Why Notes are not the answer
by Dave Winer Monday, August 29, 2016

A follow-up to the Facebook post, that is thankfully, getting lots of RTs from influentials. 

I've been asking for this feature from Facebook for about three years, obviously, without success. This is the first time I've done a concentrated public campaign for support.

Each time when it's discussed internally they come back saying that Notes has the features I'm asking for. This is true. But there are two problems with Notes, the first bigger than the second.

  1. Very few people read Notes, just as few people click on links to read posts on external sites on Facebook. 
  2. There is an API for Notes, but it is deprecated. Deprecation says you should be transitioning away from the API, not towards it. Building on a deprecated API is a non-starter. Can't do it.

If you have further questions please respond to the tweet, or the version of this post on Facebook