Twitter and Facebook have some similarities. Both offer a micro-blogging feature via status updates.
Of the two, I think I prefer Twitter.
Why Twitter’s better
Twitter’s public. You don’t need a logon to see my Twitter feed. (It can also be made private, if one prefers.)
Twitter’s open. You don’t need to log onto a web site to use it. Thanks to a published API, Twitter has lots of different applications that can post to it, and you can also post via text message.
Twitter displays things in strict time order. Facebook’s News Feed does some weird crap with what it shows you, sometimes sometimes (and often annoyingly) showing you stuff from days ago, and seemingly hiding other updates until it feels like showing them. Which leads me into…
Twitter keeps its history, and it’s very visible. You can link straight back to that killer post. Facebook… well, I’m not sure I trust it to keep everything, because I can’t easily find it. (But given there’s always an inherent risk with keeping your data with external companies, I keep copies of significant posts myself.)
No offence to my Facebook friends, but Twitter has cooler people on it, publicly tweeting. In most cases you don’t need to go through the rigmarole of getting permission to watch their Tweets, so it’s easier to find and follow who you want. In fact it’s helped get me interested in Federal politics again.
Twitter doesn’t try to integrate every bloody app, and keep asking you for permissions to use them. Nor does it have overt advertising or keep making suggestions about things that will just waste your time.
Why Facebook’s better
Facebook has the advantage of including easier methods for posting pictures and video. Twitter gets these via addon sites such as Twitpic, or via separate services such as Flickr or Youtube.
You never see this in Facebook:
You can’t play Scrabble in Twitter. Mind you, those new adverts are pretty annoying.
How others see you
Facebook has the Like button. Twitter has a way to make a Tweet your favourite, though that’s not really an equivalent to Like.
But Twitter also has Retweets, allowing people to pass on your comments to their followers, should they wish. Facebook doesn’t really have an equivalent to that.
And Twitter has Lists, which I find interesting.
How do others categorise me? Checking the lists, I show up as:
- melbourne (x 7)
- news (x 2)
So anyway, I’m more likely to post on Twitter than FB. Follow my Twitter feed if you want to.
(I should add that although I dip into Facebook every so often, I am pretty strict there about only “friending” people I actually know in real life.)
Which do you prefer?