Twitter versus Facebook: Should you Choose One?

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Twitter or Facebook? Or Both? In this post Steve Thornton (follow him at @stevethornton) explores the decision.

The phenomenon of social networking is still in its infancy and it remains to be seen exactly which network might become the 800-pound gorilla in the space. It is reminiscent of the dotcom 90s, when I worked in the search industry; dozens of venture-backed search firms battled for dominance and search appeared to become a commodity, with limited monetization potential, or so we all thought at the time.

There are now so many social networks vying for users that even the most elite “Digerati” have trouble keeping up with the ever-shifting landscape. And most are still struggling to find effective monetization strategies, casting doubt on their long term survival and pointing to massive consolidation at some point.

The Evolution of Social Networking Compared to Search

In the now-infamous dotcom era, Yahoo, Lycos, Excite and others evolved into portals in a desperate attempt to find ways to make money, since nobody had really found effective ways to monetize search. That was, until companies like Goto.com (which became Overture and was eventually bought by Yahoo) and Google invented the concept of paid search and contextual, pay-to-click advertising models. The rest is history and we all knew who won the war.

So it seems today that applications like Twitter and Facebook, while attracting new users at astounding rates have not fully defined their business models and the 800-pound gorilla has yet to emerge. It is still early in the game and, as with search in the mid 90s, the eventual winners in the social networking space may not even yet exist, but I would argue that Twitter and Facebook are emerging as potential contenders to dominate.

The differences between the two networks are substantial and in some ways a direct comparison between the two is actually difficult to make. Twitter is simple and feels like Google did in 1998, while Facebook offers a portal-like interface somewhat reminiscent of Yahoo.

Key Elements of Facebook and Twitter

Facebook appeals to people looking to reconnect with old friends and family members or find new friends online; the mashup of features like email, instant messaging, image and video sharing, etc. feels familiar, while Twitter is a bit harder to get your arms around at first.

Most people can very quickly grasp how to use Facebook to connect to friends and family, using it to share thoughts, images, etc. Like MySpace but more geared to adults than teens, Facebook is a social networking Portal; beckoning you not to leave but rather to stick around and communicate within the network.

Twitter on the other hand, encourages you grab ideals in byte-size chunks and use your updates as jumping off points to other places or just let others know what you’re up to at any given moment.

Why People Love Facebook

Facebook appeals to social animals and can be very addicting to people who have an insatiable appetite to stay connected with friends and make new acquaintances. In fact, some people report they rarely use email or IM tools anymore in their online social communications anymore, relying almost entirely on Facebook for email, chat, image and video sharing.

Facebook addicts prefer the social portal model versus having to log into AIM, Yahoo Messenger, Gmail, Hotmail, Flickr, YouTube, MySpace, etc. Instead, Facebook gives them a single alternative to all these applications, with one login and interface to manage their online social interaction needs. This largely explains the explosive growth Facebook continues to experience and why the company reportedly invested $200 million in data center upgrades last year to keep up with demand!

Why People Love Twitter

The usefulness of Twitter is not readily as obvious to some people as Facebook; although it may be more addictive once you get the hang of Tweeting; you get more immediate responses and it seems to live somewhere between the worlds of email, instant messaging and blogging. Twitter encourages constant “linking out” to anywhere and, in that respect, is more analogous to a pure search engine; another way to find people and content all over the Net.

Twitter has quickly built brand awareness and a loyal following, especially among the technically adept; bloggers, online marketers, evangelists, basically anyone with something to promote seem to find Twitter extremely valuable.

When asked why they love Twitter, users say like “I can ask a question and get an instantaneous response”. They crave the ability to “tap into the collective consciousness” of others on the network, bouncing ideas off others with whom they would otherwise have no means of connecting. Twitter addicts claim it’s like the old fashioned water cooler, where people can gather to shoot the breeze on whatever topic is on their minds. Twitter is like a communications stream you dive into for an invigorating swim.

Different Communication Styles for Different Social Settings

Let’s say you go to a wedding or other social gathering where lots of people know each other. The style and tone of communication there will be more like using Facebook; you chat with old friends and acquaintances, mixing and mingling in an intimate manner. In this setting, people tend to feel more relaxed and “in their element”. Conversations are familiar and center on shared experiences and connections.

Now, when you go to a large party or social event where you don’t know most of the people in attendance, you will use a very different style of communication, more like Twitter; you want to meet people and somehow make yourself known, stand out from the crowd, make an impression, self promote and make new connections. Twitter is like getting the podium and not everyone feels comfortable or knows how to stand comfortably in the spotlight.

In fact, almost all of us, when first approaching Twitter, tend to use it to post useless updates like “Going to lunch”, thinking of it as a another tool to communicate with friends, when in fact, it is more like stepping on to a stage, where you are communicating with an audience and quickly find that you need to find a voice and say something useful and interesting or quickly lose the attention of your audience. People refer to Twitter as a mini or micro blogging platform.

So Which Social Network is the Best?

While zealots will immediately point to either Twitter or Facebook as being superior, the truth is that each has its advantages and disadvantages and will tend to appeal more to different types of people and for different reasons. Each can have great or little value to anyone; it really depends on what you are trying to accomplish in a given situation. Consider some of the pros and cons of each network:

Twitter Pros

  • Easy to navigate and update, link to and promote anything
  • Reach far beyond your inner circle of friends
  • One feed pools all users; anyone can follow anyone else unless blocked
  • Pure communication tool, rapid responsiveness
  • You don’t have to be logged in to get updates; you can just use an RSS reader
  • Very interactive, extensible messaging platform with open APIs
  • Many other applications being developed (Twitterific, Summize, Twhirl, etc.)
  • Potential SMS text messaging revenue from wireless networks (although Twitter states they are not currently getting any cut)
  • Potential future advertising and/or enterprise subscription-based revenue streams
  • With its “thin” overhead, Twitter is probably more scalable than Facebook, giving it a cost advantage

Twitter Cons

  • Limited functionality; find people, send brief messages, direct replies
  • Limited to 140 characters per update
  • Not all people find it immediately useful
  • Over-emphasis on follower counts
  • Easily abused for spam and increasing the noise level
  • Relatively smaller installed user base
  • As yet no readily apparent monetization strategy

Facebook Pros

  • Application mashup; find people, make connections, email, instant messaging, image/video sharing, etc.
  • Most people can quickly grasp the value of connecting with friends, family and established contacts; some people report they use Facebook instead of email and IM
  • More emphasis on deep connections with others vs. who has the most connections
  • “True Friends” feature increases your transparency to selected connections; almost like having private and public profiles
  • Huge, rapidly growing installed user base
  • Inherit stickiness, third party applications, “gift giving” and personal data collection make Facebook a powerful advertising platform

Facebook Cons

  • More difficult to navigate and update
  • Requires investment of time to realize sustained benefit
  • Opt in model requires a user to allow others to connect
  • Less immediate responses; unless you stay logged on continually
  • Overhead of mashup and “thick” applications could limit scalability, bloat cost structure

The Future of Social Networking

In the end, both Twitter and Facebook are simply communication tools; both will continue to evolve and morph as users find new ways to extract value and either network may or may become a long term winner in the rapidly evolving social networking space. Ultimately, the fact remains to be seen whether either application has a profitable, scalable and sustainable business model or whether the exit strategy is simply to be acquired.

As we learned in the search space, consolidation will eventually prevail. Unless they can find a way to turn all those eyeballs into profits, social networks will lose relevance. It does seem obvious that the venture capitalists are betting they will not only continue to enjoy tremendous growth but will also successfully monetize all that traffic.

But, will either Twitter or Facebook become the next Google or will they fade into the rear view mirror of technological and social evolution? What do you think?

Comments

  • January 13, 2009

    I think if we follow the lesson of Google and the search engine race, then the likely winner is going to be Twitter. It keeps things simple and doesn’t try to offer loads of choices!

  • January 13, 2009
    Mark Wanczak
    @Energy_Geek

    One of the big differences for me is how my generation uses Facebook versus Twitter. I’m 24, so Facebook has been popular since my freshman year of college. Now, imagine everything you did in college photographed and documented in one place. Those coming to Facebook late use it as a professional social tool first, and a local social tool second. My generation is the opposite. I’m not comfortable with linking to my Facebook account because of the things my friends post. While I remove most of it once I see it, I have no control. And, to be honest, I’d like to leave Facebook as it is. I can use LinkedIn and Twitter to make up for my Facebook’s professional shortcomings.

    On the other hand, I’ve begun using Twitter a few months ago. Because of my late arrival, it has become a professional networking tool rather than a way to communicate with friends.

  • January 13, 2009

    I have both, but more or less only use Twitter.

    And I fully agree with what Mike says.

  • January 13, 2009

    I was on Facebook first, but actually find it more annoying than useful. Twitter helps me get through the day, and gives me conversation with like minds (mostly other web pros) thousands of miles away. A real plus for me.

    I get the feeling that Facebook and Myspace are head to head, with Twitter doing something different, and we may loose one of MySpace and Facebook, but we’ll always have something like them, and something like Twitter.

  • January 13, 2009

    Easy as this:

    Twitter for stuff within 140 characters;
    Facebook for stuff 141 characters and longer.

    None’s going to eclipse the other. They’ll just play along real fine.

  • January 13, 2009

    Twitter and Facebook are two very different applications. I doubt I could choose one over the other. What we need here are ways to make the two better compliment each other.

  • January 13, 2009

    Good article. I had been researching both but decided to try Twitter first because it seemed easier and required less decisions. I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I know I will eventually sign up for FaceBook but it is still rather intimidating to me, so I’ll stick with Twitter for now :)

  • January 13, 2009

    What an excellent post about the difference between the two. I tend to think of Facebook in terms of connecting with my own life – my history, my past, and even my present. Twitter, for me, is about meeting people who are complete strangers to me – I personally know very few of my followers, but I know about all of my Facebook friends. Both are indispensable for me.

  • January 13, 2009

    My preference is Twitter. I can microblog on my own schedule. Facebook would require to much of my sustained time.

  • January 13, 2009

    I feel that Twitter is the future – In my eyes it hasn’t even gone mainstream yet.
    Facebook has longevity in it too.

    I use both Twitter and Facebook…

  • January 13, 2009

    I use both Twitter and Facebook since each have specific uses.

    Facebook, for me, is more closed than Twitter. Mostly they are people I have meet in person, chatted with online, or a friend introduced me.

    Twitter is like subscribing to RSS feeds but you can talk back. I sometimes follow someone just because their Tweets look interesting.

    I use both and I don’t see Twitter replacing Facebook although some people might use it less.

  • January 13, 2009

    Definitely Twitter if I had to choose one. But I will be getting the hand of Facebook. I get distracted easily and Facebook just has too much going on. Tools like Digsby clean it up a bit and make easier to use in my case. In other words, running Facebook through Digsby makes it more like Twitter.

  • January 13, 2009

    I use both. Facebook is for finding old friends and Twitter is for making new ones. Some of my older friends don’t use Twitter so by using both, I am in contact with everyone. I am more active on Twitter. It seems to be more alive than Facebook and less messy.

