Both Facebook and Twitter are free social networking sites that are a form of microblogging. To refresh your memory, a microblog is a much smaller version of a traditional blog post and it is not constrained by finite times associated with discrete events.
Facebook and Twitter users are able to “microblog” about just about anything and not limited to how they are feeling, what they are doing, where they are or even what they are eating. In fact, Facebook’s status box says: “What’s on your mind?” clearly indicating to users that they are able to pretty much write exactly that: whats on their mind.
The difference between the two is really found in the elements. Facebook has a “like” button in which its users can like a status, photo or anything that other users have uploaded. It is considered the smallest form of human expression. Status updates allows users to post text, emoticons, pictures, videos, locations, tags to other friends, among other things.
For more on Facebook, read Stephen Wolframs Blog post : “Data Science of the Facebook World” http://blog.stephenwolfram.com/2013/04/data-science-of-the-facebook-world/
Twitter’s posts have a 140 character limit. These posts are known as “tweets” and users can repost or “re-tweet” updates from other users. Twitter uses a form of following other users (rather than having to be “friends” with them like on Facebook) to see the stream of tweets. Then there is hashtagging- words or phrases prefixed with the # symbol (which I am guilty of being a hashtag monster) and the user name which is prefixed by the @ symbol. This makes twitter unique rather than using tags like in a normal blog site like this one 😉
Then there is LinkedIn, a business-related social networking site. Its elements consist of a profile page, which requires an online resume that allows potential connections or job recruiters to see your information. Rather than Facebook “friends” LinkedIn uses “connections” that highlight the business aspect of the relationship and uses groups that allow users to connect and share information on a particular subject or around a given interest.
Hopefully I enlightened you a little bit for todays read. That sums up this weeks lecture.