Why for me, Twitter beats Facebook

Twitter is wonderful in a way that Facebook isn’t.

Facebook allows you to connect to people you know. It’s quite a personal thing housing pictures, thoughts and details that you likely wouldn’t want to give random people access to. So you’re quite discerning about those you invite to be your “friend” (for want of a better word) and those from whom you accept similar invites.

Twitter on the other hand is less personal. People’s profiles are generally quite vague and while many write about the minutiae of life, thoughts are generally not sufficiently detailed to tie to an individual. Its primary use, certainly among those people I follow, is to disseminate information that other people might find interesting.

This less personal feel that forms the basis of Twitter rather oddly promotes the creation of new friendships in a way that Facebook doesn’t. Facebook attempts to maintain existing friendships in a virtual world, and with its 500 millionth user recently signing up, it’s arguably rather successful in that mission. But the looseness of Twitter allows you to follow people you don’t know, strike up relationships with people you’ve never met and form alliances with those people based around common interests (and quirks).

With Facebook, what was real becomes virtual. With Twitter, what was virtual becomes real.

And this is what I love about Twitter. It extends your friend-base as opposed to enriching your existing friend-base. It’s almost like a social outlet in its own right. I can find people interested in Excel, in social media, in data mapping, in fatherhood, in iPhones, music, numbers and engage with them meaningfully on those very subjects.


2 Responses to “Why for me, Twitter beats Facebook”

  1. Yasmine Hamid on July 22nd, 2010 19:44

    This has been my experience too. Twitter allows you to meet and engage with new people who share your interests whereas Facebook is a lazy way of keeping in touch with people you already know. I got bored with Facebook pretty quickly but my relationship with Twitter keeps on evolving.

  2. Art Vandelay on July 23rd, 2010 19:09

    I like letters.

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