Why Twitter is better than Facebook

Recently a lot of developers and bloggers had a healthy debate among the two most popular social media sites Twitter and Facebook.

Although Facebook ranks no. 2 in Traffic , whereas Twitter is at no. 9 , it is still treated as a better media tool by developers than Facebook. Here are some reasons why they say so:

1)      Quick Addition Of Friends In Twitter as compared to Facebook

In twitter you just have to just follow your friend in order to add him in your list, which is very easy as compared to Facebook in which you have to send a request to your friend and then also if he accepts your request you get added into his list and vice-versa.

2)      Facebook Limits your friendList

In Facebook you have a limit to add your friends. You cannot add more than 5000 friends in your friend list. Whereas in twitter you don’t have that limitation , irrespective in those cases where you don’t have any followers and you are following everybody , in that case twitter restricts your following limit to 2000.

3)      Twitter is for whom you want to know

Facebook acts as a communicating media between us and the one whom we already know, whereas Twitter is a media between us and those whom we want to know. Thus twitter provides us with knowledge , ideas about those companies / Personalities whom we really are interested in .

4)      No wastage of time in Playing Games

Unlike in Facebook , you don’t waste your time in twitter playing games  , liking your friends quote , tagging on his photo , or poking uselessly .

5)      Less Security Issues in Twitter than Facebook

Since you don’t post your personal pictures on twitter , nor you give your personal detail on it , there is nothing to hide in twitter  which results in full transparency + No Security issues , which in case of Facebook is present in bulk.

6)      Anyone can post on your  Facebook  wall

A major drawback of default settings of facebook is that any member of your friend list can post anything any your wall , which can even sometimes degrade you image in the society , whereas in twitter you can’t tweet on somebody’ wall.

7)      A new world of Hashtags in twitter

In twitter you can easily make your own community by writing “#” before anything. With the introduction of hashtags in twitter the amount of real time search’s in twitter has increased magnificently. Where as in Facebook you have to first join a community and then post on that community which consumes a lot of time.

Thus, these are some of the reasons why most of the developers in the techworld preferred Twitter as a better social media tool than Facebook.


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  • I disagree! Facebook is way better than Twitter! Twitter is way too cold for me! I hate the concept of follower and following! I mean, someone follows you and you dont follow them, that is pretty much like an ignored friend request! That point about playing games, gimme a break! Twitter is in itself if you consider wasting time! Someone XYZ commits a crime and a bunch of jackasses start making jokes of them, as if they all are saints! There are privacy setting to actually stop people from posting on your wall.

    • Yes Venky, I agree with you. There ARE privacy setting to stop strangers from posting to your wall. Although twitter drives a lot of traffic to me, the quality of traffic facebook drives is amazing. 😀

      • yes but twitter gives you the advantage of finding real people. In facebook we can meet fake people sometimes, but in twitter real personalities are identified by the verified symbol next to der name!!!

  • Twitter is open… and u have freedom to post anything… in the case of facebook, u cant update ur status as u feel, lot of “Friends” is the problem. 😛

  • OIC … Agreed but I find Facebook a little more interactive unlike twitter which is just text and dull …. personal opinion …

  • Shakti

    i m not entirely sure why we need to compare them..they simply are to address two different sets of audiences…twitter is simplest way to reach more and more people without much hassles, so more useful for people with huge amount of friends and ‘unknown-friends’ or in other words celebrities mostly..bt facebook is simplest way to connect to personal friends..

  • I won’t agree with your views friend. Facebook is way better than Twitter. I really find following anyones so much weird. Instead, poking or adding anyone as friend on FB is always preferable. Just my views.

  • Facebook just became popular because people are more interested in other’s lives than their owns and twitter is more famous bcoz it gives us a chance to share and know other important personalities ideas and cultivate them in our own lives!!!

  • While I agree with many of your points, I don’t feel you can really compare the two.

    Twitter is great for finding new contacts and quickly disseminating information. It’s fast moving and very open. But what happens when you make a good contact on Twitter? You often connect with them on Facebook which I (and I think many others) feel is where you can nurture a more personal relationship. It’s slower paced and usually less public. Not everyone, but most people keep their Facebook profiles more private and are pickier about who they friend there, which brings a level of exclusivity that Twitter lacks.

    Still, I don’t think they are comparable. More complimentary than anything. Some people prefer one over the other. I guess it depends on the nature of your business and who and how you like to connect with others.

  • Number 4 is what I like. Let’s just get to the point.

  • Just like point number 6 , any one can follow u on twitter. Its really irritating to see spam ppl and things following you on twitter…Any way to remove them ?

    • Yeah, we can ‘block’ stalkers/spammers on twitter 🙂

  • Many thanks for this excellent summary. I agree with all your points, though I have found from hosting my own recent debate that this is a very polarising issue. It really is horses for courses. Guess I’m just not a Facebook kind of horse. Best regards, P. 🙂

  • definitely a good post! I have to agree wholeheartedly about the “gaming” thing. I know when I first started using Facebook it seemed like the games consumed all my time. Not good! I have also found that I’ve gained more “business” contacts through Twitter than I have from Facebook. Thanks for sharing!

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  • At Facebook we can share anything fully with our friends but at Twitter there are limitations to describe any thing in just 140 characters.

    But I like & use both social media sites 🙂

  • I also feel like people are generally more “real” on Twitter, than on Facebook. I don’t know about any of you, but alot of my friends put up a fake “image” on facebook which could be due to them having family members/co-workers on it and what not.

    Twitter however essentially revolves on a person expressing themselves, and for this I feel like you get to know people better on it.

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