I created my Facebook account in 2007 and my Twitter account in 2008.
Through Facebook I was able to connect with lost friends and family. It was an amazing tool that really made an impact on my personal life.
My first exposure to Twitter was at a conference last fall for higher education web professionals and it was amazing. I wrote a post about it called ‘Social Media Killed the Business Card.’ In the post I observed how effective Twitter was at connecting and more importantly staying connected. Through Twitter I am able to stay connected with the people from the conference gleen infromation from them and share. The way following works with Twitter is almost spider web like. I’ve had several people begin following me who I don’t know because I’ve been on someone else’s list and we have like interests. I’ve also followed people that I do not know, but are on my follower’s list and we have like interests. Check out the graphic below of some of my friends and their friends.
For this reason, I view Facebook as effective personal tool and Twitter as an effective tool for maintaining and creating professional relationships. It is void of all the fluff and distractions that makes up Facebook. You get pure conversation.
I see benefit in using both tools, but I would rank Twitter higher than Facebook as a communications tool.
How do you use Facebook and Twitter? Do you think Twitter will become the next Google of social networking? Share your thoughts.