Although it is an encouraging news, contradicting actions by Facebook have helped only create confusion about its intentions. Facebook Connect is not exactly an open system. Nor has Facebook ever taken pride in opening up its content to others. Though I am not an addicted Facebook user, I do feel the shift in strategy.
Somehow I get a feeling that Facebook is looking for more ways to get popular. Have the anticipated stagnancy in user growth? Are they preparing to compete with the likes of Twitter and Flickr? Opening up the API is a good way of building a bigger community of developers. However, Twitter has gained a lot by opening it up at the earliest. Not only does it have an active base of users and developers, but it has a mesh of applications and mashups around it.
Or is it a step toward to compete with the likes of Google and Yahoo!?