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3 Reasons why Twitter is better than Facebook

I'll be the first to admit that when I first signed up for Twitter, I didn't get it. If anything it seemed like the "dumbed down" version of Facebook to me. Where's all the extra goodies? Why can't you attach photos, videos and/or songs? Once I figured out how to do those things through other sites (and link to my Twitter timeline), it made a lot more sense to me. And today, I actually prefer Twitter to Facebook for these 3 reasons:

RSS Feeds
It's just shocking to me that Facebook hasn't added this yet. If you're like me, you have lots of people you follow on Facebook that simply have too much time on their hands. And between all the random "good morning Facebook" messages and the latest Farmville score, your viewable timeline can fill up pretty fast. In the meantime, you may miss some news from a dear friend or family member. So unless you go to visit each of their individual pages (because YOU have lots of time to do so, right?), you could miss out on some important information.

Twitter thought of such a scenario, and added an RSS subscription option on every contact's page. I have subscribed to several of my friends' RSS feeds to make sure I don't miss anything. Sadly, most of my friends and family are still on the Facebook bandwagon, and reluctant to switch over to Twitter. I keep telling them about all the tools out there to manage both, but that's a whole 'nother story.

Direct Messages from your mobile phone
Let's say your out and about and want to send a message to one of your friends, and let's say that this hypothetical friend doesn't have a cell phone (hard to fathom, I know). Can you send someone a direct/private message through Facebook Mobile? Nope! If you've set up that app on your Facebook account (which most of my friends don't know how to do), your only option is to send messages/files that are posted to your own wall.

But thanks to Twitter, you can send a direct message to that friend by just typing in 'd username', and sending to the Twitter mobile number. Your friend will receive a copy of the direct message through the site, and will also receive a copy of the message via e-mail (if that option is selected by your friend). Likewise, your friend can respond to you with a direct message, and you will receive that on your mobile phone as long as you have enabled that default option. So Twitter makes it easy to communicate with your followers without broadcasting to the rest of the world.

Lack of clutter
Ironically, one of the things I didn't like about Twitter is now one of the things I like most about it! There are no games on Twitter, no special groups you can join, and the "about me" page is so much simpler. If you take a look at your Facebook timeline, how much of it is filled with your contacts' scores on games and other random updates that really don't interest you? If I'm connected to someone that plays several rounds of a game, they can easily fill up my entire timeline in one day.

Twitter forces us to be more concise, and to just publish what really matters! Sometimes it is hard to get your point across in 140 characters or less, but it also helps cut down on the inane chatter. I follow many people in various different fields, some of which appear to have too much time on their hands as well. I'm thankful that some of those folks only have 140 characters at a time at their disposal.

So those are the biggest reasons that I prefer Twitter to Facebook. How about you?

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  • Sep 17 Posted 3 years ago Smarttouch Advert

    "What a great article! it realy showed to me manything that i have already missed. just let me add more point from my point of view about this informative article.There is a very interesting feature that makes twitter special, which is its SEARCH BAR! you can search for anything you want without taking privacy settings into conserdration in the opposite to facebook
    It’s a great way of finding people who are looking for your service or for the content you have created.
    Even though you need to make sure that your potential customers are there before you start a campaign.
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  • Oct 8 Posted 5 years ago AriesDoria (not verified)

    I prefer of what the first guy said that the headline is lacking. But I also prefer Twitter is more valuable. Although it is not interesting to others because it has no applications and games that Facebook does. And is lacking because of it's 140 character in making your statement. But the pretty thing about this is that Twitter is helping you to receive current updates and information from people around you. And the pretty thing about this is, it's like you're own diary with a taste.

  • Jan 29 Posted 7 years ago ChrisDeary The problem with this article is that the headline should read '3 reasons why Twitter is better than Facebook FOR ME'. Social networks are just like any other products, different ones appeal to different people for different reasons. Personally I find Facebook to be much more powerful, but that's just for the specific reasons I need it and use it for. If Twitter works better for you and your needs, that's fine. But I do think there are far too many articles that analyse functionality and use this as a way of saying one is better than the other. Social networks are about connecting with people and whilst the tools clearly play an important role here, ultimately it's the people you want to find and connect with that determine which is better, not which one has RSS feeds etc and which doesn't. @chrisdeary
  • Jan 27 Posted 7 years ago ShaunWorcester So many interesting comments here, and some that seem unwarranted. My point was to write an article that would appeal to web and social media folks, as well as everyday users who may use each site for essentially the same purpose: keeping in touch with friends and "cyber stalking".

