Facebook is starting to roll out a brand new feature to turn status updates in to public conversations online. We say new, but we’ve got an eery sense of déjà vu here: you can tag other people to your post by @Mentioning their name. Hey, doesn’t Twitter do something just like that?
Rolling out over the next few weeks, the new Facebook tagging feature lets you alert someone to your post by writing @ followed by their name. As you type, the name appears from a drop down menu for you to select. Once you publish, your tagged mate gets a Facebook notification and a link on their wall to your post. It’s not just for friends either, as you can namedrop groups, events, applications and Facebook Pages in the same way too, and you’ll eventually be able to tag from within applications.
At the time of writing, we’re still not able to access the new Facebook feature, but as it rolls out across Facebookes hundreds of millions of users this month, more and more procrastinators will be able to talk just like they do on Twitter, just on Facebook. In fact, just about the only feature of the web Twitter service Facebook doesn’t offer is the ability to view your @reply history. Now how long will it be before Zuckerberg hits the switch on that too?