Ever since twitter came to existence there have been thousands of comments on which one is better. While millions sided with facebook because it was easy-to-understand & use, many sided with twitter saying it as more useful. I have been among the lot of people who have made an account on twitter but didn’t used it because a page filled with just texts was repelling! Twitter has been seen as the formal one.
I visited many websites to get the answer. But the right source was the people who made it.
I’ve been using twitter since the last 3 months & Facebook since 2009 & i realized that to answer this question first you gotta understand what this sites are meant for.
As intended by Mr. Zuckerberg, it is made to give you a social experience online. Making the social experience more efficient with the advantages of digital technology (like photo sharing) & at the same time an out from the busy schedule where intimate hangouts are scarce. It keeps your entire social profile online (likes, interests, etc.) & allows great content to reach you via your “friends.” I don’t think I need to say more on this as almost every person using internet uses facebook.
Creator of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, said that he was obsessed with maps & how the city breathes. Now, think of the one medium that updates you with the activities of a city. And the obvious answer is a News Channel: yes, Twitter is a medium for news. This metaphor fits well when you consider the following:
- 140 character tweet with the privacy setting: public, is just like those headlines.
- The trending topics indicate the breaking news.
- Journalists often interrogate the people for news, Twitter allows those people to directly report to you.
- Celebrities’ life updates are more sought for hence they have more followers.
Moreover, you can choose your “journalists” (people you follow) & look for “news” (tweets) based on hashtag feature. You can get news from the international level to the news relating to your best friend. Hashtags allows news from all levels on a single page based on a particular topic. People can sometimes be the faster source.
So which one is better: Twitter or Facebook? To this, I would say:
The people who compare the two are the ones who haven’t used it for the purpose they are made for.
Which one to go for? I say, both. Facebook digitalized the most basic aspect of a human’s life, & twitter revolutionized the way we are updated to our world. Can you really compare the two?