Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What is the difference between Facebook and Twitter?

Facebook and Twitter are social media giants and they play a big role in many of our lives. Both of these platforms are similar, but they offer just enough differences, to entice many people to use both. This article will highlight some of the differences that I have noticed between the two.

First off, with Facebook you can type as much as you want into a single status update. We have all read the heartfelt stories, theoretical insights, rants, and interesting drama in our news feeds. Some posts can fill an entire page if you click the little blue “See More” icon. Proceed with caution when clicking that icon, you may not know what

you're getting into! On the other hand, with Twitter you only have 140 characters (including spaces) to express your thoughts in a Tweet. This gives people a quick update and insight about whats going on with that person or business.

The next area of divide involves the amount of information that can be displayed in your profile. On Facebook, there are fields for name, education, work experiences, contact info, birthday, relationship status, favorite quotes, favorite movies, and more. Granted you can leave many of these fields blank, but most people include a large amount of personal information on their Facebook profile page. On Twitter, the only information in your profile is your name, Twitter handle, brief bio, and a website if you have one.

Another big difference is the type of user engagement on each website. Many celebrities and large corporations look like they are more active on Twitter than Facebook. On Twitter, they reply to fans tweets quickly, give fans shout outs, and more. I also believe that many celebrities prefer Twitter because they don't have to accept friend requests. Lots of fans can start following them on Twitter and there is no action to take on the celebrities behalf. In contrast, Facebook's user engagement seems to be more centered around friends, families, and local business. Facebook has lots of local business pages and many users go to them for reviews and more. Finally, on Facebook, most people will only accept a friend request from people they personally know. With Twitter, there is more interaction between users who have never met before.

To sum everything up, Twitter revolves around brevity, while also giving you more opportunities to interact with celebrities, personalities, and big corporations. With Facebook, you can be more detailed by typing long posts and adding lots of information to your online profile. Facebook also seems to revolve more around interaction with close friends and family. What are your thoughts on the difference between Facebook and Twitter? Comment below:

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