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Facebook vs Twitter: Which Is Best For Your Blog?

facebook vs twitterWith millions of people using Facebook and Twitter on a daily basis, it’s rapidly becoming one of the most effective ways to connect with others. These days, every man-and-his-dog are Facebooking or Tweeting, it’s everywhere you look.

As a new blogger, who didn’t even know how to use Twitter or Facebook, the last few months have been a bit of a learning curve. Being a ‘baby’ in the blogging world, I’m still trying to get my head around the social networking sites and, some days, am tearing my hair out in frustration. For me, it doesn’t come as natural as for others, so, my question is; which one works best for your blog?

As a new ‘baby’ blogger I realize how important having a Facebook and Twitter account are. After all; I started writing (blogging) as a way to put my thoughts on paper (computer screen) and through this, connect with other women. As a baby duckling thrown in the water, I discovered very quickly, there probably isn’t a better way to connect with other, like minded women, than through Facebook and Twitter.

“Facebook – A social utility that connects people with friends and others.”

“Twitter – A social instant messaging system that lets a person send brief text messages to connect with friends and others.”

As you can see, they both have the same purpose but are completely different from each other. Which one would be better to use? A friend of mine stated: “Facebook is where you find the people you know, Twitter is where you find the people you should know.” Hmmm, interesting, still not helpful in deciding between the two for my blog. I guess that both are equally important in different ways but as I have found it to be very time consuming, I thought that -perhaps- I could get away with just using one of them. I don’t know, what do you think?

Is Facebook or Twitter more beneficial in connecting with others? If you use both- how do you manage this?

Twitter Pros:
  • Easy to navigate and update, link to and promote anything
  • Reach far beyond your inner circle of friends
  • One feed pools all users; anyone can follow anyone else unless blocked
  • Pure communication tool, rapid responsiveness
  • Very interactive, extensible messaging platform
Facebook Pros:
  • Application mash up; find people, make connections, email, instant messaging, image/video sharing, etc.
  • Most people can quickly grasp the value of connecting with friends, family and established contacts; some people report they use Facebook instead of email
  • More emphasis on deep connections with others vs. who has the most connections (more quality instead of quantity)
  • Inherit stickiness, third party applications, “gift giving” and personal data collection make Facebook a powerful advertising platform
  • More transparent and therefor it feels like you are able to make deeper connections with people

To me, at times, it’s mind boggling and I’m trying to take baby steps and learn along the way. With Twitter, I like the way you are able to instantly connect with others; it’s like texting all the people you know at once. It’s also very addictive and I find myself checking my Twitter account all time to find out what others are up to at that moment. With that said, I’m still trying to work out everything and discover how it all works.

To be completely honest with you, I’m having more trouble with Facebook and I’m probably the only person on earth that doesn’t ‘get’ everything (so my 9 year old keeps telling me). I love the ‘share’ and ‘like’ option, enabling me to share articles and people that interest me and could be of benefit to others. But I’m not completely sure how the ‘like’ button works exactly. Then, there is the photo issue, how on earth do I get my picture to show when I leave a comment?

mind boggling

Yep…sigh..baby-new to facebook, and I’m blonde…maybe that explains it all??

The aim of writing this blog is to reach out and connect with other women, and I do believe that’s achievable with both Twitter and Facebook. I really like the option of sharing other women’s writing and articles as well, and I can see that with Facebook this will have a deeper connection.

You can see I’m kinda stuck a little….

HELP…

With all of this in mind, I’d thought to reach out into the blogging world, and ask you ladies – How do you find using Facebook and Twitter? Which one do you prefer?

I’d love to hear your comments, it will help tremendously and will help shed some light for this blogging-baby ;-)

As always, thanks for taking the time to read.

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Love,

Raquel :-)

 

 

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  • Momamusings

    I have recently set up a facebook ‘fan’ page for my blog, and also have a twitter account. Although it seems to work for so many people (I found this blog post through it!), I haven’t gotten the response that I was hoping for from Twitter. It hardly ever even registers as a ‘traffic source’ stat on my blog dashboard. I find that Twitter is so inundated with people using it for blog post plugs that you really have to have something catchy in order to draw someone in – obviously something that I lack ;)  So far the blog fan page has been working more like I think it should be working – although it too has far fewer followers than my subscribed followers!? I am thinking that I don’t spend enough time on either to make them a more valuable tool…but like you said, it is so time consuming! This probably didn’t help at all, but your post sparked some thoughts!

    • Momamusings

      I just thought of something that I failed to mention….PINTEREST! Pinterest has done wonders for my blog!! I realize that it is just another thing that you have to keep up with, but I so enjoy it over all the others. Just wanted to share my (last) bit of wisdom with you ;)

  • Mariah24

    Personally, I use FB all the time, it’s an easy way to keep up to date with everyone. I’m not into twitter as I feel that I can’t really connect on a personal level with people. Sorry, probably not much help. I enjoyed reading your Post

    • http://2dayswoman.com/ Raquel

      Hi there – thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I’m glad you enjoyed :-) Have a fabulous weekend!

  • momto8blog

    I have both accounts but really have no idea how stuff gets on there…I guess I am the worst one to ever ask!!!

    • http://2dayswoman.com/ Raquel

      I’m soooo glad to hear I’m not the only one, pheeew, such a relief :-) Thank you so much for reading and making me feel a little better!

  • http://themarriagechecklist.com/ Dr. Ann

    Raquel,
    Nice to “meet” you over at Bloggy moms!  I think you’ve already done a great job learning about the differences between FB and twitter.  I use the Hootsuite application (free) to help manage the two, and I don’t post everyday.  I pick my days to be present – the other days are for all the other things in life.  Good luck, and blessings!
    Ann

    • http://2dayswoman.com/ Raquel

       Hi- it’s great to meet you as well! Hootsuite is something I still need to look into, thanks for the tip. I think it will help manage everything a little easier. I appreciate your feedback and taking the time to help out :-)

  • http://mamawantsthis.com/ Alison@Mama Wants This

    As someone who uses both Facebook and Twitter extensively, I’d say do both. It can be a huge time suck, but that’s for you to manage as healthily as possible.
    Twitter is great for instant chatting and many friendships can be built through it. I also find that if you have a question you want answered, Twitter is an amazing resource! It’s also great for tweeting your own blog posts (though, don’t overdo it), and sharing other posts you loved.

    I use Facebook for my blog to connect with people who are not on Twitter as much. I also share snippets of what’s interesting, that are too short for my blog, but too long/ too much for Twitter. 

    So I use both as they have great pros for each. It’s just a matter of balancing where you spend your time. Good luck!

    • http://2dayswoman.com/ Raquel

       Hi Alison- thanks for your great feedback! Sharing snippets on Facebook is a great idea I hadn’t thought of yet, thanks for the tip :-) I can see how it could become time-consuming, and like you say, finding balance is the key. Thanks again for taking the time to comment, it’s been very helpful.

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