As I have said before, I am active on Twitter and on Facebook. On Twitter I have two accounts because, well, essentially I live in two unique worlds. One world that I live in involves babies, poopy diapers, naps, sleepless nights and the occassional theatre or restaurant visit. You can find and follow me around on Twitter at Papastacey.
The other world I live and write in is the world of politics. Occasionally the worlds overlap when a politician who is full of shit opens his or her mouth and spills their shit. Shit from politicians, shit from babies…same shit, different diaper. You can find me on Twitter for politics at theleftcoastca.
At any rate, combined I have some 600 Twitter followers. That is not a significant number of followers in the Twitterverse, regardless, it is some 600 followers. Of course the numbers of followers goes up and down. When I tweet about feeding my babies cocktail sauce, it goes down. When I tweet about the HST being a massive tax shift to the poor working slob, my followers increase.
On Facebook I have a pretty stable 185 friends. To be my friend on Facebook at some point we have to have sat at the same table and broken bread together. All my Facebook friends are people like this, except for one guy named Noel who I accidentally clicked to accept his friend request and am too embarrassed to “unfriend” him.
Awhile ago I asked the question into the Twitterverse, “What is a good local web-hosting company?” And I received one response. That’s odd, I said to myself. Hmmm…Time for a social media experiment.
So I posted the question on Twitter, “Does anybody else have a baby or two that literally eats books? Our twins are devouring our collection of kids books. Anybody else?” Of course I tweeted this into the world of poopy diapers section. And the response from Twitter? I had an interesting couple of tweets from one person. One person out of 600 followers responded.
Then I thought, well maybe it is because the subject matter wasn’t suited to the vast majority of my Twitter followers. So I posted another question about buying a camera and asking for advice. No response…well actually one “follower” sent me a link to a site that sells a different kind of camera than I was looking for. That was it.
So what about my 185 friends on Facebook? To the babies eating books question I received 21 responses. People offering advice (appreciated advice as well) and people saying their kids did the same thing or people saying that m,y babies are just weird. 21 responses.
For the camera question on Facebook I received four or five thoughtful responses that offered quality to the conversation.
My deductions from this social media experiment? Twitter is for shouting out information. There is no conversation or engagement between individuals. It is one person shouting at the top of their lungs and not listening to a word that anyone else is saying.
Facebook, on the other hand, is for connections with real life friends. It is about engagement in a myriad of conversations with any number of friends.
I have heard it said before that the people you follow on Twitter are people you would like to be friends with and people on Facebook are your real life friends. I’m no longer so sure I want to be friends with the people I follow on Twitter while I know that I am friends with my Facebook friends…except for that Noel guy.