With over 1 billion members, Facebook is by far and away the world's most popular social media site. However, with over 250 million active users, Twitter is unfortunately vying to grab a share of the action. The big question, though, is this: is Twitter worth joining? Secondly, is it any different to Facebook?
In this article, I want to attempt to address these key questions and give a snapshot of what Twitter has to offer. Hopefully, you'll be left thinking not "should I join Twitter?" but rather "I should join Twitter today!"
One of the fundamental differences between Twitter and Facebook is the character limit. For you non-Twitter users, you'll have no idea what I'm talking about because Facebook has no such limit. You could probably write a whole essay's worth of writing in a single post and there would be nothing to stop you from posting it. Twitter is different. For every post, or 'Tweet' as it is more commonly known, you can only use 140 characters (not words) and not a single one more. For many, this could be seen as a basic drawback, but in my opinion, it is a huge advantage. Is there anything more annoying than reading a really, really, really long Facebook rant about a topic which has absolutely no value to you? Snappy tweets are far more digestible and so their non-obtrusive nature is definitely something to rejoice.
Another key difference between Facebook and Twitter is the control you have. On Facebook, once you have become 'friends' with someone, it is hard to ignore them. As a result, posts will continue to pop up on your timeline of someone you use to know 10 years ago but have not been in contact with since. Your Facebook timeline can end up looking like an old school yearbook. For many, being able to keep in close contact with old acquaintances is what makes Facebook so appealing. For those who'd rather focus on the now as opposed to the past, this can be really really tedious.
Twitter is, once again, different. You can control the content you receive by 'following' certain profiles. What's more, if someone happens to like what you say and lasts your profile, you do not have to follow their back. This means that you can really tailor your content to suit your needs and interests, and even if you do not have anything to really tweet about, your Twitter feed will still be interesting to read.
As you may already begin to see, though similar, Twitter and Facebook are fundamentally different. Many people will find it hard to make the switch to this smaller social media platform, but in my opinion, once you do, there's no going back. Twitter is simply better.