  • January 13, 2009

    I think your comparison is perceptive, it solidifies my gut feeling about the two. In particular, the wedding (I don’t care for weddings or Facebook) and the large party. Twitter makes it easy to watch new people and engage with them as long as you are willing to do a little work, observing what is said by whom and reading profiles.
    Many people would gain a lot by taking more care with their own profiles, adding their interests and using a representative photo or an original expressive avatar.
    Also, Facebook is so huge and in the large groups, there’s plenty borderline spam and “look at my site” links.
    I occasionally get mails from old friends inviting me to befriend them on FB, but I deleted my account there. I give them my toll-free phone number if they want to talk.

  • January 13, 2009

    The best and most succinct comment on the matter that I found is this:

    “Facebook is about people you used to know; Twitter is about people you’d like to know better.”

    Much as I wish I had said that, it is not mine.

    The credit belongs here: http://tinyurl.com/77b7ez

  • January 13, 2009

    I think the 140 character is one of Twitter’s strengths, not a weakness. With the amount of data, communication and diatribes to sift through on the internet, I appreciate having access to a tool where people are forced to distill down the essence of what they need to say (and are encouraged to say it many times a day.)

    Certainly for the more experienced users (whose words of wisdom I am on Twitter to collect), this is nearly an art form: each word packs a punch, each URL carefully chosen, each Tweet carefully constructed to give the most impact.

    I’d rather follow a handful of industry thought leaders who can cull out the garbage and educate me with 140 character knowledge-infused “info charges,” than sift through a sea of random blog posts, updates, musing and invitations to “accept a flower” someone that I barely know anymore.

    Don’t get me wrong. I like Facebook and it has value. But for career advancement, industry insight, and the ability to keep up with the blinding pace that news moves these days, in my opinion, it can’t hold a candle to Twitter.

  • January 13, 2009
    AmplifyGood
    @AmplifyGood

    in RE: “But, will either Twitter or Facebook become the next Google or will they fade into the rear view mirror of technological and social evolution? What do you think?”

    IMHO: Google will buy Twitter. Facebook will start to fade as Myspace is now. LinkedIn up & comer for business networking.

  • January 13, 2009

    I am surprised you are even making this comparison. This is beyond apples and oranges. The two things don’t even belong in the ‘fruit’ family together. Facebook is in the business of online identity centralization. Twitter is in the business of online relationship cultivation. As somebody just said on twitter, FB is for people you used to know. Twitter is for people you want to know better.

    You need both to be effective in online presence. LinkedIn or a personal blog might be a substitute for FB, but not twitter. Good metaphor: FB can be your car. Twitter is the gas pump. Not much point buying a lot of gas if you have nowhere to put it. That’s why Twitter provides a place to put your main online presence HQ on your profile page. I use my blog. Others use FB.

    As for your monetization strategy question, I think advertising may be a stop-gap revenue model, but NOT the long-term one. For two reasons. First, traditional advertising itself is undergoing a sea-change as we speak, so the ’source’ in its traditional form will dry up and be displaced by smarter relationship marketing/PR models unrecognizable as such. Second, there are other ideas. I am keeping my better ones to myself :)

    Venkat

  • January 13, 2009

    Someone on Twitter once said “Facebook is for people you used to know, Twitter is for people you hope to know” :)
    My FB friends list consists of people I’ve not talked to in 14 years (high school) and friends not on Twitter.
    My Twitter friends consist of lots of cool people that I have met via Twitter (at tweet-ups), people I hope to meet, and lots of people with great advice, such as this fellow that goes by @ProBlogger.
    Twitter also has a myriad of apps that I can run on my computer (or cell phone) without having to mess with the 40 tabs in my browser.
    For me, Twitter is by far and away the better choice.

  • January 13, 2009

    Twitter and Facebook are quite different in my mind – Facebook has more of an “all about me” feel to it, with photos, events, personal details, zombie games etc., as well as they “what are you doing” status updates of Twitter. In fact, I use a Facebook app to mirror my Twitter updates to Facebook.

    Oh, and I agree with Ryan about the nature of who you add as friends: I only add people as Facebook friends if I’ve either met them or had a decent amount of online interaction with them, whereas I might follow people on Twitter that I’ve never heard of before.

  • January 13, 2009

    Great post, thanks. I do use both, though twitter much more so than FaceBook. It’s taken me a while, but I think I’m starting to “get” twitter, whereas FaceBook just leaves me thinking WTF. That could change over time as more of the people I know start to use FaceBook, but at the moment it isn’t really for me.

  • January 13, 2009

    thoughtful post, thank you!

    it’s not a choice for me; which one to use – but rather, how to use both of them in ways that are helpful.

    facebook is my online phone book; a place where people can and have found me and a place where i have happily re-connected with family and friends. it’s nice to stop by; take a look at recent photos; cruise updates (however dull they can be) and post a few ‘ hey how’s it going’ notes to walls.

    twitter is my newsfeed for ‘all things’ inspiring, informative, entertaining. a great place to run around with like-minded ‘information seekers’. i am making connections in the form of friendships and creative collaborations that i would not have made otherwise.

    (a bit off topic) i’m curious to see how twitter will grow. advertising seems like a possible next step and would hopefully encourage brands to play more of a role. it seems that some think just being on there is ‘enough’ and a select few understand that ‘interaction’ is what twitter begs for…

  • January 13, 2009

    An excellent article Steve – thank you.

    I think both Twitter and Facebook have their place. I think Twitter has more potential to be taken seriously by the business sector, but then its value is more difficult for businesses to appreciate when starting to use it. Facebook on the other hand has a much richer interface with more scope for broadcasting, but in some ways I think that makes it harder to be distinctive.

    It’s going to be an interesting 2009 :)

  • January 13, 2009

    Hello. I have just started my twitting adventure (less than one month), and I have to admit that it could be addictive. It is so simple to use that I still don’t understand why there are people who thinks it is intimidating. On the contrary, I have signed up for facebook a long time ago and still learning how to use it. It could be complicated specially if you have very little time available for reading FAQs and how to’. In any event, I do agree with most of what people have said here. I also don’t think that one is better than the other. Actually, everything you need to know is right here, on your Pros and Cons:) Fantastic post. BTW, thanks for twhirl. Great tool. just installed it..

  • January 13, 2009

    Twitter sometimes reminds me of a swingers party without the ‘follow through’.. instant gratification without much substance.. but it is fun!;)
    Facebook is more ‘grown up’ and sensible.. therefore.. bit dull…? :)

  • January 13, 2009

    I’ve heard this debate before and never quite understood it, because I have both and use them for entirely different purposes. I’m a cultural journalist and use Twitter primarily for dispensing quick news and getting information. For quite a while, it existed primarily as a headline portal on my blog, though I have begun using it to interact more. Facebook is for keeping up with friends and family, and to a lesser degree work contacts. Again, my use of Facebook has evolved, and probably that’s the crux of this discussion, that use of both will continue to evolve.

  • January 13, 2009

    I love both but enjoy twitter more. The real-time aspect of twitter and the dynamic flow of information appeals to me. On the other hand, I only “friend” those I truly know on facebook. Apples and oranges, at least for me. Like them both, often precisely because of their differences.

  • January 13, 2009

    I use FB to connect with people I know or used to know, and I use Twitter to connect with people I’ve never met but who share similar careers or ideas. So in my case, FB is more personal and Twitter is more professional. I think both are fantastic applications and serve their own purpose.

  • January 13, 2009

    Why choose one of them when you can use both?

    Try the Twitter app for Facebook – all my tweets are automatically updated as my Facebook status. Best of both worlds! ;)

  • January 13, 2009

    Came over to try out the Twitter comment. Just started using Facebook.

  • January 13, 2009

    I’m wondering why the comparison is not between three networks. In other words why nobody is talking about LinkedIn…For me this was the obvious network. I discovered Facebook when looking to reconstruct the list of my students.
    Twitter I saw and see as a micro-blog and therefore like it very much, since I’m a person of few words.

  • January 13, 2009

    I don’t see a either or philosophy here between the two. They both have merit, and can be used Together in Harmony. Here is a post from my Blog about what I use and the reasons why.
    http://bigskychef.blogspot.com/2008/12/twitter-as-tool.html
    Keep up the great posts.

  • January 13, 2009

    I think Twitter will end up going the way of Myspace, and be bought by a large company wishing to exploit its user base for its own ends. Therefore, no monetization strategy needed. FB has limited uses as an effective means of communication, at least for me. YMMV

  • January 13, 2009
    Chiconya
    @chiconyaw

    I use both twitter and facebook. Actually my tweets update my facebook status. Very effective.

  • January 13, 2009

    I have both too but new to twitter.
    Like it but still haven’t got the hang of it.
    Thanks for the article.

  • January 13, 2009

    Great way to compare the FB and Twitter. I see how they can “play together” FB seems like email to me. I haven’t used it that long, and it does have it’s place. At first I thought Twitter was a complete waste of time. Twitter to me was like ADHD on Crack. Once I got a little group though, I loved it. I look forward to seeing these people’s tweets. It’s oddly comforting even if they are just saying they are having a chicken burrito. Once you start tweeting FB seems cumbersome.

  • January 13, 2009

    Both, as many do, and using Twitter to update my Facebook updates.

    I’m definitely more selective when Friending on Facebook, and that’s how I choose to use it. But for meeting new people, and staying up to date on the movers & shakers in my field(s), you can’t beat the Twitterverse.

  • January 13, 2009

    Facebook and Twitter don’t even seem like competitors to me. I use them in totally different ways. Facebook is how I keep in touch with my “Real Life” friends. Twitter is my public social network.

  • January 13, 2009

    If you are an Open Source Developer or Content creator (If you are a member of either service you are a content creator) you should not use Facebook or Twitter.

    By using Facebook or Twitter you are essentially raising the value of their companies and applications. Both Facebook and Twitter are closed source content silos that do not allow you to control the content that you create. Neither Facebook or Twitter put the content creator/members at the top of their pyramids when thinking about revenue models. Each of these companies puts their Companies first above the members and communities that have given them value and money.

    If you are a developer you may be able to make some money by creating applications for Facebook or Twitter ; but I do not believe that Facebook or Twitter will ever allow your application to eat into their users base or their revenue. Because they are both closed source companies that have the ability to literally cut you off by changing the code/api or by using their proprietary knowledge to build an application that you can not possibly compete with. As a coder understand that when build and extend Facebook or Twitters propitiatory platforms that you undermine the longevity of the Open Internet.

    Content owners and Developers do not help these closed source companies (Twitter and Facebook) in their goal creating another closed source content trap that will extract hundreds of Millions on dollars from their member and developer communities and give nothing back in return.

  • January 13, 2009

    I’m about to rip through all my Facebook ‘friends’ to get rid of all the randoms and unknowns. I’m going to use Facebook for people who I know and love, while using Twitter to develop interesting web-relationships with people who I admire or find interesting.

    I wish my loved ones used Twitter, but they can’t see how it would enhance their day. They don’t work online.

  • January 13, 2009

    I use both. Twitter for quick chats. Facebook for more indept relationship developement. They work hand in hand. Twitter also updates my Facebook.

  • January 13, 2009

    For me, Twitter is best for listening to people in my field. I tend to get my tech news much faster here.

