Good question.I used a string such as "Howdi" and then I can see this on my member card. But why would people use this?
I never quite understood this 'Status update' concept on Facebook since I started to use that platform years ago. Indeed... as you said when one would see it as a (short) message of what you are up to, how you feel etc... it makes sense to call it a status update. But when you post an extensive article or anything else that does not fall under the 'look world, this is my new pink goldfish and this is how she makes me feel'- umbrella then it does not fit/make so much sense to call these things status-updates. What has an article got to do with any status? (But I say this from a Dutch-language point of view, so maybe in English the word 'status' fits the bill better, I have no idea).It's basically similar to writing a message on Twitter or Facebook. It's an informal way of displaying a message about what you're up to, how you're feeling or some such without needing to create an entirely new thread for it.