This evening I posted on to the Z’s Cup of Tea Facebook wall that I rarely login to Facebook and that I’m more active on Twitter. Before today, I don’t remember the last time that I logged in or even posted a status message or shared a link. Nowadays I mostly share my blog posts there via WordPress.com’s Publicize feature. I also shared my Facebook post on Twitter:
I’m also posting it here because there are many still who aren’t on either Facebook or Twitter, or don’t go to these sites. The primary reason why I am posting here, though, is to explain more about why I’m not really on Facebook and why I use Twitter more.
I never used Facebook or Twitter before I began food blogging. I had no personal interest, even when friends urged me to sign up (I reasoned back then that if I could email them, if I could phone them, or if I could meet them face-to-face, I didn’t need to sign up for another avenue of communication). I joined Twitter first, because of people who had commented on my blog posts and whom I connected with. I joined Facebook later, as I saw my recipes being shared there on food bloggers’ pages.
Of the two, Twitter has been the most constant: I use it more and I actually like it more than Facebook. (That’s just me, I know that some people find it the opposite.) In a Wired interview from last year, William Gibson compared Twitter to being like the street. I agree with this analogy.
I’m generally aware of important news stories because of Twitter and because of the people I follow (I don’t follow any official news sources, like newspapers or television networks) and usually it’s where I’ll learn about it first, before I see a headline. Sometimes I’ll find or learn something that I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have otherwise, whether to an interesting article or a video. I know more about tv shows I don’t watch because of people I follow (kind of like how I learned more about Twilight and The Hunger Games because of what I heard people saying than anything I could have read; I don’t really watch a lot of tv). Twitter is also, depending, my preferred way to get updates from different blogs and bloggers I follow in addition to email or in lieu of an RSS feed.
This isn’t a defense of Twitter, I’m simply expressing why I like it. I find it easier to use than Facebook, and friendlier in a way. Twitter and email are the top two things I check regularly on the go on my iPod touch.
As an aside, my writing of this post reminds me of this article I read some weeks ago that Matt Mullenweg, the founder of Automattic and WordPress, tweeted. It’s about taking back control over your social networks and how blogging factors into the whole social media buzz. (It also makes mention of WordPress.com’s Publicize feature, which I highlighted in my Facebook post and mentioned in this post.) I couldn’t post this on Twitter because, well, it clearly goes over and beyond the 140-character limit. I couldn’t have posted it on to Facebook either because I’m pretty sure this is too long for a Facebook post (FB has a limit, too).
So, those are my two cents. Which one do you use more, Twitter or Facebook? Or do you only use one of them? Sound off in the comments!