    Facebook is only for my friends, the ones I have have met face to face, or have at least conversed with though an email conversation or instant message. I probably have only 5 of my twitters friends on my facebook..

  • January 13, 2009

    Facebook is great as a personal tool – it helps you keep in touch with old friends. Twitter is better for business – it allows you to learn from people you wouldn’t normally have direct contact with.

    I also think that niche social networking sites are going to be increasingly prevalent. Facebook is extremely general – but sites aimed toward certain demographics or industries (like entrepreneurs) will allow people to knowledge share and connect in a more meaningful way.

  • January 13, 2009

    i love using twitter–i like to call it “crack for geminis”. facebook is annoying and intrusive (yes, that’s intentionally ironic). my tweets are generally those in the metaphysical arts but really enjoy connecting outside of that circle, too. it’s quick and easy–easy to walk away from, so tempting to return.

  • January 13, 2009

    Awesome article, I get that question quite a bit since I consult SEO and related. I’ll definitely share this article with my clients. Nice clean breakdown of the pros and cons of each platform.

    For me, I like FB better that Twitter just because I like to stay in touch with friends but Twitter is hot for sharing your voice, presenting your wares and getting input from real people at almost real time, few seconds here and there.

    Thanks for taking the time to share these thoughts!

  • January 13, 2009

    I use both, and I work to combine them into one promotional vehicle for my blog. The three together are my online presence, each with its own advantages. Twitter is conversational, facebook is more about my my connections to the world, and my blog is my intellect. They are the heart and arm and brain of my personna in this world.
    Tweets can be automatically loaded onto facebook, and my blog is part of the NetworkedBlogs app on facebook. I often tweet my updates. All of these are linked on my blog as well.
    If you are going to use all of these for what they are, linking them up is the key.

  • January 13, 2009

    I think Twitter will flounder as noise > value, similar to mySpace which lost a lot of regular users as the level of spam increased – I wrote about it over here

  • January 13, 2009

    I use both. Facebook only for people I know in real life – as a tool to streamline my social life and enrich my relationships. I also use Facebook for social ads and my fan page – which is working out very well for bringing in new business and helping me to serve existing clients – http://www.facebook.com/socialbees

    My team and I use Twitter in a very public way. Meet new people, network and stay on top of what the world is talking about outside my own group of friends (esp since I’m in the Silicon Valley bubble!). Still, I take it all with a grain of salt for now because it’s not yet mainstream enough to give me a REAL sample of what the world cares about – beyond the very tech savvy, more cutting edge user… they also don’t have a tool to show me how many of my Tweets are actually being read by my followers, so this is a pretty major drawback, as I don’t gauge success by number of followers/fans, but rather on whether my message is actually reaching those people.

  • January 13, 2009

    I liked Twitter a lot, since I used to be an IRC chatter. Ever since I joined business and web, its for the first time, any social app on web gave me a feel like IRC! So thats why I liked it more.

    If someone has a lot of time to look around on the web, Facebook is more applicable.

    If someone wants to be fast and free, Twitter is best.

    If someone wants to be everywhere, he should go to twitter, facebook, orkut, myspace, blah blah blah.

    I agree with the thoughts of William that we should look at Open Source solutions and adopt them, rather working for Facebook and Twitter, promoting their brands. Its not that I don’t like them, they are surely providing free service, and spending money on servers, technology and all the arrangements. However, its a fact that they do not give any return back to users who joined their networks and promoted them.

  • January 13, 2009

    On a recent webcast interview with @LeesaBarnes she asked us (the panel) which sites we preferred the most. Overwhelmingly the answer was Twitter.

    Twitter exists in the moment. No prepping for it, no inboxes to deal with, no backlog. If you miss a stream of Tweets, no biggie. Another opportunity will arise. If Twitter were a book, it would be Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now. No need to think about yesterday or tomorrow, it’s all about the present moment.

    That’s what keeps me Tweeting.
    :-)
    Nancy

  • January 13, 2009

    @William, agreed! Which is why I use Identica mostly instead of Twitter, and work on its AGPL Free Software. Only together can we create a big decentralized federation of open source software services.

  • January 13, 2009

    There are two types of communication channels – synchronous and asynchronous. Real time and delayed, if you prefer. Blogs and Facebook are ‘delayed’ -> you can check in next day or next week for comments and messages. Twitter is real time or synchronous -> it’s much harder to continue the conversation once the chat channel has passed.
    There are three types of social networks in general: depth of content such as a blog where the content is created in isolation and then presented finished for comment to the social network (MySpace is a good example). Then distribution networks where a link to the content is offered up with only a little comment (you can’t blog on Facebook). Then discussion networks where the links are offered up for real time discussions (Twitter).

    It is highly unlikely that one of them will disappear – depth of content, distribution or discussion – but it is likely they will become hybridized. Facebook is moving more and more into real time chat like Twitter, and MySpace is offering applications and distribution mechanisms to their blog network.

    Or short answer – they are different types of networks for different purposes. :P

    Oh and Erin? I use Facebook for business and Twitter for personal.

  • January 13, 2009

    Steve,

    Thank you for a non-biased, well thought out post. Personally I have gotten kind of tired of facebook and have been a recent regular on twitter. I feel as though facebook may be spreading themselves too thin by encompassing so many features. It can be very overwhelming for a user who simply wants to communicate with others. Twitter, while hard to grasp its concept at first glance, does provide a very simple, straightforward method of communicating. It will definitely be interesting to see how these two services find success or failures in the next few years.

    Thanks,
    Dave

  • January 13, 2009

    For personal brand building, I use Twitter and Linked in – I have a presence on Facebook but is more for social reasons.

    I’ve set my clients up on both sites and for a business I think that it really depends on your industry. Media sites with an automatic feed are a natural for Twitter. So too for airlines and industries that need to get information out fast Twitter is an unbelievable tool

    For online stores and anyone else with a well established web site, Twitter is great and can supplement and direct consumers back to the web site.

    Facebook on the other hand, is terrific for offline stores, without an online presence. It’s also great for manufacturers and any large company where making changes to the web site takes 14 sign-off- Facebook can be a supplement for quick additions.

    I think that the two need to be used in conjunction since they both have their strengths. Twitter is quicker for attracting followers – facebook is better for detail.

  • January 13, 2009

    I use both, and I use both for business and personal reasons. (i.e., I have both personal and business Twitter and Facebook accounts.)

    Twitter has been much more useful professionally than Facebook. Being of the original Facebook generation (it came out when I was in college), I tend to look at it much more from a personal viewpoint. I have something like 50 albums dating all the way back to senior year spring break (hence, creating a separate business account). But using Facebook for business purposes, to promote our company, has been tough. It’s time consuming and difficult to gain users on our Fan page … or at least, you have to be MUCH more proactive about it.

    Twitter makes that much easier. I can update it often throughout the day without getting sucked in (especially using the 40Twitter app). I can link to our blogs and articles and pretty much guarantee we’ll see traffic from Twitter.

    So, both Twitter and Facebook have their place, and I don’t think one will conquer the other. Actually, a lot of apps out there make them work together quite harmoniously. :)

  • January 13, 2009

    Imho (and that’s the only one I have) they are two separate animals. FB is, by and large, used to reconnect and stay connected with people at a macro-level. True, there is the status update, but that has become almost secondary to the updates that occur at a larger level in people’s lives – what’s going on with their kids, with their lives, etc. On FB, there is definitely a blurring of the line between personal and professional. But it has definitely allowed much more rich personal relationships to come back to me with people that I would probably have never reconnected with, and also has allowed some professional relationships to become more personal.

    Twitter is much more of an immediate gratification resource. What’s going on with specific people right now. And it’s not nec something that I would browse through, as I would in FB. Also, it is pretty much on the professional side – no-one that I know only on the personal side of my life is yet on Twitter.

    Maybe it’s a generational thing.

  • January 13, 2009

    I like Twitter better than Facebook. The only reason I am keeping my Facebook account and viting it is becauase many of our friends at church uses Facebook (except for a couple…)

  • January 13, 2009
    Amanda B
    @mandawahoo

    @Mark Wanczak

    I agree completely. I’m 25, and I use my Facebook as a social tool only because my profile and pictures are more personal and less professional.

    Twitter I use primarily for business, information, links, etc.

    Both tools are constructed to perform in such different ways, I don’t think you can fairly compare the two.

  • January 13, 2009

    Facebook for friends and family; Twitter for future friends and business networking
    Facebook for photos of events; Twitter for live-blogging the event; both for invites
    Facebook for a once a day dip and deleting ninja requests; Twitter for ongoing interest and linkouts

    Preferring Twitter since May 08.

  • January 13, 2009
    Stevie Miller
    @webfamiliar

    I started out using Twitter, Plurk, and Facebook at the same time (about a month ago) because I wanted to build up a following for a professional blog I’m preparing to launch. Without intending it to end up this way, I found all real-life friends on Facebook and only online contacts on Twitter and Plurk. So already as a professional I’m not looking at Facebook as a place where a lot of readers are going to follow me, and I may not be comfortable directing them there since my real-life friends post lots of personal and frivolous messages. I agree with the earlier sentiment that Facebook and Twitter don’t make for a good comparison. I suppose both are designed to connect you to people, but Facebook is built around YOU and your profile, while Twitter is built around headlines, links, and the content you’re providing. People friend you on Facebook because they like *you*; they follow you on Twitter because they like what you have to *say*.

  • January 13, 2009

    I use FB extensively, and have just started Twitter, and I agree with your extremely well-written and well-thought-out sentiments. The major problem I have encountered is with the time difference between the US (where many of the folks I “want to know” from a professional perspective are located) & where I am located, which is GMT +2. So unfortunately for those of us located overseas, twitter is just as asynchronous as FB, blogs, email, etc. I wonder how many others of us over on this side of the Atlantic feel similarly?

  • January 13, 2009

    Hey Steve

    I’ve had Facebook back when it was only the college thing to do. Now, it’s opened up to a wider audience, which is great for them for obvious reasons. I have tons of connections on Facebook because of family, friends from H.S. and College and now because of different blogging ventures and social networking sites.

    @ Stephan, I agree with him, Facebook like any service, can get out of control. WE see some examples here of people who signed up for Facebook because of a business or other social reason (nothing wrong with that) but other people are on Facebook for different reasons than trying to expand your brand, sell a product or to talk about a new product launch and so on.

    For me, Facebook is a more closer to home (personal) than most other services. If someone wanted to know if I was a real human, the real Miguel (beside visiting my site) they could learn all about me from viewing my facebook profile, within reason of course. Don’t stock me! I’ll block you! :)

    haha, anyhow… as long as different, new and exciting addons are being created, among other factors, I don’t see it going away but I wouldn’t be surprised if it slowed down or even fell of the map. Anything can happen. Myspace was going strong, people didn’t think it would take a hit, but they were wrong. By the way, I don’t even use myspace- I never got into it. :)

  • January 13, 2009

    Twitter has certainly influenced how i now use Facebook professionally. I think that the two are very different and can sit side-by-side – i use them both and gain from them both and will be happy to see both evolve and blossom :)

    Lee.

