13 December 2007 | Henry Elliss

Facebook “IS” no more…!

Logging on this morning, I noticed that Facebook have finally bowed to pressure and removed the mandatory "is" from status updates. No longer will we have to limit ourselves to statuses that fit in with the "Henry is…" style – I can now "think", "say", "won’t", "fancy", "hate" and all sorts of other goodness – whatever you can think of in fact. Well, providing it starts with your name anyway.

Facebook seem to be trying to "transition" the change slowly, and have left the "is" in at the start of the box, but you have the option of going back and deleting it (see below):

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I for one never really worried too much about the issue, but a lot of people evidently did – the group "Petition to Get Rid of "is" from Facebook Status Update!" has got over 180,000 members.

Untitled2_3In other news, Facebook also seem to have extended the auto-complete function in the search box, from just showing up when you type in friends names to now showing "brands" or fan-pages you have "fanned" – see example below:

Henry Elliss

Henry Elliss

Managing Director at Tamar, I've also headed-up the Search team for 7 years.

  • http://www.theaffiliatetruth.com The Affiliate Truth

    Its good to see that they are listening to their users and a massive shame that not more sites do it. Nice post.

  • http://www.sugarrae.com Rae

    I just posted this on the Sphinn page, but am going to comment it here too, because it’s annoying and hopefully, if enough people will complain, RIM will eventually fix it:
    Originally when they dropped the is, the Facebook for Blackberry application AND the Facebook Firefox toolbar both were still showing the is. As of this morning, the Facebook for firefox toolbar updated and fixed the issue. RIM however has yet to fix the blackberry application, so those using it still must use and see the is:
    Originally when they dropped the is, the Facebook for Blackberry application AND the Facebook Firefox toolbar both were still showing the is. As of this morning, the Facebook for firefox toolbar updated and fixed the issue. RIM however has yet to fix the blackberry application, so those using it still must use and see the is:
    http://www.bbgeeks.com/blackberry-applications/the-facebook-is-lives-on-in-the-blackberry-app-88125/
    and
    http://www.bbgeeks.com/blackberry-applications/facebook-is-for-you-and-bb-88129/