I believe that the statusphere is going to be the next big thing on the social web. I’m officially marking it here with respect to its originating post, “The Battle for Your Social Status: Facebook Builds Network Around Your Activity.”
By opening up the API for Facebook Status, developers will create a statusphere (new term) not unlike the vibrant Twitterverse that has propelled Twitter not only into the spotlight, but also changed how millions of people, brands, and media properties communicate with others. When combined with Facebook Connect, other communities that foster and feature conversations based on the activity and shared updates of its community may need to think how Facebook’s new and “open” interaction model affects their culture and opportunity.
I define the statusphere as the new ecosystem for sharing, discovering, and publishing updates and micro-sized content that reverberates throughout social networks and syndicated profiles, resulting in a formidable network effect of movement and response. It is the digital curation of relevant content that binds us contextually and through the statusphere we can connect directly to existing contacts, reach new people, and also forge new friendships through the friends of friends effect (FoFs) in the process.
Additional references to the statusphere, “Facebook Swims Its Way into Your Lifestream,” and “I Like You: The Emerging Culture of Micro Acts of Appreciation with Macro Impact.”