While pretending to be an expert on swimming at the Olympics at 5.00am on Sunday morning and live tweeting it, I realised something. I’ve had a Facebook account for 5 years. This is a long time for me to commit to something. Maybe commit isn’t the right word, but I tend to get bored easily. Twitter, I’ve had for a much shorter period, about 18 months.
I also realised that I barely use Facebook at all, and actually spend more time being honest about my life with my friends on Twitter whom I don’t know in real life, and deliberately not posting things on Facebook, so that people I actually know, don’t know much about me.
I pondered the reasons for this. Facebook, I have used to keep in touch with people I actually know. A result of that is everyone who ever meets you maybe, once, adds you on Facebook. I’m friends with my secretary, friends with people I went to school with, who I haven’t seen for 10 years, and friends with relatives I haven’t seen since I was a child.
Twitter, I have used to make new friends and be engaged by media, celebrities and people with common interests to mine. I, of course, don’t use my real name, so I am somewhat more free to be open, sharing and honest when I know that my secretary can’t see it and gossip about it with people at work.
Don’t get me wrong, I still check Facebook several times a day. I just prefer Twitter. I also think Twitter is more relevant, more engaging and you don’t have to share much personal information without looking like you are ultra cray cray about privacy. You know, those people on Facebook who share NO information about themselves, other than that they are a female or male and they have ONE picture on their profile? Of their dog, cat or baby? If you have that much information about yourself on Twitter, you’re practically an oversharer!
I also find on Twitter, you can simultaneously share so much of yourself while remaining virtually anonymous. It’s a great contradiction. For example, I don’t use my real name on Twitter. I’m more likely then, to tweet something like: “Someone at work has bad breath today” than update it on my Facebook, where people I know from work are going to see it. I’d also NEVER share many of the negatives in my life on Facebook, less people I know from school thinking that I lead anything other than an awesome life. I feel like I can share everything (to a certain extent!) on Twitter. I also absolutely HATE it when people I know in real life follow me on Twitter. Twitter is my special place where I escape from In Real Life People. My bestie’s former housemate follows me, and that’s annoying, but she doesn’t seem to go on there very much, so I let it slide. A girl I went to uni with found me on Instagram (we are not friends) so I immediately blocked her. I just don’t want them invading my Twitter space, it’s WHY I don’t use my real name!
If I had to choose, it would be Twitter. Hands down. No competition. Gold medal and Facebook comes a disappointing third (behind Instagram). Don’t even get me started on Linkedin (no thanks) or Google Plus (don’t know anything about this strange website).
How do you feel about Facebook and Twitter? Do you feel more comfortable on Twitter or Facebook? Do you share more of yourself on one or the other?
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