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Is the Facebook "Like" Button Like a Twitter RT? Loic Le Meur Talks About the Impact of the Giant Moves on Start-Ups

Here’s an interesting interview BoomTown did last week with Seesmic Founder and CEO Loic Le Meur, whose status update client software is one of the more popular ones, at the Facebook f8 developers conference last week.

In it, he talked about the various new features of Facebook that make it “very, very close to Twitter.” Such as the new “Like” button being like a retweet on Twitter.

(Actually, the French-born Le Meur calls the microblogging service “Tweeee-ter.”)

In any case, he made some interesting points, especially since Seesmic–among others–was caught up in the controversies around the entry of Twitter into businesses so far pioneered by innovative third-party satellites of Twitter.

Still, Le Meur sought to downplay the conflict–even after Twitter bought the competing Tweetie desktop client–with a blogpost titled: “F*CK you naysayers. Twitter did NOT f*ck us and just rocks.”

Alrighty then!

And while it is true that Seesmic is more than just a Twitter client–with Facebook, LinkedIn and more in its dashboard for the desktop and mobile devices–Le Meur has to hope that competition between the microblogging service and the social networking giant is a good thing for smaller start-ups in their ecosystem, such as Seesmic.

Here’s the video:

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