Gordon Swaby

Twitter And Facebook, Not two of the Same. So Stop Comparing them.

I’ve been asked this time and time again; “Gordon, Twitter or Facebook, Which one’s better?” Even recently on Twitter by my friend and fellow blogger Ruthibelle.  My Answer?  Twitter is Facebook’s status updates on drugs, albeit you are limited to 140 Character on Twitter which you are not limited to on Facebook, but that’s twitter’s job…status updates and they do it well.   Twitter does what it’s supposed to do great, which is “microblogging” and facebook does what it’s supposed to do well, which of course is a full blown “social network.”  Of course twitter is social in a sense, but nowhere near to Facebook’s level of “socialness”

Twitter Vs. Facebook

Twitter Vs. Facebook

When you add someone as a “friend” on facebook in contrast to you following them on twitter is two different things. Facebook offers you the ability to view  picture of the person, they’re religious views, interests,video and a myriad of other things while twitter is much less formal, offering you only  a short blurb about the person and a link to they’re blog/website with status updates.  If you’ll notice when you add someone on facebook you are much more likely to know more about them compared to when you add them on twitter( assuming they provide they’re info on fb).

Twitter is good for collective thoughts and it can give you an idea of what is on the masses’ minds. That is where “Trending Topics” come into play, facebook does not provide that. Another favorite of mine is Twistori, twistori shows you what people love, hate feel, think, beleive and wish which is all made possible with twitter’s status updates and there API. Facebook provides more robust stuff like say quiz applications, games etc. I could go on and on about the usefulness of both but i’m guessing i made my point ( or not?).

Ultimately they’re both great and DIFFERENT coomunications services and i will use both.

Written by Gordon Swaby

Gordon Swaby

Founder and CEO of social learning service EduFocal.com. I’m passionate about technology, the internet and the use of technology in education. I am a recipient of Governor General’s Youth Award, the PSOJ’s 50 Under 50 Award, The commonwealth Youth Award and many others.


Lovingly made on Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 at 9:29 am. Filed under Uncategorized, Webology.

  • http://ruthibelle.blogspot.com ruthibelle

    'Twitter is Facebook’s status updates on drugs'… luv it, lol! And ok. I hav been educated. thanx gordon 🙂

    • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

      Your welcome lol:)

  • http://georgiajenkins.com Georgia Jenkins

    I agree. They're tied together as in showing facebook numbers on Twitter, but have different uses and purposes. Twitter for quick notes.

  • http://myworldmylens.aminus3.com/ Stunner

    I still haven't used Twitter.

  • http://stunner101.blogspot.com/ Stunner

    I still haven't used Twitter, only facebook.

  • donfuxx

    Yeah cool post! All this fb vs. twitter comparisons are a bit weird. Twitter is just a completely different thing than facebook. Facebook is a full blown social network and with Twitter there is not much that you can do besides tweeting…

    cheers,
    Thomas

    • http://www.webproductblog.com/ Thomas

      Just to add: Twitter is actually more a communication and information tool. Facebook is more are an “Stay in touch” thing

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Harlow/724122679 Stephen Harlow

    I agree. FB is best used for close communication, including scheduling activities with a group of trusted friends, twitter is best for reaching beyond the trusted group to engage in an exchange of information and opinion.

  • http://www.harmontampa.com Lizz Harmon

    People want to compare Twitter to Facebook, because they understand Facebook and are intimidated by Twitter. Their uses are different. I appreciate your post. Thank you.

    • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

      Your welcome! Thanks for commenting

  • http://www.jamaipanese.com Jamaipanese

    some users from a certain local technology forum also cannot see the difference between Twitter and Faebook

    • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

      Lol, i'm assuming your talking about tech jamaica or somewhere near there:P

  • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

    Thanks for the comments everyone.

  • http://www.clicktrue.biz ginocarpio

    i go for facebook.. no one reply at me on Twitter! I only like reading the tweets

  • http://www.clicktrue.biz ginocarpio

    i go for facebook.. no one reply at me on Twitter! I only like reading the tweets



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