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Facebook event: Fact-free speculation?

On Monday, Facebook sent out an irritatingly vague invitation to reporters:

You are invited to an event that will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at Facebook. Registration for the event will begin at 10am. Additional details are included below.

Set aside the thought of this company expecting East Coast-based press to drop everything to follow that generic pitch. (I'd ask if they think they're Apple, but Apple PR usually gives at least a week's notice.) What would the news be?

It can't be yet another privacy-settings change, since the company allegedly got them right back in May. It's probably not a new feature; Facebook's Places check-in option debuted only seven weeks ago.

(Disclaimer: If you haven't already memorized the line about Post Co. Chairman Don Graham being on Facebook's board of directors -- or noticed the Facebook widgets on this page -- you must be new to this.)

Today's news could be the Facebook-branded phone I discussed, and largely dismissed, earlier.

But maybe it's just yet another redesign. Last night, TechCrunch cited employee leaks and Twittered reports of a new chat interface to suggest that the social network is about to drop yet another revised interface on its more than 500 million active users.

If that's the case, I can comfortably make two predictions:

1. The journalists who cleared their schedules to cover this event are going to resent Facebook PR.

2. Facebook users will rise up en masse to denounce the new look; tens of thousands will join Facebook groups protesting it and demanding that Facebook restore the old design. Six months to a year later, the process will repeat -- just as it did eight months ago, the last time Facebook redid its interface.

That's my largely reporting-free speculation; what's yours?

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 6, 2010; 11:19 AM ET
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Comments

In my opinion, I think that Facebook will be bringing up some new security features for those "numb-skulls" who "accidentaly" leak too much personal information.

Or, yeh, it could be a new design.

Either way, I really don't care, cause I rarely use social web pages (especially, FB).

Posted by: TarquiniusSuperbus | October 6, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

My guess is video chat. I think that would be a huge win for FB.

Posted by: WhoRYou | October 6, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Facebook and Twitter will merge. New name: "Fritter".

Posted by: peter44 | October 6, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

The announcement that they have two mice who are planning to Take Over The World!

Posted by: wiredog | October 6, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Facebook is merging with Myspace, its now called Myface.....Zuckerburg is telling everyone the new slogan is to come on Myface.

Posted by: MrWillie | October 6, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

They are going to announce a new PR team!

Posted by: simonetta1 | October 6, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Aw, geez, now we don't just have to read ad nauseum reports about what facebook did and said, we also have to speculate about what they're gonna do next. Don't we have any real news to talk about anymore?

Posted by: jjtwo | October 6, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I think MrWillie nailed it!

Posted by: divtune | October 6, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: mdsails | October 6, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

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