While Twitter vs. Facebook obviously makes a good story, it’s a battle getting far more than attention than it deserves. Here’s why:
1. While there is some overlap because Twitter and Facebook are both communications platforms, people use them differently. Twitter is a system to quickly send and receive messages. This is its primary focus, although there are a few other things you can do. While sending/receiving messages is definitely part of Facebook, it’s just one part of the mix as a tool to maintain relationships digitally – in addition to uploading photographs, etc.
2. Twitter is increasingly becoming a tool to share information given the number of URLs included in updates – a phenomena that’s quickly making Twitter an intriguing search tool. On Facebook, sharing consists of photographs, social plans and personal updates. Sure, you can share a link but it’s probably not one of Facebook’s go-to applications.
3. As noted above, Twitter is evolving into a search engine for people looking for ways to search differently and access real-time trends. Facebook is not a search engine, and it’s hard to say whether Facebook Lexicon has much traction as trend tool.
4. Twitter is becoming a popular mobile tool for people to provide updates, including the reporting of news such as the elections in Iran. While Facebook has a mobile footprint, it’s far less compelling than the desktop service.
5. Facebook’s business model is focused on advertising, a volume business driven by page views. Twitter apparently has no interest in advertising and, to date, no business model.
6. Twitter has potential as an enterprise tool so employees can communicate within groups. Facebook use within the corporate environment is tolerated but not encouraged.
So, what do you think? Are Twitter-Facebook comparisons valid or off the mark?