Thursday, November 19, 2009

Twitter vs. Facebook

I have twice as many Facebook friends as I have Twitter followers. After banging my head against Myspace so I could have as many friends as possible, I've lost the urge to hustle these platforms. I actually seem to know who most of my Facebook friends are. I'm less person oriented on Twitter.  I accumulated followers, mostly strangers, for a while, and now all new followers seem to be porn or How To Market on the Internet oriented.

I only post the "good stuff" on Facebook, stuff I think will be seen as funny. I don't post the filler. I know, dedicated readers of Klog will be shocked that I consider some posts (As opposed to this one) filler.

I stick everything up on Twitter. It's my dumping ground, where everyone is advertising to everyone.

Today I stuck up what I thought was an amusing bit on Facebook --

Avatarred and Feathered: a bunch of fake dialogue from the movie Avatar. I also posted some silliness my brother made -- One Great Wisdom and One Great Truth: some obscene version of Aha's "Take On Me" and some insight into the concept of  "dickballs" --on Twitter.

The Twitter post got more than four times the hits. Now bear in mind, this blog (if you want to call it that. I call it an ever expanding masterpiece)  is on the long, long slender end of the long tail, so the number of hits is so small as to defy easy statistical analysis, but nonetheless the truth seems to be clear. Twitter beats Facebook for self promotion, and hustling strangers beat actual friends.

Now, Twitter doesn't just involve followers. Everything posted gets seen by everybody on Twitter who checks out "Everybody". This doesn't really change the fact that Twitter, based on this loose, accidental experiment seems to be the place to promote your material.

At least if you're not hustling strangers on Facebook.

--Dan (I Don't Really Get Online Networking)Kilian

The Friends of Greta

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