  • January 13, 2009

    Thanks for this post. I bookmarked it as well — an excellent source for instructing a client of mine (who works with lots of Boomers that need to attract Gen Y’s) on the options of social media and what the pros and cons are for these. This is a great help, because it’s clear and simple to understand for those less familiar — or in this case, unfamiliar — with the options.

  • January 13, 2009

    I have my tweets posted as my facebook status updates.

  • January 13, 2009

    I want to thank Darren Rouse for publishing this guest post. I also want to thank all of you who have commented and added so many more ideas and thoughts about using Twitter and Facebook. It is interested how many of you posted that you find both useful in different ways (as i do also). I look forward to conversing with many of you on Twitter very soon.

    Regards,
    Steve Thornton

  • January 13, 2009

    Twitter is a much more informative medium than I expected. I thought it was going to be full of the “useless” comments mentioned above but, in fact, there are some very interesting links and articles and the ability to find subjects that you are interested in are much easier than in Facebook. Twitter is more refreshing in the speed at which links come through and, in the digital marketing business I am in, the technology trends move quickly and I want to hear the information quickly.

    Sure, there is a lot of “Just eaten chillies on toast” and I have been learning quickly about this and not to be tempted to write it. But, you can skim past this and get to the details you are interested in far more quickly with Twitter.

  • January 13, 2009

    I don’t have much choice. Facebook has been connected to so many viruses that my browser settings don’t even let me use any of the features. I get a sort of weird page where everything runs down one side and Can’t navigate or even log in.

    Oh well, never used it much anyway.

  • January 13, 2009

    I like to hedge my bets and use Ping FM, so I can post onto both at once, and also to other services that may or may not become more useful/popular in future.

  • January 13, 2009

    This is a fantastic post. The differences between Twitter and Facebook are also far more profound then what is described here. What Twitter created was a bridge between a user and a site such as a blog, Facebook, website, etc. For that reason, we will always need social sites similar to both. I find Twitter to be the extremely effective in meeting new people, because you can hop right into a conversation with them. But unless that person has a more complicated destination url in their Twitter bio, their tweets are only interesting banter. Their url gives them substance. People are constantly linking to websites and blogs, usually their own, for expansions to their tweets.

  • January 13, 2009

    I see the two as totally different animals. It’s like comparing apples and oranges. I use Facebook strictly for friends and family, and twitter is strictly for business networking. Both have been invaluable to me, but for very different reasons. That’s the beauty of social media, you can categorize your life and keep it more organized. As far as who will end up being the “gorilla,” social media is still so new that I agree with you, that remains to be seen.

  • January 13, 2009

    Interesting post. After resisting both, I have been using Twitter and Facebook a lot lately.
    It seems I’m with the majority on this one.
    Facebook: connected to people I know personally – great for staying in touch with friends and family.
    Twitter: connected to people I am interested in, but do not know personally – great during the day at work – use like an extension of my RSS feed reader.

  • January 13, 2009

    Interesting post which explains the concepts in plain English well. I agree with Scott that they are two “totally different animals” Twitter is but a small part of what we can do on facebook. Our facebook status is a similar equivalent of a twitter microblog, some people even connect them.
    I tend to disagree with the 140 character restriction in twitter being seen in a negative light. The 140 character restriction in Twitter means we need to be succinct and makes messages easy to read. I think it’s the essence of Twitter in that respect.
    I hadn’t thought about social media along the lines of the dot com boom, but that really makes alot of sense – thanks for provoking thought on my part.

  • January 13, 2009

    I much prefer twitter, facebook seems full of “junk” to me. I think I might abandon FB completely soon….

  • January 13, 2009

    I use both, and I used the Twitter app on Facebook to post status messages to Facebook. Then, I realized that Facebook included way more friends and Twitter way more people who cared about work-related things. So, I dropped the app until it allows me to post only specific messages from Twitter to Facebook. Right now, I use Ping.fm to post messages to all my networks (MySpace, Twitter, Jaiku and Facebook) when appropriate.

    As far as who will win…. neither if they don’t figure out how to properly monetize. No business can sustain itself without some sort of profit.

  • January 13, 2009

    MMMM thats a really good question I have both, Never use my FaceBook account for marketing i use use Twitter. And I fully agree with what will Hawkins says.
    http://online2kaday.com

  • January 13, 2009

    I think I will keep using both Facebook and Twitter and start using FriendFeed more in the future. It will also test out Tumblr as something to use as tool between tweet messages and a blog posts.

    Steve Thornton: I “chewed” a bit on your question (“Ultimately, the fact remains to be seen whether either application has a profitable, scalable and sustainable business model or whether the exit strategy is simply to be acquired.”) in my latest post, Will Social Media Tools Be Monetized In 2009?, on Open Forum (by AMEX).

  • January 13, 2009

    ( done something wrong on that one )

    MMMM thats a really good question I have both, Never use my FaceBook account for marketing i use use Twitter. And I fully agree with what will Hawkins says.
    http://online2kaday.com

    Andrew Simpson

  • January 13, 2009

    Great article but it’s not like Google “invented” the concept of paid search – in fact Google implemented the idea from another small search engine at that time (I’m sorry I don’t recall the name right now). The idea belonged to someone else and Google is the one who implemented it the best way possible!

  • January 13, 2009
    Becca
    @beccus

    I have to admit, last year I was slating facebook to be replaced by something new and better this year. Although I am an avid user of both platforms.

    I’m interested to see who will win.

  • January 14, 2009

    In my opinion the 140 limitation of twitter it’s not a con, it’s a pro. It helps me to read many thoughts in a fast way.

  • January 14, 2009

    I closed both my Facebook and Myspace accounts and opened a trekden account. I couldn’t stand all the inappropriate and annoying advertisements on both sites. Trekden.com is more than a social network, it’s a community of people that truly care about each other and connect in a way that Facebook and Myspace will never be able to. I support the vision of trekden.com and have met some really great people there.

  • January 14, 2009

    I like and use both Twitter and Facebook. I would say that I spend equal time on both socail networks, but I try to limit the amount of time that I spend on social networking sites in general. That gives me more time to actually work, as well as drop comments on interesting blogs such as this one ;)

  • January 14, 2009

    I use both for work purposes but prefer Twitter. The simplicity is great and the community is better than Facebook, in my opinion. I think in tech/creative fields you have to be knowledgeable in both and utilize them for your work. Even though MySpace is way behind in popularity, I still use it in work because there are some customers that stick with it.

    Who knows who will win. MySpace was once thought to be the dominant player, and even though it has major sponsors, music companies and more behind it, it isn’t used as much as Facebook. You can have money, but you still have to have a good product. Hopefully Twitter figures out how to be profitable while maintaining their identity and not becoming the Beta to another company’s VHS.

  • January 14, 2009

    I use both sites but for very different purposes. Facebook is really my social tool to keep in touch and see what my friends form high school and college are doing today. It’s a great way to easily touch base with people that I haven’t talked to in months maybe even years.

    Twitter is much more business oriented for myself. I’m very focused on building my brand as an enthusiastic entrepreneur and finding people who share similar goals.

    I really wouldn’t want o live without either. If I had to choose facebook would have to go though.

  • January 14, 2009

    Great pots

  • January 14, 2009

    Facebook rich. Twitter not. Rich get richer; Twitter trying to figure out how to get rich.

  • January 15, 2009

    We’re finding so many more uses with twitter than with facebook for our clients. But it depends on the client.

    For example Education clients need to have a strong presence on facebook (because that’s where it started!) On the other hand a widget manufacturer is finding more benefit through dialog on twitter about it’s products etc.

    Personally? It’s all about how your build you network. I find it much easier to build a network of followers on twitter for any client than on facebook. What are tips for facebook network building from you all?

  • January 15, 2009

    I like both but for me Facebook has developed my business much more than Twitter. Twitters seems to be best for those working in communications business but I am in tourism. It does seem that that services and most manufacturing businesses can do more on Facebook with its photos and video features. In my case I seem to do more biz on Facebook and more social exchange on Twitter.

  • January 16, 2009

    Twitter is the new Instant Messenger
    Facebook is the new E-mail

  • January 16, 2009

    Twitter is perfect for information gathering, especially on a specific topic (i.e. SEO). I find some of the reply features of Twitter annoying; I’m not part of the conversation and the limit on characters makes the thread hard to follow. I don’t use any of the plug in’s / outside sites, so all the “chatter” shows up on my screen.

    Facebook is perfect for networking with relatives, friends and others in my profession. It provides an easy way to share information, video, etc. It’s not as immediate as Twitter and not as broad but allows me to track conversations and easily save links, videos, notes that I find useful.

    I don’t see either one of them going away or one taking over the other. Their purpose in my mind, is totally different.

  • January 16, 2009

    For biz networking use I still think it depends what your business you are in. I imagine Twitter is a goldmine for communication with media and communication biz clients but for clients in tourism, education and most retail Facebook seems to work best. I do tourism and education. Often I send messages on Twitter to network with clients and they message me back on Facebook wanting to continue our dialogue there.

  • January 17, 2009

    Another con re Facebook, it’s very addictive and can end up taking over people’s lives!

  • January 20, 2009

    I am concerned that people are becoming addicted to social media websites, particularly to social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook and Bebo but also to sites like Twitter. What happened to sending photos to your friends via e-mail and showing friends your photos when they come to visit you? And why do you need:

    Social bookmarking sites? Searching the Internet for information is often frustrating enough anyway but I don’t see the point of social bookmarking as you won’t be interested in most of the content other people post anyway – better to conduct your own searches!

    Social news sites? BBC News is perfectly adequate for me; news does not need to be social.

    Social networking sites? OK, people think it’s fashionable to have their own page where they can upload & share photos, videos and post their events. But what happened to showing friends your photos when they come to visit you or looking at their photos when you visit their house? Sending photos via e-mail is another great way of sharing photos without all the unneccessary and, frankly, boring social networking features – and it’s much more personal.

  • January 20, 2009

    Hi Helen,
    I can’t resist to highlight the irony here: you are expressing your view using what is essentially a social networking tool. I use social networking sites to keep in touch with my friends because our busy lives mean we can’t catch up as often as we would like to. I use it for work because I am the only person with my position and specialisation in my company, being in contact with others like me gives me a source of ideas and understanding.

    I also don’t like to receive photos by email as a personal preference because people often fail to resize them or consider download speeds. Viewing them online is faster and in some ways is more personal for me as I can leave comments against each one AND reply with a personal message if I wish.

    So whilie I recognise what you are saying, and appreciate you putting it out there in an open forum, I cannot agree that social networking is impersonal, unnecessary or boring.

  • January 20, 2009

    I’ve got into the habit of deleting videos sent via email – at least YouTube doesn’t have viruses :)
    I think the value of social networks is for the housebound, terminally ill, home carers and remote area workers. The power of offering these people connectivity is invaluable.

    Not sure that Helen is genuine – there does seem to be some irony in discussing this blog post in comments, but on the offchance she is – the BBC is a world leader in social media. And after the Mumbai bombings, most leading news sources paid tribute to bloggers and Twitterers and Facebook members on the ground for keeping information flowing when otherwise it would’ve dried up.

  • January 21, 2009

    I prefer Twitter. Find Facebook difficult to navigate.

