Last week Patrick Barbanes asked what I thought was an interesting question: are you more comfortable on Twitter or Facebook? Sometimes I go with one word answers and sometimes I don’t. While I am comfortable anywhere, here’s my answer: I am partial to Twitter.
Lately it it seems like Facebook is changing their features and TOU so often, I feel like I am jogging at midnight in Central Park flaunting my gold Rick Ross necklace collection and I could get bumrushed at any time. Or as my friend @michaelcalienes said in a Tweet last week, “Another Facebook feature, another trip to the privacy controls.”
Yes I have a personal Facebook account and understand the value for my clients. I get that the Starbucks FB page has been valued (within a wild range) at about 12,857,142 million “Tall” drips. But for me, personally, Facebook is kinda like Flickr with captions. Before the rioting begins, please hear it out. Thanks.
On Facebook, I really enjoy seeing pictures of my friends, their kids, families and travel logs of interesting places. I love this picture of Cameron! I love Tami Stillwell’s #GoingGhana pictures. And on and on. I have caught up with some old friends, flames and other scuds from my past on Facebook but I have “met” few new people via Facebook. Please guess how many new Facebook friends I have met IRL? One. But that was because of a Tweetup invite on Palo’s Facebook page. Other than that, those I have met on Facebook, I met through Twitter first. And I do not have a problem meeting people, male or female, young or old, black, white or even green.
Through Twitter I have met what could be several hundred friends and people that I have come to care for a lot. On Twitter, I feel have widened what I call my “Chicken Soup Circle.” That is the universe of people who could let me know they are sick and I would bring them chicken soup. Or vice versa. Or if I could not bring them chicken soup, I could instantly post and reach out to about 1,000 of you and see who could help out. I’m sure Twitter folk would come forward double quick.
I saw a Tweet a few months ago that went roughly like this: “I ran out of gas on the L.A. freeway. Call Freddie at 310.xxx.xxxx and pls have him call me. He’s not picking up.” So I called Freddie. Poor Freddie! Freddie said, “Thanks man, your like the 50th person to call.” And that is my point. And my take on this whole thing.
Now it’s your turn. Sound off! I publish and respond to all comments and opinions. Last week, I received a real nice e-mail from one of my New York readers about my blog post and our blogging community. Here’s a piece of it: Mike, it’s fun to see blogs with such vibrant communities in the comments.” So be vibrant and have a great day! ~Mike