Is Facebook or Twitter Better?
Let’s take a look at some comparisons objectively!
|Summary||Facebook is a social media site founded in Feb 2004. As of Sep 2013, Facebook has more than a billion active users. Most of which use Facebook from just a mobile phone.||Twitter is an online social media site that specializes in microblogging services that allows users to send text-based messages of up to 140 characters, also called “tweets”.|
|Main People||Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz||Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams|
|Features||Facebook includes countless of features that include, Friends, Fans, Wall, News Feed, Groups Fan Pages, Live Chat, Likes, Photos, Videos, Text, Links, Status, Pokes, Gifts, Polls, Apps, Games, Messaging, Classified section, upload and download options and many others||Tweet, Retweet, Direct Message, Follow (Both People or Trending Topics), Links, Photos & Videos|
|Advertising||Advertising comes in the form of banner ads, casual games, referral marketing and a fancy tool known as PowerEditor||Advertising supported usually through promoted tweets|
|Uploading of Photos||Yes||Yes|
|Direct or Private Message||Yes||Yes|
|Launch Date||Feb 4, 2004||Jul 6, 2006|
|Number of Active Users||1.59 Billion||305 Million|
|Founder||Mark Zuckerberg||Jack Dorsey|
|Posting of Updates||Yes||Yes|
|Apps and Games||Yes||No|
|HQ Location||Menlo Park, California, United States||San Francisco, California, United States|
|Users Show Approval Through||Like, Share, Comment or Reply||Either Retweet or Favourite|
|Number of employees||12,691||3,900|
|Follow Trendy Topics||No||Yes|
|Privacy settings||Multiple layers of complexity||Either public or private|
|Current estimated value||$104 billion||$10 billion|
|Post length||Unlimited||140 characters|
Which Should You Use
Facebook has lots of potential uses. It is usually used to help you stay connected to, or reconnect with your friends you actually know in real life. You can maintaining a personal profile and post relevant messages on your buddy’s “wall,” upload photo albums and videos of your latest travel adventures, share links you resonate with, write long descriptive notes, send private messages to friends, video chat, and even play silly games.
Twitter only lets users post 140 character messages and see what other users are tweeting. It is mostly used to “talk” or “rant” to other individuals with similar interests. It doesn’t matter whether you know each other off Twitter. It is also popular to follow updates from celebrities to catch the latest gossips.
I mostly use Facebook, partially because I can’t be bothered following the muses of celebs or reading rants from others, but to each his own I guess.