  • January 24, 2009

    I think that whether it is Facebook or Twitter, the key lesson for me is how each one provides the opportunity to learn how to identify and then cultivate a community.

  • February 6, 2009

    I think they both have their uses, to a degree.

    Twitter seems to me to be the more immediate medium, where you get more instantaneous feedback through your twitterstream. Facebook feels more like a static webpage or bulletin board where you check it a few times a day/week whereas twitter is more of an ongoing stream.

    I use both, and find both to be useful – although I’ve gotten more readers and links from twitter – so I tend to focus more on it.

  • February 6, 2009
    James

    I stopped using twitter in 2007, it as just too demanding! I mostly use Facebook – twitter is a flexible ‘plugin’ for richer applications, and great if you are in the business of going to events with ad-hoc communications groups, but Facebook and unites a range of different communications mechanism in one, with the people am in longer term communities with.

  • February 8, 2009

    I use both Facebook and Twitter. I started out with Twitter, hated it at first. Finally I got the gist of it and I definitely agree with this article about how Twitter is hard to understand at first and not immediately useful. But I must say I use Facebook more now. All it took to understand it more was a couple of days sitting and playing with its components. I use both apps for different purposes. I like that my blog’s feed automatically updates my Facebook with my recipe photos so I don’t have to type some long URL everytime I post a new recipe. My connection on Facebook are with other foodies and so we share recipes, posts, and what not. Not everyone who follows me on Twitter is a foodie. So I basically use Twitter to post a quick link and I DM some of my friends there, but most of them are on FB and I’m able to write emails to them longer than 140 characters which I love. I also like posting events and articles with photos right from Firefox to my Facebook Wall. Anything to make my life easier, I enjoy and while I like both Twitter and FB, Facebook is where I spend most of my time.

  • February 8, 2009
    rita roney

    I have a “friend” on facebook that has all his twitter posts automatically updated to his facebook. He obviously posts alot on twitter. I had to limit him in my newsfeed because he filled my page. Once a day from the same person is plenty – 20 times in a row is scary.

    Facebook is great to find your old elementary, high school, college, work friends amd relatives. It is very social and personal. I agree with the many that say facebook is for people they know.

  • February 9, 2009

    Facebook is kind of annoying. My whole family may have it, but I’m using twitter for now.

  • February 24, 2009

    For me, there are too many social networking options and I dread the personal time and effort to set up yet another social networking of the day thing. I usually delete them when someone emails one to me.
    It’s not clear to me whether Twitter, with its very stripped down approach will make it long term. I tried hard to use it for a few months, then drifted away. Do you really care or have time to want to know the mundane things people are up to? Do you really want that garbage sent via text to your phone? I’ve heard the same from lots of friends. I think Twitter is a “feature”, not a company, as we used to say in the dot com days.
    My gut feel is that Facebook is ramping in number of users at an astonishing rate. However, I agree with many of the previous comments that it is very easy to let your Facebook site get overrun with people you used to know. I don’t want Facebook to be my business networking site, its a bad mix having many old friends & relatives posting crap to you while at the same time, you have your business colleagues also connected to that? I use LinkedIn for all business networking and it seems to be the leader there versus all the other wanna bees. (Plaxo, yammer, etc.)

  • February 28, 2009

    Facebook is a waste of time, myspace too childish … cestagi + twitter is what I vote for :)

  • March 4, 2009

    Great article! I use both facebook and twitter (new to twitter), but love both. I do get overwhelmed with my responses on twitter as most responses are from strangers vs. most of my responses on facebook are people I know in the everyday world. I dumped myspace months ago, but may create a new account under the comedy section. I think myspace still has a purpose if you’re involved in the entertainment world.

    Thanks for sharing – RBP

  • March 7, 2009

    I enjoy both (though I am becoming positively obsessed with Twitter). An important difference between the two that I don’t see mentioned above is that friendship on Facebook must be mutual, whereas connections on Twitter are one-way. I explore this on http://jonreid.blogs.com/oneanother/2009/02/twitter-vs-facebook.html

  • March 24, 2009
    Alexander the Great

    Twitter is for older people (30+) looking to meet new people. Facebook is for the younger crowd who already know many people and want to keep from losing touch.

  • March 28, 2009

    I think Facebook and Twitter are here to stay, even if they don’t end up monetizing (although Facebook has this worked out to some degree). They’ll survive because they play into the human need to be heard – a need that, increasingly, is seen as an entitlement. At present, Facebook offers more opportunities to segment audiences, which is of extraordinary value to marketers. I suspect Twitter will get there too.

  • April 10, 2009

    The two may seemingly appear very similar, but have very two different approaches.
    One encourages symbiotic relationship, while the others assymetric. These subtle difference in charateristic made the nature of information exchanged greatly differ from one to the other.
    Why facebook will never be Twitter

  • April 22, 2009

    I 100% agree with jennifer kane in number 16, couldn’t have said it better myself.

    Twitter is great because there isn’t screeds of useless information unless you choose to be exposed to it. Its also great if your real life friends are on it, (not many of mine are though, hasn’t taken off yet in NZ), you end up getting into random conversations that I find you usually wouldn’t, not even on facebook.

  • April 30, 2009

    Some how the concept of social media sites is a big no no for me. Though I admit that I use them a quite a lot of but to me it appears wastage of time and resources.

  • April 30, 2009
    Chelsea...

    I think…Facebook is better.. cause you can actually click your friends and talk to them…and I no waaaay more people on facebook then twitter… i only update my twitter on my mobile.. but i barely update it! cause i’m always on facebook.. or updating facebook from my cell…and you can play cool games… and loots more! :) Lols…
    Facebook all the waay! <3

  • May 1, 2009
    Sidra

    If you don’t have a lot of personal contacts, then Twitter is good because you will have an audience and some interaction in short quips.

    If you have a lot of close friends, then Facebook is much better–it is great for managing a social life; my friends all mail me solely through FB, share pics, and organize events. I don’t need ‘tweets’ since I already have status updates on FB. Sure they have to be on my ‘friend list’, but that is a pretty lax category…overall, investing time in a Twitter account is not worth the small potential chance of some non-friend responding to my updates. Honestly, most of what I find fascinating is not fascinating to others. To me, it seems most people just post mundane details. I feel like Twitter is getting way too much hype and I feel bad for the old people at my work who hear about it all over the news, like it’s some revolutionary thing and ask me all confused to help them because they feel they are ‘missing out’ on some new technology.

  • May 10, 2009

    I’m not a Twitter user… I use Facebook and I don’t want to use Twitter because It looks useless to me !! However, I think Facebook is loosing its lead.

    I think the recipe to win is keeping it simple, but also offer useful functionalities. Facebook is becoming to much complex.

    There is another analogy we can do with instant messaging software. I remember the time where ICQ was the most used and Microsoft took its place quickly. Of course, there is the advertisement Microsoft did to win the market, but they offered a really simple product, easy to use !!! They progressively added almost all the same functionalities ICQ had before (offline messages, history, invisibilities, etc). To me, its important to evolve and always try to add new useful tools, but the more important is to keep it simple to everyone.

    I think the same thing will happens to Facebook if they do not try to make their product more convenient. They did major changes to the interface in last months and I think they are just going in the wrong direction!! It’s awful to use, and it’s not even nice looking… just look at the bottom bar with applications, chat and notifications… not nice at all !!! Also, I got some hard times to find where to create events… abnormal to me.

  • May 14, 2009
    Caroline Leopold
    @Caroline815

    Now that my Facebook has become an olio of old friends, colleagues, strangers I cruised, scenesters, current lovers, family members (including minors & dear old mom), exes, local celebrities, artists, sexpots, church goers, anarchists, pen pals from several foreign countries, folks I met in ways I’d prefer to keep private, etc., etc., etc., I realized I can’t be myself anymore. I balance being authentic, outrageous, and inappropriate with alienating a subset of my friends with every status update and link post. And I have to be careful when my friends start spilling stuff on my wall. I need some air from this drama party sometimes.

    Twitter, on the other hand, is becoming a place where I can have some freedom of speech. On Twitter I can try out identities; express opinions in short, ephemeral bursts; and mingle with whomever I please.

  • May 14, 2009

    Is it possible that we are comparing apples and oranges? I can see them both have some similarities but I can also see them as two different categories. Twitter is closer to micro-blogging whicle facebook fits in the whole social networking category.

    On another note, many bloggers connect their twitter feed with their facebook accounts so they can reach both audiences. I wonder how this is changing how people use their Facebook updates. I’ve noticed a lot of my friends on Facebook using updates in more of a micro-blogging kind of way.

  • May 27, 2009

    What a great comparison between these two big giants of Social Media. But I still believe Twitter is covering just a minor part of FaceBook

  • May 29, 2009
    Emperor

    Hi there. Well what can I say. Its like this twitter is like for little kids and facebook is for both. Twitter is like an anoying little kid who wants to be famous and always says me, me, me ! In a long run I think they both can cooexist, but Facebook will be winner. Unless something else emerge and that sould be a combination of them two. To be honest they are in two different categories. Well look who has power adults or kids??? So you know the answer. Look at ICQ and MSN. Well they both cooexist. It is easy to say that kids would probably prefer twitter but as they would grow they will change to facebook, because thats how it is, those two serve two different purposes. And then there are two main different markets such as USA and EUROPE amongst the others. Btw the whole idea of socializing is not to be immediately world wide hence Facebook will win. Look at the concept of socializing and you will see why. Well and Myspace will lose its share, not all but it will unless would be buyout by Facebook or Twitter. It looks like the same battle between Yahoo and Google, Apple and Microsoft, Microsoft vs Google. LinkedIn is on the other hand something else and serves a specific purpose = BUSINESS, which is way better than twitter. But this is for a specific purpose and its great ! So now we have all to compare to Y, M, A and G. (Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and LinkedIn). It looks like email vs messenger, it is very difficult to compare and there are no doubt advantages and disadvantages, but what most of the people use?? EMAIL. So therefore Facebook. But you see they both cooexist and are great, email and messenger (any kind of) and they serve different purposes and thus are closely related but different. Remember again that most of the people use mostly email. Due to age and money one have. Consider one more thing – whole World !!! not only USA for example. Then you will see that Facebook is more convenient and thus a Winner. Look at different markets as well, again twitter is loosing due to huge parts of perhaps Asia and Africa were people are choosing rather Facebook than Twitter. Again those two are similar to Email and Messenger (any kind of). Than there is one more thing, twitter is mainly in US and in EU is mainly facebook (amongst the others). Than you have in EU the biggest competition of other providers so twitter needs to win first that to compete with facebook, which is not easy.

  • June 1, 2009

    Enjoyed glancing through the comments made on your article twitter vs facebook.
    I have not used nor read any of either before today….I found it informative and interesting.
    Thanks,
    Leslie

  • June 7, 2009

    Facebook and Twitter (and MySpace for that matter) are completely different, yet, they search to capture their target audience well. I have all three and use them all. If I’m in a hurry and need to deliver quick news or links, I use Twitter. For everyday communication and meeting old friends, I use Facebook. For my music career promotion, songs and all that stuff, I use MySpace. Thank God for social networking.

  • June 10, 2009
    David Hiskiyahu

    Nice article, no bias in the article.

