I’ve joined Twitter only 6 months ago (never too late?) and I am completely taken with it.
Let’s start from the beginning. I was
eighteen years old nineteen years old and I began hearing of Twitter at every corner on campus. So I asked a sister of mine if it really is worth my time since I already have Facebook – the ultimate social media networking site at that time. Her response lay somewhere between “if you want to” but it isn’t really for such “young” folk. And so I never thought about it again.
Until six months ago. Ironically the person whose advice I took, convinces me four years later that Twitter is a useful social networking site to be on especially with a career like mine. It took only a month for me to realise staying logged onto Twitter almost all day is the best way to soak up all it has to offer.
I had been bored of Facebook for quite some time before signing up for a Twitter account. Now that I am on Twitter regularly, I have gathered a few good reasons why Twitter provides a better social networking experience more than Facebook
- Input or content that provides value to your well being, general knowledge or interests. Following the right people and organizations can transform your “social” experience into a bundle of “newsworthy, thought-provoking and interesting” experience. For rich content, it’s all about who you follow and interact with.
- Precise messages. With a limit of just 140 characters, creativity kicks in and you’re forced to get straight to the point when you have something to say – what better way to save time? A lot of readers (myself included) want quick, short snippets that say all you need to know about something. And Twitter gives you exactly that. The other advantage of the character limitation is that there’s no opportunity to post long, monotonous statements (Facebook come to mind? Yep, they have a 60,000+ character limit – an open invitation to babblers).
- Twitter doesn’t prompt you for your personal information. The lack of information requests on Twitter that I am constantly victim to on Facebook, makes your online experience more pleasant, smooth and relaxed. For people who are not comfortable sharing too much of their personal details (and rightfully so, the internet is full of inquisitive crawlers), Twitter leaves information sharing up to you.
Wondering why am I still on Facebook when I clearly prefer Twitter? It’s so I can be found more easily – all about search engine optimisation. If someone lands on my Facebook profile, it can lead them to my blog, which can lead them to my Twitter. Ah, does it get more sweet?