Stop the presses! Facebook caves in

by Mathew on November 20, 2007 · 10 comments

From Wired magazine’s Epicenter blog comes word that the prayers of hundreds of thousands — possibly millions — of Facebook users have finally been answered: the site will be dropping the much-despised “is” from its status updates. In other words, you will no longer have to contort your status in order to put it in the present tense (or put up with updates like “Susan is was having fun” from the grammatically challenged). You see? And you said that Facebook doesn’t listen.

  • http://www.robhyndman.com Rob Hyndman

    Rob is very happy to hear that.

  • http://www.mathewingram.com/work mathewi

    Mathew is was happy to hear that too :-)

  • http://leighhimel.blogspot.com leigh

    I saw that on the facebook news blog this morning and I remember thinking, christ i hope mathew doesn't link to that story and it ends up on freakin' Techmeme as news…

    damn you mathew ingram. damn you.

  • http://www.mathewingram.com/work mathewi

    In fairness to me, I'm pretty sure it was already on there before I
    wrote about it :-)

  • http://joeduck.wordpress.com JoeDuck

    [groan] I just wrote about how TechMeme surfaces important tech news. This is news? I is needing a barf bag.

  • http://www.mathewingram.com/work mathewi

    Ok, well it's not always *that* important I guess :-)

  • http://techkeyla.blogspot.com Sujoy

    The “is” is back again. See for yourself in my post.

    http://techkeyla.blogspot.com/2007/11/facebook-

    Perhaps it wasn't permanent

  • http://joeduck.wordpress.com JoeDuck

    [groan] I just wrote about how TechMeme surfaces important tech news. This is news? I is needing a barf bag.

  • http://www.mathewingram.com/work mathewi

    Ok, well it's not always *that* important I guess :-)

  • http://techkeyla.blogspot.com Sujoy

    The “is” is back again. See for yourself in my post.

    http://techkeyla.blogspot.com/2007/11/facebook-

    Perhaps it wasn't permanent

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