    However, the fact it is published on Twitter tips makes the public biased.
    One is more likely to visit this article if he/she is coming from the world of Twitter users.

    Therefore, I believe that the impression created by responses above must be taken with a large grain of salt – there are many more users that favour Facebook more than Twitter, but you will not see many of them here.

    As for myself .. I have used Facebook, and find it useful enough to keep – in fact, very useful for social needs.

    LinkedIn is a lot more useful than Facebook when it comes to professional networking.

    Twitter looks good, but I cannot judge on it as I have not used it yet, and feel no urge to use it at this time.

    Which of them will survive? All will and they will all evolve, especially if taken over by larger Gorillas.

  • June 21, 2009

    Great Tips!
    I’m definitely sharing this link. :~)

  • June 30, 2009

    This is probably the best post I have seen so far comparing the two top social networking sites. Facebook offers a lot more substance to its millions of users so I think it will definitely remain a staple in the social networking scene. I think that Twitter’s appeal lies in it’s real-time search technology which will end up being either bought or copied by someone else (Google Wave?). In the end, I think Twitter will cater to a smaller niche market, while Facebook will remain at the top, just like Google will remain at the top, regardless of how much money Microsoft throws at their search business (Bing).

  • July 7, 2009
    Lolly

    I like Facebook better, I think Twitter is confusing :S

  • July 14, 2009

    to me i use all, Facebook and Twitter (and MySpace for that matter) are completely different, yet, they search to capture their target audience well. I have all three and use them all. If I’m in a hurry and need to deliver quick news or links, I use Twitter. For everyday communication and meeting old friends, I use Facebook. For my music career promotion, songs and all that stuff, I use MySpace.

  • July 18, 2009

    Facebook is a blight on the face of an already severely pockmarked humanity. But most people who hate Facebook also hate Twitter. I beg to differ. For details see:

    http://drowninginvitriol.blogspot.com/2009/07/why-facebook-is-steaming-pile-of.html

  • July 19, 2009

    I find Twitter useful and fun since I only subscribe to people who post things that interest me.

    Facebook is more of a nuisance. If I refuse to be someone’s friend on FB, they might consider it a snub. If I accept, they may and often do fill my news feed with junk. FB also has a silly message feature that has no capability of archiving or categorizing messages.

    Ning is also better than Facebook since it is organized around people’s interests instead of trying to share the same info with all your friends or acquaintances or colleagues or whatever. For example, most of my friends on FB don’t care about climbing, but on Ning I can get on one of their climbing networks and interact with people interested in rock climbing that way. Sure there are groups on Facebook but Ning seems to do a better job of it.

    Given how Ning and Twitter are so much more fun to use I don’t understand why Facebook’s usage numbers are still rocketing upwards while Ning is flat and Twitter’s rate of increase is not as high: http://alexa.com/siteinfo/facebook.com+twitter.com+ning.com.

  • July 23, 2009
    Frank Bouliane

    I think Facebook is for people who don’t always want to meet new people but want to enjoy their actual network, instead of trying to please other people at every connexion like on Twitter’s community.

  • July 24, 2009
    Dylan Kent

    I can only hope that these social networking sites lose relevancy and fade into the history books, or databases as it were. Anyway I find these sites to put a new and “light” definition on friends. and that alone is enough for me to wish for people deleting there facebook and twiter accounts and picking up a phone to talk to people they would normally talk to, not a person with 6 or 7 degrees of separation from them.

  • July 30, 2009

    I love both twitter and facebook have something good and bad also love yuwie

  • August 1, 2009

    I love Twitter more. Facebook reminds me a lot of MySpace but without all the colors.

    MySpace is very expressive and there’s a lot of freedom.
    Facebook is very constricted. And tight. Like I can’t breathe.
    I think Facebook is for left brained people, and MySpace is for the right brained.

    But I like them both. That’s what I would be comparing though – Facebook and MySpace. Not Facebook and Twitter.

    Twitter is in a league and style of it’s own. Twitter is people who are right brain dominant :)
    But if all your brain works properly, see if you can use of all of the above!

  • August 6, 2009

    Your comparisons are well done. I appreciate the best of Twitter and Facebook and utilize them for deeper networking and connectedness. When utilizing these two networks they support other networks and are essential for personal branding as well as business as components of a social media campaign.

  • August 18, 2009
    Timmy

    FACEBOOK IS WELL BETTER !!!! FACEBOOK RULES !!!!! WOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!!

  • August 19, 2009
    Steve Thomas
    @spotrick

    You don’t have to choose: there’s a Twitter app for Facebook that puts your Twitter feed right there in FB. :)

    I like FB for conversation and discussion. Twitter for sharing. (microblogging) But I also use FB for that.

    Mainly I use both because there are — unbelievably! — people still not on Facebook.

  • August 20, 2009

    This is such a great post that I got lost here far beyond my “time box!”

    One thing, however, occurs to me: nobody here has indicated the very real possibility that few people will actually follow you on Twitter. And (unless you are celebrity, or guru) the fact is, you will most likely be following more people than actually follow you !!! So … how does that help your business ?.

    I see Twitter as the new version the old API and UPI ticker tapes. It is a push out mechanism: Here is the news… All of us pushing out our own little neo-press corps. Which is great when you are in the information consumption game … not so good when you are looking for others to consume your info….

    I am not a first generation Facebook user, so I have no fear of kegger parties showing up on my wall (and with the handy “remove tag” option they never will! :-) and I have found it to be a huge boost professionally. The only unfortunate aspect for me IS my family finding me there (so many tags to remove, so little time….)

    I’ll keep twitting just because everyone says it works, but FB is an actual “bird in the hand” for me.

  • August 24, 2009
    DCM 5150

    I’m a high school teacher in a fairly wealthy area where the kids have access to any and all technology they want. Every student has a Facebook account and most have a MySpace account (but most will tell you they haven’t used it since 8th grade). I mentioned twitter in one of my classes and nobody in the the room twittered and most didn’t even know what it was (they had heard of it, but really didn’t know anything about it). While this is certainly anecdotal information, to me it is definitely a sign that Twitter is not something the teens see as valuable or useful for their lives.

    I see many uses for Twitter and think it will survive and thrive mostly in a professional setting. As others have mentioned it may not really be in the social networking category.

  • September 3, 2009
    An honest person

    Twitter is toots!

  • September 9, 2009

    I’m happy to see someone mention cestagi.com , its a far more powerful tool if you are serious about your academic future. But yeah, facebook/twitter are fun to have too …

  • September 14, 2009

    both of the website are amazing. it is just the one who is using who can judge that social networking website. i am member of both social network so why would i compare. both website have there own differences to attract users.i would like to say go ….

  • September 14, 2009

    I think the benefit will be using both for different purposes. I don’t think one will entirely wipe out the competition but they should be working closely to complement each other.

  • September 15, 2009

    I personally think that Twitter is better. I do also ask the same questions as you all do, and I have created an e-mail address simply for the purpose of asking people what they think about Twitter and Facebook.

    Please visit http://tl.gd/grdb...

    Thanks for reading!
    -Person Who Still Isn’t Telling You Their Name

  • September 19, 2009
    Andres

    I think twitter is only used by people in USA. I’m from Argentina and almost no one uses twitter… i have both and i find facebook more interesting and usefull. twitter is so basic that people really don’t see the reasons of open an acount in this social network. For the moment i choose facebook.

  • September 23, 2009
    j.loister

    TWITTER IS BEST & EASIER BY FAR. FACEBOOK & MYSPACE ARE TOO MUCH TO DEAL WITH.TWITTER IS SIMPLE & FUN & YOU CAN CONNECT WITH EVERYONE ON THE GO ALSO.

  • September 24, 2009
    andres

    ok jloiser, but i think twitter is too limited… you can’t share nothing, and even is limited in the numbers of characters you can write!. also, twitter doesn’t have any languages options… so, the conclusion is that both are very different social networks. twitter is fast and simple, and facebook is very enterteined and useful to get in touch with old school friends and familiars. also you can choose share your profile with everyone or just the people you admit. i still think facebool is more useful and dinamic.

  • September 24, 2009
    kindelan

    Isn’t this a twitter site? Technology has separated us from each other and we’re like a neurotic horde trying to connect but fail because connecting requires all the senses and the Internet offers none of that. We are not satisfied because what we’re offered to a large degree is not satisfying, it’s impersonal. What Twitter and Face Book show is our desperation to connect in any way we can. It’s quite sad and touching really. We don’t need either T or F, we need real life but we just haven’t figured that out yet, instead, we let ourselves be had by geeks.

  • September 30, 2009

    Now that Twitter has secured another $100 million in financing, the big question is which direction management is going to take the company? And also, how is Facebook’s copying of the Twitter model going to affect Twitter over the long term. Yes they are still receiving many unique visitors per month, but once the novelty has worn off, and if Facebook continues to carbon copy everything Twitter is doing, will Twitter’s business model remain feasible?

  • October 5, 2009
    Anonymous

    Thanks that helped A lot. I’m going to get Facebook first, then maybe twitter.

  • October 23, 2009

    Hi i am using FACEBOOK & will now register myself to TWITTER. The difference that i c is that FACEBOOK is for social networking and TWITTER is for social networking plus marketing one self online.

  • October 26, 2009

    I prefer Facebook to twitter. Twitter is boring.

  • October 27, 2009

    I have heard that twitter is much better than facebook, specially if YOU want a site promotion, so i am going to try my luck on twitter, for the promotion of my site
    http://www.cyberanjum.com
    Thankx for your time.

  • October 30, 2009
    Roha Wajahat Cha

    Ok surprisingly i found this quite interesting….my speculation is that facebook was the original idea and its a quite visible fact that twitter copied it.e.g on twitter u can only update your ’status’ whilst on facebook u can do that and much more like photos,videos,cool applications,email,poke :P ,notes,links,ads,pages,even live webcasts of celebrities.. etc …so its a clear fact that facebook is the #1 social networking site and will remain to be for all times to come,nothing can replace it,it already defeated Myspace .It also allows u to update stuff via sms,u recieve notifications so u don’t really have to sit idle on it when you have logged in.
    No offence but i joined twitter and left it after 2 minutes,because i hate seeing a bird and every word starting with the alphabet T everywhere i go,its like squishing my brain out.Facebook is well-organised and has a better privacy policy.So the comparison is simply useless!I also find this weird that on twitter u dont have friends but followers its like a competition between the elite people/geeks/popular pepz….celebrities…?
    Do u also know the fact that the owner of FB Mark Zuckerburg is the richst teenager through it,unlike twitter who has so many creators,twitter is becoming famous as the media wants to use it to benefit themselves.
    P.S Miley cyrus left twitter and now has joined Facebook,even Zac Efron hates the idea.I know stating this is stupid but the possibility of Twitter being better than facebook is a JOKE!

  • October 30, 2009
    Roha Wajahat Chaudhry*

    no hard feelings

  • November 3, 2009
    Tony

    I disagree Mike. I think that the other half of Googles strength is its additional features. It’s full package. I use google for my email, my calander, my maps, my document storage, my ftp site, my web browser, my calculator, etc… Google keeps it simple, but in a full service kind of way. Twitters downfall may be that it’s features are limited.

