Facebook announced on Monday its latest bid to unseat Twitter as the hub for real-time online conversations: giving a few media partners the ability to tap into its “public feed” of all the Facebook posts that are made public by members.
That means companies such as CNN and Slate will be able to see a real-time list of public posts related to certain keywords.
Only posts that users have marked “public” will be available for this stream, though some users may be surprised to learn what they have made public.
Facebook is on a long march to stake its claim to what Twitter has called the “global town square.”
In June, Facebook officially rolled out hashtags, or keywords that are marked by “#,” after months of work. The hashtag was popularized by Twitter users about five years ago, as a way to easily group tweets on related topics....