The Showdown: Facebook vs. Twitter

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It’s a debate I’ve heard way too often lately: “Which is better? Facebook? Twitter? None of the Above?” Facebook has been around longer than Twitter, but does that mean it’s any better or worse than Twitter? For me, at the end of the day, Twitter and Facebook serve two very different purposes.

Facebook came about my freshman year of college. Like most of my school, I spent my spring break basking in the excitement that our school finally had the privileged of being on Facebook. (It was February, in the midwest, and it was snowing… yes I spent it on a computer). I friended people I hardly knew, but that didn’t matter. My classmates and I spent our days seeing who could get more friends, meeting new people, and exchanging homework information. With college in the past, Facebook has been the place for me to keep up with my friends from college, family, and friends from high school. I haven’t used it too much for networking outside of that. For the most part, it’s been about keeping in touch. When I’m frustrated, my Facebook status will show that.

Twitter on the other hand is all about meeting new people and learning new things. With a new found love for social media as a marketing tool over the last five or six months, I wanted to learn everything there was to know about it. Google got me some articles, but never the in-depth conversation I was looking for. Enter Twitter. Twitter gave me exactly what I needed to interact with people who have the same interests as me. I found article after article on social media and search engine optimization. It was the outlet I was looking for to learn from.

I still will use Facebook from time to time for non-personal things and I will use Twitter to post quotes, love songs, etc when I’m in that kind of a mood. But overall the two websites serve two very different purposes for me.

How do you use Twitter and Facebook?

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  1. Personally I think that Facebook is about reconnecting and Twitter is about connecting. Both have magnificent search capabilities, but most migrate toward Facebook to find those they know present or past, and Tweeps are looking more to find new individuals/businesses to network with. That being said, Twitter lends itself more toward a business application. My humble opinions.

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