  • November 13, 2009
    Lorne S

    personally, i find facebook very easy to use. within the first hour of me getting it, i was using it like a pro. i strongly disagree with the statement that facebook is hard to use. and that facebook and myspace are alike? they might seem like that at first, but they definitely arent. myspace has just gotten messy, and it is getting eclipsed by facebook and twitter easily. but for me, i love facebook

  • November 13, 2009
    Sabz N.
    @sabern09

    I use both Facebook and Twitter…now I find Twitter easier to use because it is plainly SIMPLE…however I find that Facebook is get complicated and annoying cause of their layout of the home page or any page…the old style was much much better. Now they have something called Facebook Lite…which is even worse…however you don’t see Twitter changing their layouts they stay with one layout that every one can use…even people in their mid 70s can use twitter compared to using Facebook…

    This is my opinion….

  • November 14, 2009

    Iám using both. I was looking for a app to update status and check email on both sites in 1 view. I can’t find it, so i made it myself from a personal homepage point of few. Posting to Twitter and Facebook with one click. Iám now using http://www.isstarting.com for this option.

  • November 16, 2009
    Shaheer

    I have both accounts facebook and twitter.I say twitter is better than facebook because it is not confusing.Facebook is confusing.I also hate facebook because of the home page and finding friends.
    Thats what i say.

  • November 16, 2009

    Twitter is my choice..4sure

  • November 21, 2009

    I find Facebook is a great social site for friends and family, while Twitter is awesome for strangers to tweet about music, shows, rants, raves, and general news. I have also learned about cool applications, and websites.. Blip.FM is a twitter gem!

  • November 24, 2009

    I use both and I find that facebook is more personal as in to keep direct relation with someone like family, friends and maybe selective business while twitter is more to announce something to everyone.

  • November 27, 2009

    Beautifully written article, sums up the two applications extremely well, I’ll certainly be linking to it in the future.

    I came to both in my mid-30s, and may be it’s the blogger in me, but once I figured micro-blogging out I was sold. Facebook on the other hand…

  • December 12, 2009
    no_name

    I do not understand both of them. I think of it as of online games for crazy people… no offence to anyone but have you heard this a least once?
    - I have 100 followers on my account
    - Hey I have 200 followers!
    - Cool, I will tri to beat you next week

    Looks like a game for me. Humans are addicted to games period.

  • December 16, 2009
    Kenneth

    Can’t you refer Facebook as a mini or micro blogging platform?

  • December 17, 2009
    Han Kyul Park

    Average age of Facebook: University students
    Average age of Twitter: Older

    Average age of people commenting: Older

  • December 19, 2009

    The limits of Twitter are there because the founder, Jack Dorsey, believes firmly in constraint inspiring creativity.

  • January 9, 2010

    why do people try to make a case for why one is better? each are better for different purposes, like stated in this article; and from there it’s an opinion.

    in my opinion, facebook-ers are looking to connect with friends they already know, and in my experience the older generation is experiencing facebook more and more. the posts are longer (also appealing to older generation, explaining ALL about their day), which isn’t better; just different.

    tweeters are looking to communicate with people all over the world, and simply partake in the conversation of today. it’s simpler, faster (and possibly more) replies.

    in my opinion, most people will sign on with facebook because there is instant message, more applications, and simply because that’s where most of their friends already are. it wouldn’t be my choice though.

  • January 12, 2010

    Twitter is stupid. No one uses it except for serious geeks. Facebook defeated Myspace, so don’t expect Twitter to prevail.
    If the word privacy mean nothing today, imagine what it will mean tomorrow when the smallest detail of your life is known by complete strangers. Sorry, but I’m not so concerned with the inner worlds of my friends and relatives that I have to be kept on the bleeding edge of events in their lives. Maybe one day, people will learn to live their own lives and catch up with the events in their friends lives when they actually meet them face to face, or suffer with letters, e-mail and phone calls when they can’t. Wiht this tweeting stuff going on all the time, it makes one wonder what they’ll ever talk about in the off chance they actually do meet in the first place.

  • January 13, 2010

    this girl is probably the only person on this side of the planet not to see the benefit of social networking.

    your telling me shaq, chad ochocinco, reggie bush and brooke burke are geeks? come’on now. i don’t see how you can be so annoyed by these websites. they’re a great way to keep in touch. believe it or not, even if i see that my aunt has just gotten home and is tweeting about her day at work, that doesn’t mean that’s the only time i see her.

    live in this generation, will ya? people don’t write letters anymore. they take days to deliver! you sound a lot like a lot of my family…. uncles, aunts, mom, dad, even my grandma!…. before they got on facebook and twitter. now they love it.

  • January 24, 2010
    Christine Cassello

    I still don’t get the point of either of these. Are they for communicating or advertising businesses or both and how does this differ from a blog?

  • January 25, 2010

    I think a blog is a diary, journal of sorts. http://www.twitip.com/the-misunderstood-uses-of-twitter-and-facebook-are-you-a-friend-follower-or-a-fool/ The Misunderstood Uses of Twitter and Facebook: Are You a Friend, Follower or a Fool?

  • February 7, 2010
    Mikayla

    FACEBOOK is wayyy better! Twitter sucks!

  • February 13, 2010
    Ben

    Facbook is way better

  • February 26, 2010
    Nickname: Say

    facebook is wayy better. it has all the applications and games, plus there are fan sites and groups you can make with your friends. plus, people can easily STALK you on twitter, while on fb, what you want other people to see can be as limited as you like. soooo…

    FACEBOOK RULES!!!!!!!

  • February 28, 2010
    mktw

    i have used Twitter only but now i switched to GutarGu – http://www.gutargu.in as typing in various languages becomes easy after i read about it here http://hindi.blogfly.in

    i plan to use Facebook also though in near future

  • March 3, 2010

    I don’t even like twitter facebook is the best in the world. Twitter is garbage

  • March 5, 2010

    Great post, I do have a twitter account but I must admit I do use facebook more. I have been meaning to check out twitter just a little more, maybe I will just see how things pan out.

  • March 6, 2010

    Twitter is way much better, more convenient. Facebook is confusing and hard.

    Twitter is real-time, an instant messaging. That makes it more reliable, easy to know what’s going on around the world. Ex: when the earthquake hit Chile, how long would it take you to know it if you are on facebook??? DAYS!!!

    And you don’t have to know or follow someone to interact with them. Nope!

    Facebook on the other hand, is an email messaging. You add and interact with people you already know. These people might not log on for several days. Ex: If you have a question and you post it on your facebook, how long would it take you to get an answer? The chance is, you might not get any

  • March 11, 2010
    Sammy-d33p

    Truth be told.. Facebook nails it.. It’s the best social networking application that ever existed.. Twitter is crap.. That’s just how I feel.. Full stop..

  • March 15, 2010

    I’ve really gone off Facebook. I really liked it at first but to me now it just seems like one big popularity test. People ‘Like’ things and join groups to go up in the popularity ranks. There’s also so much garbage on it; your profile gets clogged up with quizzes and comments that other people put about you that you don’t even want to see, and there are games that waste your time.

    Twitter, on the other hand, is genius. Simple, short updates that let people know what you are doing and when you are doing it. It really does bring you closer to the people you know, and the people you admire. There’s no garbage that clogs up your profile – only your tweets get listed. It’s a quick job that means you can sign in, read other tweets, tweet, sign out and get on with whatever it is you’re doing. Twitter is the future of social networking in my opinion, and I can safely say I won’t be going back to Facebook any time soon. :)

  • March 18, 2010

    Life is not bed of rooses

  • March 29, 2010

    both are amazing in their use.

  • March 30, 2010
    bradley scholes
    @bradRscholes

    Well i used facebook and twitter and i love both of them , but i reckon facebook is better because on facebook u can make groups and actualy express your self a bit more while writting on each others wall so i reckon facbook.

  • March 30, 2010
    bradley scholes
    @bradRscholes

    Another reason is when i ask for help on twitter it comes up saying nothing found every time its pretty rediculouse!!!! and Facbook has ideas for people and to make people what they think and have a good chat over at the window side… ;)

  • April 2, 2010

    twitter is definately the best. on fcebk if u comment on one pic u suddenly get a load of shit in ur inbox with the comments of other ppl hu u dnt give a crap abt hu commented on the same pic. TWITTER RULES !!

  • April 3, 2010

    twitter isthe best!
    i hate facebook

  • April 10, 2010

    i wanna to join

  • April 21, 2010

    Twitter is for those who are able to be concise. Facebook is for bores.

  • April 22, 2010
    XZ02887
    @xz02887

    FACEBOOK1!!TWITTER is not that good

  • May 5, 2010
    Angchuongco
    @angchuongco

    I think Facebook has more friendly user interface than Twitter. I am NEW to both Facebook and Twitter, I sign up for the account almost of the same time, but Now, I find Facebook much friendlier than Twitter, I am actually having a hard time understanding the functions of Twitter and often times Frustrated by it, I read blogs like this to enlighten myself with the use of Twitter but so far… not good.

  • May 11, 2010
    Rebecca

    I used facebook but then I deleted my acount there.I had a feeling that I lost control of my profile. I hesitate which one to choose. Now I think I`ll try twitter.Thanks for the article.It helped me to decide.

  • May 11, 2010
    Sarita Radia
    @DalekGirl93

    Twiiter is just THE best

  • May 12, 2010

    Twitter as it exists today (actually yesterday) is going to be one of the earliest casualties of the social media bust I expect by 2012 for many reasons. It’s underfeatured, it’s fundamental numbers are terrible, and it lacks a workable business model. If it changes a lot, that changes the game.

    I’m not sure facebook is going to be the ultimate winner. Perhaps the next one, though. There are a lot of eccentricities to facebook that make it hard to use for businesses (which makes sense since that’s not what it was for), but that will need to change to drive revenue.

  • May 15, 2010

    Facebook, best!

  • May 17, 2010
    waterhidden
  • May 20, 2010
    Gian Barry
    @gian_barry

    Twitter is just the BEST for me today. but never under estimate the power of Facebook to share your photo albums, to play exciting apps, easy chat and mail. Twitter is the best because it tends to share your life easily by knowing what you’re doing or what they’re doing at this moment. the best fact about twitter is that most of the celebrities in the world have this account..i mean if you’re really a fan of a celebrity, you have to guts to know what they’re doing right now..

  • May 22, 2010
    Kayleigh Anderson

    FACEBOOK!!! I DO NOT LIKE TWITTER THAT MUCH

    TWITTER IS FULL OF TWITS!!!!

    jk, i just said to say that cuz it sounded funny, but facebook is better :)

  • May 24, 2010
    Anonymous
    @gbone400

    I have a facebook + twitter i like facebook beacause of the apps and farmville but twitter is easier to get a hang to i dont know

  • May 25, 2010
    Samin Shams
    @saminshams

    I think each has an advantage, and I think these advantages could be combined. A blog is also a social network, and neither of them have much blogging capabilities. So imagine if you could have Twitter with some of Facebook’s functionalities like rich media types, like photo, video, etc, but open to everyone like a blog, with comments from anyone. Well, thats why I created Mideos (http://mideos.com).

