Facebook has been top dog for years now, everybody has one and everybody uses it. For a while critics thought Google+ would give Facebook some stiff competition, but that rumor was quickly put to rest as Google+ has still not become a household name. Twitter, however, has snuck up from behind and gained massive popularity over the last two years. The user base is steadily increasing daily and it leaves some people asking which is better? Many users wonder if it necessary to have both, or if one is better than the other. To that I say, good question! It is one without an answer, but I will do my best.
When it comes to Facebook and Twitter and which you should use, it all has to do with what you are looking for in your experience. Facebook tends to serve as a means for connecting with friends, family, and re-connecting with people you haven’t seen in years. Facebook has helped countless people find old friends, long lost family members, high school sweethearts, and more. It is a place to make personal connections with your respective Facebook friends. You can chat, video chat, share pictures/videos, post statuses, play games, and more. It is a means to connect personally.
Twitter on the other hand, is a means to connect, but not in the same way. Twitter allows users to tweet about their thoughts, opinions, and daily lives. It is less of a personal connection with followers, but more of a general sharing of tweets. Twitter users can still post pictures, but people rarely use it to share albums, unlike Facebook. It also doesn’t have any chat or video chat options, placing more emphasis on a general connection. Possibly the biggest difference between Facebook and Twitter is that Twitter places a large emphasis on celebrity connection. Many TV shows, movies, and celebrities have twitters that anyone can follow and they keep their followers posted on their day to day activity. Celebrities utilize Twitter much more than Facebook because it is a quick and easy way to share. In turn followers can keep tabs on their favorite celebrities and even tweet at them. Your favorite celebrity re-tweeting something you tweeted at them is often very exciting!
Overall, when using social media it is all about what you are looking to gain from the experience. If you want to keep close connections with family and friends, Facebook is the place for that! However, if you’re looking to speak to general audiences, connect with celebrities, and be less personal Twitter is for you! If you want a little bit of both, have an account for both. The best way to see what each is about is to try it.