“I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user” said Bill Gates (brainyquote.com). Social media websites are tools of communications that are extremely interactive for the user. The best social media websites are twitter and facebook. There have been other battles in the age of computer technology. There was a heated competition between Microsoft and Apple. Likewise, the search engines yahoo and google competed against each other. The battle between Twitter and Facebook is far from over. Which one is better?
Facebook has many strengths. Facebook has numerous features such as e-mail, instant messaging, image and video sharing. Facebook has enough features that some of it users do everything on facebook. There are users that no longer use other e-mail or instant message accounts. They have a lot of popular games such as farmville, restaurant city and bejeweled blitz.
Facebook has tons of applications. For example, the applications where I’ve been and birthday calendar are popular. Facebook is the largest social networking site with over 400 million users. It focuses on helping users build deep connections with other users. The site is still growing.
Facebook has weaknesses. Facebook is more difficult to navigate than other social media sites. The many features and applications can cause clutter and confusion to users of the site. The confusion that it causes users leads to it taking longer to get responses to status updates, e-mails or instant messages. Additionally, it requires more of a time commitment to get the true benefit of the site.
Facebook costs more to run than a slimmer program like Twitter because of the bigger applications. Additionally, facebook has received a lot of backlash in regard to privacy. It has more information on it site then most social network sites. Therefore, users have more concerns about security issues such as identity thief.
Twitter has many advantages. Twitter is a simple and uncluttered social media networking site. It has been compared to google since it is simpler than most social networking sites. Twitter users get more immediate responses on status updates and
when they ask questions. It is a great site for promoting. It encourages constant linking out to anywhere. Twitter is good for people that want to reach out of their social circle. This is unlike facebook, which is mainly for just communicating with family and friends.
Twitter allows you to follow anyone. You do not have to wait for approval. There were only a few applications when the site began. However, it has added more applications such as twitterfic, summize, twhirl, etc. Twitter allows users to post messages by sending text messages through their phone. It has the potential to become more profitable than facebook because of its thinner overheard. Twitter has over 100 million users. The site is growing on a daily basis.
Twitter has some disadvantages. Some users believe the site is too simple and does not have enough features. Users are limited to only 140 characters per update. There is an over emphasis on how many people are following the user instead of building deep connections. Twitter has issues with spam abuse.
Facebook and Twitter will both continually attract more users. They are trying to improve their social network sites so they can eliminate their competition. Twitter and Facebook both have strengths and weaknesses. However, there is not really a better one. It depends on what you look for in a social networking site. The upcoming years will show whom the winner is of this social networking site competition.
15 Sept. 2010 http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/b/billgates173261.html