Facebook is hoping to get the same benefits as Twitter from direct input by celebrities and organisations.
One of Twitter's biggest attractions to users is their ability to follow updates from people such as Stephen Fry and Britney Spears, and Facebook is now introducing the ability to do this.
In addition, when users update their Facebook status, they will be asked "what's on your mind right now" instead of the current "what are you doing at the moment?"
The changes mark a step towards some of the services Twitter offers its users. Facebook users will be able to connect with public figures and organisations, including photos, videos and status updates.
They will be able to comment on posted content and join in conversations. Facebook said on its company blog that celebrities, politicians, media outlets such as the New York Times, non-profit organisations and TV shows will all be represented in the new move.