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Jun 23

Don’t Give Up Your Day Job

Aka Leslie Horn’s Gizmodo article about Facebook and Twitter is just plain stupid.

First, let me begin by telling you why I’m blogging about this. It’s because all of Gawker Media requires you to log in to post a fucking comment. Seriously, who thinks this is a good idea? It’s ridiculous. Judging from the number of people who sign in just to bitch about that, I’m not alone. Plus? The damned site can’t even manage to keep our passwords secure so, you know, maybe they should tell their staff members to refrain from commenting on what other people do?

So, anyway, Leslie’s complaint is that people shouldn’t autopost to Facebook from Twitter. She makes one or two decent points, and I’ll state those here.

  • Tweeters post a lot and a lot of that is crap that people won’t care about (guilty!)
  • Twitter is better at facilitating conversations, either one-on-one or in small groups
  • Redundancy often occurs if you follow someone on multiple social networks

But then Leslie goes on to basically say that because she uses Facebook one way, every one must, too. Or else she’ll defriend you, you guys. Oh noes! But, here’s the thing, she has no qualm explaining how she has “just” 400 friends on Twitter and that her 1500-deep friend list on Facebook might need a little cleaning. You think? I mean, it’s no wonder you’re not having any personal god damned conversations on Facebook. You friended everyone you ever met ever–and probably their dogs, too. Facebook can be as personal as Twitter, if you clean up your fuckin’ list. You don’t need to collect every acquaintance you’ve ever met. There’s no possible way that all those 1500 people are your actual friends.

That’s okay, though, because she says she doesn’t actually want to read what her friends say. Leslie comes off as such a sweetheart, doesn’t she? She goes on to say that even if someone’s tweets are absolutely amazing, “you’re not supposed to like a tweet.” Since when? Isn’t that exactly what the favorite feature does? In fact, the Twitter site and official apps all let you see what your friends are favoriting and who has favorited specific tweets. So, um, just STFU.

Horn also takes the time to tell us, dear readers, how Facebook and Twitter differ when it comes to hashtags. Yes, Facebook doesn’t use them, but their use on Twitter has also evolved. After all, you can come up with the same search results just using a regular search on Twitter and, perhaps more important, people don’t just use hashtags to make things searchable. They use them to make a point, it’s like bolding your post. Leslie must never look at trending topics, or else she’d see that half of them are sentences to provoke laughter, rather than searchability.

I think that, perhaps, the social networks were once more different than they are now. However, these things happen. Evolution happens in social media as it does in real life, and Leslie Horn just can’t handle that. Even Facebook has taken cues from Twitter by allowing you to add people to your statuses with the “@” symbol, which segues into another complaint. She doesn’t want to see Twitter conversations on FB. I actually agree with this, but I haven’t seen a single app that still lets those through in months.

I’m not going to say that there aren’t differences in how I use the networks. For instance, I have more offline friends on Facebook, and if I want others to see a comment I’m making about one of them, I’ll comment on their profile, rather than shout out on Twitter, even if we’re friends in both places. For the same reason, website updates might be more relevant to my Twitter followers than my Facebook friends, but if we take off website updates, thoughts about what we’re doing or thinking, then it leaves only one question begging to be answered: Leslie Horn, just what do you think it is that we’re supposed to do on Facebook?

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