Everyone who knows even the tiniest bit about social media knows about the hot shots in town: Facebook and Twitter. There are, what seems like, zillions of other competitors but those two are the most recognizable for the average person. These days I am sure there are even pet fish who have Facebook pages.*
For so many reasons, Facebook has long been my favourite of the two. I can share pictures with my friends and family on the other side of the country, I can like other people’s posts, I can read news articles my friends have shared and discuss them, and I can comment on the crazy new tattoo my sister just got. I joined the site a long time ago when I first moved to Calgary and was away from family for the first time. It was such an easy way to connect with the people I no longer saw on a regular basis. Now it has become so much more.
Despite my love for the F-B, if you have been to my website’s page lately (I won’t even link to it here because it’s embarrassing) the place is a desert. Even the tumbleweeds have abandoned it for greener pastures.
Why? I find it impossible to both keep up with my personal Facebook page and my blog Facebook page. I’ve tried all the handy tools that automatically share blog posts but none of them seem to work properly. I spent more time troubleshooting than I did actually communicating with people. So I gave up. All but deleted the bloody thing.
When it comes to utilizing social media on behalf of this site, I far prefer Twitter. While I don’t actually have any friends or family who “tweet”, I have found it a simple and fun way to connect with other bloggers and meet new people. It’s quick – I can check it on the fly- and I’ve never had to spend hours searching the help section. Also, I can easily update my Twitter status using my Blackberry, something I haven’t figured out how to do for my website’s Facebook page.
Unfortunately, Twitter isn’t nearly as versatile as Facebook. Not only are users limited in how much they can say but they are limited in how many of their followers they can reach at one time. No one is going to scroll through their Twitter updates to read something posted a few hours ago, no matter how cheeky or witty a comment it was, or how much they care about you. In that sense Facebook is much better at reaching a large group of people.
If only I could figure out how to make it work for me.
Do you have a preference? Which social media platform has given you the most success? And if you have any Facebook wrangling advice, I’d love to hear it!
*The jury is still out. But I did find a number of fish blogs, including this fish training blog. Proof there really is a niche for everyone!