Twitter People vs. Facebook People


Since 2004 Facebook is the brand name associated with social media. Twitter has been something of a much maligned younger sibling in the social media world since it stumbled home drunk two years later.  That is the difference between Facebook people and Twitter people.

On Facebook everyone is a polished, Cosby Show/Brady Bunch version of themselves. On Twitter everyone seems to be the sarcastic, hungover,  Jackass version of themselves.

There’s a chance Mark Zuckerberg will sue me for using the word Facebook 800 times in this blog post. Twitter will buy me a shot and retweet the link to this 800 times.

If Facebook and Twitter were movies, Facebook would be The Little Mermaid and Twitter would be The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

On Facebook you can follow all manner of celebrity but you’re still held back by a velvet rope. It’s a one way street of communication. On Twitter, if @AmandaBynes says she just set a fire in her driveway I can suggest she throw water on it and she might even thank me.


@shaylamaddoxTwitter makes me like people I’ve never met and Facebook makes me hate people I know in real life

On Facebook if George Takei posts a hilarious picture of Spock and Captain Kirk engaged in relations I can’t ask George where he got it or if William Shatner would mind if I posted it. Doing research for this I used Twitter to contact the artist, Kiersten Essenpreis,  of the cartoon above and the person Shayla Maddox, another artist, who actually tweeted the caption inspiring the cartoon. That’s Twitter, where everyone gets down in the mud and wrestles with everyone else. Click their names to check out Shayla and Kiersten’s websites. They’re both very talented artists.

On Facebook I post pictures of all my festive holiday ties. On Twitter I wear a t-shirt with the sleeves cut off to show off my tattoo.

Typical Facebook status by me: Only 8 hours until I’m on vacation!

Typical Tweet by @FunkyFresh_79: I just saw a pancake in a tutu outside of IHOP and I’m not sure if aroused is a strong enough word for what I’m feeling right now.

Don’t get me wrong. like a parent with two kids, I love both Twitter and Facebook equally, but in different ways. On Facebook you find old friends and on Twitter you make new friends. Facebook is a class reunion while Twitter is the first day, or maybe night, staying in a college dorm. You have to be invited to the Facebook party while on Twitter party crashing is encouraged.

SquirrelArmy Tornado @MikecanrantStuffing a bag of live chickens in the microwave for 3 minutes does NOT make popcorn chicken. In fact, it makes a mess. A horrible mess.

Before you get the wrong impression about my thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, let me tell you how I got sucked in. A year and a half ago I set up a Twitter account but rarely used it. Then I tuned into Twitter during the Super Bowl and it was like a great big conversation about the game; like you’d have in a bar talking with friendly strangers.  A few months after that I was on a business trip to Florida when suddenly I felt a little buzz in my pocket. A Twitter notification? I had never gotten one before! I only had 34 followers at the time. @GregoryGAllen, an author and HuffPo columnist whom I had never heard of, was tweeting out to his over 3,000 followers that he was reading my novel White Picket Prisons. I was stunned and amazed. I had no idea how he found me. I messaged him to ask and it turns out that a blog post of mine had gained some viral traction and had been shared by one of his Facebook friends. In that instance, without any crude jokes, Twitter and Facebook came together to make something amazing happen.

This is a perfect example of Twitter:

Chris Sherk @TheIronSherk: All of my life has led to this moment, trying to write the perfect Meatloaf tweet Once I do, everything else will be gravy.

That’s Twitter for you. Not everyone will get the joke, but the right people will.

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21 responses to “Twitter People vs. Facebook People

  1. I know next to nothing about the social media propaganda other than Facebook.. mostly cause I’m too lazy and not because I don’t have a social life to tweet about, but your tweets makes me want to try it now..

    • I didn’t get Twitter at first but since I got into the flow of it I liked it. As far as the few tweets I used, those are pretty tame, but you can tailor your Twitter by following people you like.

  2. Great article and so true, twitter vs facebook people, haha, like putting people into categories.

  3. Umm.. dude, you know that you can comment on facebook posts, right?

  4. Love the comparison. Facebook and Twitter are definitely opposite ends of the spectrum with social media.

  5. Love your blog. Thanks for following!

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  7. Love this, and so much struck a chord with me, I found myself nodding like one of nodding dogs you see in the back of people’s cars. I was thinking about where I fit into this…I hate both. Facebook (I don’t even have an account anymore) and Twitter (140 words, how am I supposed to work with that?) … what does this make me?

    • It makes you normal and probably better of than the rest of us internet addicts. You’d be surprised though what you can do in 140 characters.

      • I’ve been on Twitter about 6 months or so, and I am yet to construct something witty in 140 characters! It just hasn’t happened yet! It’s just not for me… I’ll probably deactive it soon! And yay to being normal. I haven’t heard that before! 😀

  8. Yup, loved it them and still love it!

  9. So basically Facebook is my Catholic grandmother announcing she just made the best meatloaf of her life.
    Twitter is my weed loving, over-sexed crazy aunt.
    Got it.

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  11. Still true. Twitter for me: it’s meaningless, and throwaway, and knows it is. Could do with a few more ‘friendly’ people though!

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