This quote from author/speaker/teacher Marianne Williamson sums up the greater meaning of the social media explosion around the world for me~ “It is not only our interconnectedness technologically that promises to shift the world we live in, but our interconnectedness humanly and spiritually.”
Erik Qualman, the author of “Socialnomics,” shares a statistic that points to the triumphant human need for “belonging”: Social Media has overtaken porn as the #1 activity on the Web.
For those doubting the importance of this connection, he also adds, “We don’t have a choice on whether we DO social media, the question is how well we DO it.”
Aren’t Facebook and Twitter the same kind of thing?
It’s true that Facebook & Twitter ARE both forms of “social media,” but they are used quite differently for different purposes.
10 distinctions between Twitter and Facebook
1. You can only use up to 140 characters on Twitter for each post.
2. You don’t have “friends,” you have “followers.”
3. You can generally “follow” anyone you want without approval.
6. While Facebook can be experienced as an ongoing friends & family reunion, Twitter is more like stopping in at a lively cafe, filled with familiar and new faces–talking about new and familiar topics.
7. I primarily use Facebook for more personal connections though I do share “my work” and I do “network” with my Facebook “friends”–for personal and business needs–even attracting clients.
8. Twitter has been a place of networking too–but more with colleagues than with friends and family. It’s also been a tremendous place of learningfor me with the latest news from individuals and organizations; and with the latest information– and leads–in each of my areas of interest–from parenting to publishing, and everything in between.
9. Because Twitter has a cafe feeling about it, there’s little if any social responsibility to “show up” or “respond” to others. Many people have hundreds, if not thousands of followers, so expecting a personal response is far fetched.
That said, I have developed treasured friendships on Twitterand have had enjoyed exchanges with well-known authors and the like–which brings me to that which I love most about it:
10. On Twitter, everyone has a seat at the table. And those who come with the biggest purses (of information and love)–are very, very generous.