My Verdict on Twitter
It has been almost 11 months since I started my Twitter account. I have more than 270 tweets, but I have only posted five times in 2009. So why this decrease after a fairly decent start?
I still believe Twitter is a really cool web app, but at this stage in my career, I have decided it just isn't for me. I have instead focused on Facebook status updates. I think the main factor that motivated me was the greater number of responses I get from Facebook status updates. With tweets, I felt as if they would just go unnoticed and unread. They felt like a waste of time. My Facebook updates, on the other hand, get replies very often. And with the addition of "likes", I get even more feedback from others. Replies are also way easier to follow as Facebook provides some support for threaded conversations while Twitter does not.
Facebook status updates have, of course, some obvious drawbacks. The main one is that they are limited only to my set of friends. My Twitter messages could be read by anyone in the world. So there is a lot more opportunity for networking there. Still, that is what I have this blog for. I can communicate with the rest of the world through here. For smaller, more everyday thoughts, Facebook is just perfect.
I am not giving up on Twitter just yet, but the slow posting rate will remain until a gust of motivation comes my way. I would like to hear from others who have tried one or both systems. What are your thoughts?