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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The Difference Between Twitter and Facebook

That is the title of this New Yorker piece. It promises something interesting, but what it delivers is some soporific business-side analysis about how many "users" use or are being used by product X v. product Y, and what "percentage of the world's population" blah blah blah, as if it were truly fascinating and impressive that some arbitrary fraction of the mass of global humanity got it into its head to do anything at all. 

Both Twitter and Facebook are about spraying fragments of information at others. What makes Twitter the greatly superior product is that it is candid about this. With Twitter, nobody pretends to have a conversation. There are no "friends" on Twitter. You are either followed or you are ignored. Actually, even if you are followed, you are ignored. I am reminded of this every time I think I have conceived the perfect tweet. As soon as it is posted, my tweet is inundated by a tidal wave of logorrhea; suffocated by the relentlessly incessant thoughts of others. The perfect tweet is the first one on your feed. Everything else is damaged goods and depreciates by the second. No pretend friends, no (or mercifully few) pictures of babies (though I do love babies as much as the next consumer of electronics), no fake conversations and debates, no extended display of cute ungrammatical and unsyntactical ineptitude. Just a few short keystroke bursts of pure business, with no false pretense that anybody will give your mental squirt a reasoned second thought. Just look and move on. Non ragioniam di lor, ma guarda e passa. 

Posted by Marc DeGirolami on February 5, 2014 at 09:25 PM | Permalink


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I thought the perfect tweet was no tweet at all.

Posted by: SparkleMotion | Feb 6, 2014 12:32:40 PM

Facebook is one of my most regular sources of news. Not just news about which friends are having babies, and isn't their new baby just SO cute, but news about larger world issues.

My friends all post articles, stories, etc. about what's going on in the world and since I share some common thread with all of these people, they do an excellent job curating the news for me.

Perhaps I should get myself a Twitter handle. By your account, I'd find similar value there.

Posted by: Matthew Bruckner | Feb 6, 2014 1:17:43 PM

That buisness side stuff may be boring, but with no appreciable revenue or any realistic idea how to ever make money, no matter how perfect twitter is not long for this world.

Posted by: Brad | Feb 7, 2014 8:11:05 AM

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