    I have heard and recognize that Facebook used to have an RSS feed option, and I'm sure there's a very good reason why they had to remove that feature and haven't been able to add it back yet. But the fact remains that as of today, that's a very big difference between the two sites.

    I also realize that the two sites are very different, but I would argue that most businesses and individuals use each site for essentially the same purpose. This was intended to be informative to those that may not have known about these three differences. Many people I talk to are still very unfamiliar with Twitter and how/why they should use it. We recommend each site to our clients, sometimes only suggesting one and not the other, but many times both.
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    Jan 27 Posted 7 years ago ariherzog There are too many problems with this article, much of which has been reasoned in earlier comments so let me add that 1) Facebook profile updates and notifications were previously configured with RSS feeds that have since been nixed; 2) If you visit the Facebook mobile website from any mobile device, you can send private messages without spending money for sending text messages; and 3) If you "hide" what you don't want to see on your news/live feeds, you won't see that clutter.

    Ice cream and cake, indeed. Each with their own tastes.


  • Jan 26 Posted 7 years ago TimNicholson

    You guys do realize that authors write these kinds of posts for the very purpose of being controversial, right? Exaggerating to prove a point and watching the fireworks go off. The bottom line is that Twitter is too simple and really should incorporate media attachments. At the same time, Facebook has become absolutely cluttered with crap! I say this and I'm actually a Facebook app developer.

    While shaunwo sounds like he's uninformed about the new changes abrew at Facebook, he likely is keenly aware of them. Facebook is completely revamping how games and apps interact with users. I'm not saying they will get it right the first time because they seem to have a track record of getting a good idea and not implementing it well. However, at some point we will likely have a completely separate inbox for REAL messages from friends versus messages from games and apps. We'll likely have a REAL wall with just stuff from our friends and separate walls for games and apps.

    While lite.facebook.com is a cool concept, eventhough I hate seeing all the apps and game clutter on the regular Facebook, lite.facebook.com doesn't support these features in any way. I still want the ability to see that stuff when I want to because I DO play games and use apps on Facebook and the new Facebook changes are an attempt to address that.

    Now for the shameless plug... please check out my website at http://xtremelysocial.com where I post the most interesting social networking news from around the web as well as my own Facebook app news and discuss it with my readers. Its a new site, but a cool concept, complete with the most extensive Facebook integration available on any site.

  • Jan 26 Posted 7 years ago RedKing What's exclusive here? Did someone pay you? Sounds like it.
  • Jan 26 Posted 7 years ago WillSloan
    For the record, Facebook did, at one time, utilize RSS feeds. I used to have a Facebook Status feed on my website until the feature was disabled sometime last year after some privacy concerns. Although the most recent Privacy Policy still cites the use of RSS feeds, they have slimmed down the feed function to keep it within the Facebook realm.
    Comparing Twitter and Facebook is like comparing cake and ice cream. They both have similarities and pair well together but they are two totally different things. To say that one is better than the other is such a waste of time. They are both completely relevant tools in the social networking toolkit, independent of one another and fulfilling different needs. 
    Your comment response "I realize that you can block the games and such, but that's extra time that you simply don't have to invest on Twitter" baffles me. Especially after you just said in the article, "Once I figured out how to do those things through other sites (and link to my Twitter timeline)," which takes way more time than the single click it takes to block an app on Facebook.
    I just absolutely hate the fact that you bothered to write this article because it seems like you have, at best, a very basic and recent knowledge of these two sites. I just don't get people who feel like they have to side with either Twitter or Facebook, like it's a choice. Is it that difficult to use both? Or if it is really that difficult for you, could you just not express your opinion openly... like, ever.
  • Jan 26 Posted 7 years ago ShaunWorcester I realize that you can block the games and such, but that's extra time that you simply don't have to invest on Twitter. And modifying what you see in your timeline is not the same as an RSS feed. I want an RSS feed for specific people that I can read through Google Reader, like I can on Twitter. And yes, I know that these two applications are very different but many people use them for many of the same purposes and these are my top 3 reasons for why I prefer Twitter.
  • Jan 26 Posted 7 years ago JessicaOwens This article has many errors... You can completely ignore game applications. Each time you see one that you don't want to see again (Farmville) hover over it, click the "hide" button on the right and click hide this application. That way you're not missing what you're friends are doing or might say but you don't have to see their Farmville status or whatever game/application you don't want to see.
    Also, you can avoid people you don't want to see. At the bottom, you have options to "show more of" in the news feed and "hide" in the news feed. There are people that I am "friends" with that can't seem to have anything useful to say. With that said, I've simply removed their posts from my newsfeed. There is your custom RSS feed by Facebook... 

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