  • May 28, 2010

    I think Facebook more feasablein termsof info
    than twitter as its more gregarios world than twitter

  • May 29, 2010

    Twitter is a better way to communicate information fast. All you have to do is look at trending topics for news. Otherwise, you count on idiot friends who click on spam on Facebook. Twitter is the information highway. Facebook is for Farmville!

  • June 11, 2010
    reza

    twitter is definately the best. on fcebk if u comment on one pic u suddenly get a load of shit in ur inbox with the comments of other ppl hu u dnt give a crap abt hu commented on the same pic. TWITTER RULES !!

  • June 11, 2010

    Reza is so right. Love the name REZA. There are some people on Facebook, if I might one tiny comment on a wall post or pic, 500 people respond. Now I know you can change the notifications, but has anyone noticed that when you play with Facebook for Mobile, sometimes the default settings change! I removed the Facebook for Blackberry, and now only use SocialScope @socialscope

  • June 14, 2010

    facebook is better then twitter…!

  • June 22, 2010

    i really love twitter.in facebook u just get connected 2 ur close friends u know bt twitter is vast guys….just we need 2 know about it.it’s real fun than facebook.i love using it.

  • June 25, 2010

    I have both, but I deactivated my facebook because I admit I lied about my age so I have for 10 months then I’ll use it again. I use twitter a lot. And I do find it more interesting than facebook. But they both have different things. Facebook has good games, well twitter has games too a lot actually, but I like facebook more, well only Farmville, Icy tower and stuff. And with twitter you can create apps well also with facebook, And you have polls, and different kinds of things. And I don’t need those games now, actually, I enjoy tweeting. I enjoy telling people about myself what I do and stuff. I like it very much. So overall I guess I like twitter more :D

  • June 25, 2010

    Oh and also in twitter you get like the trending topics and It’s quite fun to talk about those things :D . Well the truth is……I ACTUALLY DON’T REALLY CARE!! hahahah lol. But I still use twitter more ;)

  • June 25, 2010

    Hey wait in facebook there are a lot of people who lie about their age. You can like search for that on youtube. I saw a video I’ll search for it again. And I’ll post the link :D

  • June 25, 2010

    I’m sorry i was wrong it was something about farmville I think. Here’s the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5KJdBNmh1c&feature=PlayList&p=536AD906C93472A8&playnext_from=PL&index=8. But it is true, there are a lot of people who lie about their age. There’s someone I know who has facebook but his only like 8-10

  • July 15, 2010

    Like you said, it remains to be seen if one of these two companies will emerge as the next great invention; although, social media has been around forever, making money off it is a new idea.

  • July 19, 2010

    I am using Face book as well as Twitter. The difference between them is that Face book is a “Social Networking” site & Twitter is for “Micro Blogging”.
    Find out the definitions & you will clearly understand the differences between the two.
    Anjum Z. Samuel

  • July 25, 2010

    It’s very similar to Mac vs pc, Mac and twitter are more used by the younger generation (and designers on macs) where as pc and facebook are more fun for all ages. But the people who use twitter are mainly celebs and people who want to follow them. Where as face book is more of a personal friend 2 friend.
    I have a facebook and I am on the web searching for reasons why to get a twitter. But I haven’t seen many reasons why I should.
    Howe

  • July 27, 2010

    I really understand twitter because it is a little hard, but i can easily understand facebook. So i rate facebook a little up than twitter

  • July 29, 2010

    Its seems easier to become an addict of twitter than of facebook. Twitter has a way of continuously feeding the appetite of the curious mind. It has become an easy way to dive deep into the web – almost better than Google to soak up knowledge

  • August 1, 2010

    I think I prefer facebook- it keeps you up to date with your friends, but Twitter can be just as addictive…you never know what it will lead you to!

  • August 8, 2010

    oki twitter and facebook are very different from each other. Well I like twitter a lot, and facebook, I used to have one.

  • August 13, 2010

    i think tweeter is a an evolution of facebook…facebook seemed complex and time consuming, with the kind of busy professional life..tweeter is sweet and short. get connected round the clock with a purpose full objective.

  • August 23, 2010

    Informative sharing!
    I really increase my knowledge after read your post and I am glad to found such interesting and useful post. Social networking sites play an important role to increase popularity of your business as well as increase your site traffic.

    Thanks for nice sharing!
    royal

  • September 25, 2010

    As a marketer I love Facebook fan page than Twitter, because Twitter today are more spam, easy to get follower and the tweet which refer visitor is very small :(

  • September 28, 2010

    Thanks for the tips. facebook is most popular in the people in now days.It is useful to promote your social business through social media marketing.i am also the fan of facebook.thankos for share the nice information.

  • September 28, 2010
    SplitFire

    facebook = gayness & abuse. period.

    oh, forgot to mention the absence of customer support.

  • September 30, 2010

    Facebook and Twitter both are social networking site. Both generate huge traffic. Only difference between them is FB have 10 PR while Twitter have 9.

  • October 2, 2010

    i think facebook it relively good due to i have so much of friends on it and due to the fact twitter is not so popular

  • October 4, 2010

    I think Twitter is going to be one of the stronger networks because of the fact that it is supported by so many industries. I also think when Twitter introduces some of it’s new functions, returning traffic will increase to show the real growth of the network. Keep up the great work!

  • October 14, 2010

    Twitter and facebook has been so good for me.I communicate with many people,friends and relatives.I would like to thank the authoroties who founded these two.

  • October 17, 2010

    Thanks for the tips.Twitter and facebook is most popular in the people in now days.It is useful to promote your social business through social media marketing.i am also the fan of facebook.thankos for share the nice information.

  • October 28, 2010

    Facebook and twitter are to different social networks, whether oranges or apples basically they produce the same effect tons of visitors.

  • October 28, 2010
    Ross Parker
    @randorolian

    I use both, and enjoy both. Although I use Twitter more now. You can update wherever, whenever, and people can talk to you without getting called a “stalker”. It’s much less ad-based, which I also find annoying with Facebook. I prefer to use Facebook to have a discussion with others, as it’s easier to see. Overall, I prefer Twitter, as you can update as much as you like, and the feeling that someone actually cares about my life through following me, is one of vague satisfaction.

  • October 31, 2010
    Angelina
    @FkFace_SMD

    Facebook is better in a way because of the more people using it, and twitter is for more of the well known people more than regular.On the other hand facebook is rubbish for contacting other well known (famous people) because they have fan pages.
    I Prefer twitter though.. i love my followers!

  • October 31, 2010
    Angelina
    @FkFace_SMD

    Facebook is better in a way because of the more people using it, and twitter is for more of the well known people more than regular.On the other hand facebook is rubbish for contacting other well known (famous people) because they have fan pages.
    I Prefer twitter though.. i love my followers!
    :) :) :)

  • October 31, 2010
    Laura Monteiro
    @lauracherise

    I first had Facebook, but I actually found it more annoying than useful in terms of all the third-part applications. I managed to delete my account permanently, and a few years later, switched to Twitter.

    Twitter has a much more sophisticated interface, and is much easier to navigate! I love it!

    Just as Facebook over-took MySpace as the preferred social network, I think Twitter has a good chance of over-taking Facebook.

    -Laura

  • November 3, 2010

    I have to say I prefer twitter, it’s so much easier to connect with people you can follow anyone and if they don’t want to follow you that’s fine. I don’t send out many facebook requests, but I do like the facebook fanpages and groups.
    Two very different social networks , twitter is much easier to use :)

  • November 11, 2010
    K

    Thanks for the breakdown. FINALLY somebody put it down in plain language, particularly functional differences, pros and cons on both sides.

    Thanks again. Will retweet AND post on FB.

  • November 23, 2010
    Pumza Skiti
    @skitilicious86

    It definitely has to be Twitter! In fact I have never joined Fcabook even though the site had been introduced way before Twitter. What I enjoy about Twitter is the fact that each and every user understands the meaning of “social networking”. Everyone just express his or her view about current affairs, ones’ self (simple stuff not personal) or remain silent if s/he has nothing to say.
    Facebook I do not know whether its people in my surrounding that abuses the site. People just go all emotional about family problems, dating, break up, use the site as a weapon of vengeance in fact all their personal issues and lives are just advertised. They make it seem as if the site is for “councilling” though its not. I do not want to mention people that upload their photos nude,in bikinis, “too” drunk, sex scandals and all these thing as “youth” we do but that are suppose to hidden, private or ‘embarrasing’ sometimes. In Facebook people forget what you advertise or your behaviour in public about yourself is really who you are. Some people have lost their jobs due to the photos that they have uploaded and their status updates commenting about hectic stuff.
    I will say thumbs up for Twitter and down for Facebook without offending anyone! The site is good though if you know how to use it and for business purpose to the fact that most of South Africans uses it…

  • November 26, 2010

    I think facebook is user friendly though i use both, im new to twitter so i dont really know how it works. The problem with facebook is someone can create an account using your details,bt i think both of them are cool.

  • December 3, 2010

    I declare-
    Twitter is best for internet marketers.
    Facebook is best for those people who have insatiable appetite for making ‘friends’
    You won’t understand what Twitter is unless you have a minimum of thousand followers. For more followers have a look here- http://bit.ly/bBFNbU

    With thanks,
    Shafin.

  • December 9, 2010

    i like twitter

  • December 10, 2010

    I vote for twitter. it is a phenomenal social media tool or app whatever. and now i am involved in link building on twitter.

  • December 15, 2010

    By reading all this i come to conclude that Twitter is best for research or advertisement purposes. Wheeas if u have desire to grow the circle of your friends then facebook has no substitut. I use facebook and really enjoyed it

  • December 19, 2010
    Sue Frith Grau
    @SueFrithGrau

    I use both and have done some research into the use of Twitter for comedy. At a social preference level, for me Facebook has much more of what I need. However, I see Twitter as a different animal, much more of a plug-in to what’s happening on the ground. It’s easier to be involved in global discussions than on Facebook, particularly by use of the favoured # tag. I’d respectfully disagree with Steve T that Facebook is more ephemeral than Twitter. I find that if I blink while connected to Twitter, whole pages of tweets have passed me by, whereas I can pick up on Facebook more or less when I want. Although it is possible to customise Twitter to an infinite degree in order to best suit your style of tweeting, this also can have a detrimental affect on the computer in your life!

  • December 19, 2010

    Honestly, I just started using Twitter and I love it. I tried FB out a while ago and I hated it. Nonetheless, I highly doubt either with take the other out. They each have huge followings.

  • December 25, 2010

    prefer using twitter.
    SEO friendly,for traffic :)

  • December 26, 2010

    I agree a lot of comments above. Facebook is for me more focused on sharing pictures and movies etc… I am rather focused on my business and for this reason Twitter is ma favorite.

  • January 7, 2011

    It definitely has to be Twitter! In fact I have never joined Fcabook even though the site had been introduced way before Twitter. What I enjoy about Twitter is the fact that each and every user understands the meaning of “social networking”. Everyone just express his or her view about current affairs, ones’ self (simple stuff not personal) or remain silent if s/he has nothing to say.

  • January 9, 2011

    idk witch one but no one likes me on facebook than twitter : ) facebook no twitter

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