This afternoon, I saw a link on the lower right of my Facebook page, inviting me to become a Facebook beta-tester. Interested, I clicked it, and this is what I saw:
As you can see, the application consists of having the applicant submit some writing which they’ll assumably assess for quality.
It would appear that Facebook may be planning to launch topical articles, similar to a Yahoo! Answers or Wikipedia.
If a large knowledge library on a variety of topics becomes available through Facebook, then the platform becomes even stickier, retaining their users for even longer. One hypothetical question occurs to me:
“How might Facebook take marketshare from Wikipedia, now that the service already is competing strongly against Google?”
I think we’ve found that particular answer.
- Oh, Facebook – Why Must You Rehost Wikipedia?!?
- Facebook’s New Place Discovery Feature – A.K.A. “Spam Your Friends”