March 10, 2009

Twitter and/or Facebook?

After being a Twitter member for a few days, and a Facebook member for much longer, it's hard to reconcile the two.

I know it's simple to have everything you tweet show up on your Fb, but that doesn't seem right to me. For starters, their structure is fundamentally different. Fb wants something in the form "Mike is watching dancing bears" while nobody on twitter posts that way. So if you tweet, it can end up awkward and wrong in Fb ("Mike Dancing bears, oh my!"). Then there's the re-tweets, hashes, and messages that are totally out of place in a Fb status ("Mike RT @ryanseacrest It's Chuck Norris' 69th birthday today"). The two great tastes just don't taste great together.

So I'm left updating status in two places, which I really don't want to do. As a result, I find myself ignoring Fb, which is a shame because it's a great way to stay in touch with (and locate) old friends. Maybe I'll just have to suck that part up.

What's the lure to Twitter for me? I think it's fun watching celebrities be real and normal people. It's fun watching them send messages to each other. It's fun that you can even send messages to them and they *read them*! Whether it's Shaq or Ryan Seacrest, John Mayer, Carla Hall, or Dr Drew, or just people that you know (or those that you don't!), this *is* new media. PTI tweets to get topics for the day's show. Why even have reporters? Why involve the middle-man? Let the people speak for themselves. Immediate and unfiltered.

So what to do about Fb? What to do, what to do? I'll get back to you. In the meantime, don't be shocked if I'm not updating my Fb status as often as I used to.

Posted by pinkerton at March 10, 2009 6:33 PM | TrackBack