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Why is #Twitter so compelling? And why I think #Twitter is better than #Facebook.


My husband says I am ADDICTED to Twitter.  I am going to have to agree–that’s the first step to recovery, right?  Admitting there’s a problem.  Here’s the thing–if I am wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Twitter is the perfect marriage of everything I love:

  • Talking–aforementioned husband can attest to this.
  • Witty banter–who among us did NOT love the back and forth poking and jesting of the beloved Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd on “Moonlighting”? Come on.
  • Celebrities, et al. tweeting for themselves — you never know WHAT is going to happen–trainwreck? drunk tweet? insight of amazing wisdom and sparkling brilliance? You just never know, and I want to be there to witness it live and in person.
  • Speed–the witty banter, comments, retweets, arguments, snarky comments, tips, tricks, news, views–all scrolling past my bleary eyes. I love it all
  • Accessibility–have a burning desire to be heard by Oprah? With Twitter, you have the opportunity.  For me, that’s the most compelling aspect of Twitter.  Real people who make real change in the real world really do tweet, read tweets and respond.  Five years ago, you would have had to write a letter to an editor or production company or agent for a chance to be heard.  That’s all changed.

While I love Twitter, I know a lot of people who don’t.  To some degree, the comparison between Facebook and Twitter may be like Coke vs. Pepsi, Mayonnaise vs. Miracle Whip, Crest vs. Colgate–you just like what you like.  I’d like to think it’s just fear of the unknown–I know before I dove into the Twitter pool, I didn’t “get it” either.  Really, though, comparing the two isn’t quite fair.  While they are both mediums of communication, one is really better for communication among friends and family and the other is better for mass communication, news and events.  I’ll let you decide which is which.

What I know for sure: there aren’t six degrees of separation any more.