I really like, maybe even love Facebook. It keeps me in touch with friends who I don’t see much, it lets me see what everyone is doing and lets me know generally know what’s going on in my ‘social network’.
Facebook have just made live a new feature that allows you to tag pages in photos. Amazing. They seem to be on to a good thing. They’re slowly ending up with content that’s fully indexed whatever it may be. Their little universe has a huge amount of information, like the web, and it’s all tied to people, places and products, unlike the web.. yet.
It’s in someway the beginnings of the symantic web - a machine would have no problem working out the relationships between all this information. The limits of facebook at the moment are that it’s only about the people who are on it and does not yet allow those people to record their knowledge, only really social information.
If you could start adding this information Facebook could conceivably become a far better way of using the internet as a whole.