Are you familiar with the term sour grapes? It’s from one of those stories (probably one of Aesop’s, but don’t quote me) that teaches life lessons. In it, there’s some animal trying to reach these delicious-looking grapes and, being unable to, skulks away muttering to himself, “Those grapes were probably sour anyway.”
For some reason, sour grapes was the first thing that came to my mind when I heard that Mark Zuckerberg apparently told his friends, “[Twitter is] such a mess, it’s as if they drove a clown car into a gold mine and fell in.” Well ok then. Could the Facebook wonder kid be just a little bit peeved that Twitter didn’t sell to him?
I’m sorry to take another hit to your ego, Mark, but I gotta tell yah -- I prefer Twitter to Facebook.
Here are the top 9 reasons Twitter is better than Facebook
- Friend vs. Follow: On Facebook, if you’re friends with someone, all of their stuff comes up in your feed. And let’s just say that not everyone knows how to use social media wisely. On Twitter, people can follow you, but you don’t have to follow back.
- Short and Sweet: 140 characters for the win!
- Hashtag Linkage: Sure, you can use hashtags on any social media platform, but they don’t actually do anything except on Twitter. Click that #hashtag and you’ll be linked to other tweets using it.
- More Celebrity Interaction: Just a personal observation, but it seems to me that more celebs seem to actually tweet themselves, as opposed to their Facebook pages, which seems like a big advertisement managed by their PR folks.
- Fewer Ads: Are the promoted posts on Facebook driving anyone else bonkers? The promoted tweets aren’t so bad -- maybe because of the 140-character limit.
- Retweets: People are much more likely to RT something of yours they like than to share your status on Facebook.
- Cellphone Compatibility: Facebook mobile, in a word, sucks. Meanwhile, there are a lot of awesome Twitter apps out there that integrate really well with your smartphone. I use Echofon and am very happy with it (not an advertisement).
- Breaking News: It happens on Twitter. The running joke when news “breaks” on TV is, "I heard about that an hour ago on Twitter." Over on Facebook, my stream sometimes shows posts that are a day or more old.
- Privacy Settings: Since I joined Twitter in 2008, the privacy settings haven’t changed much, if at all. Seems like they’re changing every other week on Facebook.
What's your favorite social media platform?
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