Archive for March, 2011

I was impressed with fellow blogger @Aaron with his post on which of the two social networking platforms will die first, he opined facebook to live longer than twitter and supported his view with following :
1> Community :
We all want to be part of community and building communities on facebook is much easier than making lists on twitter. The huge downfall on twitter might be its simplicity, because when more people join and follow others the stream will be too cluttered and news will be harder to get out. I feel twitter needs to do something to address this problem soon. Facebook knew of this problem so they added a feature to view recent feeds based on wall posts, photos, fan pages etc.
2> More people
Facebook has more people using it, roughly six hundred million users compared to twitter with only two hundred million.
3> Closer relationship
I use facebook to connect with my friends. Facebook allows me to view their photos and more personal update as compared to twitter.
4> Simplicity doesn’t always rule.. innovation does
I don’t feel simplicity has any place in technology, if you have no upgrades you will lose out in the longer run. Look at the fate of MySpace and friendster.
5> People don’t get twitter
One of the most frequent questions I get from people on twitter or from my friends is “I don’t know what to do on twitter”. The reason is simple because some don’t really feel need to connect or to network with new people or people they don’t know
6> Variety of things to do on facebook
There are so many things we can do on facebook such as
Games
Quizzes
Different applications

My views

I however don’t hold the same opinion as my friend Aaron does:
I don’t find any reason why one has to die if other has to live. I however believe that with time twitter will definitely have an edge over facebook due to its simplicity and better connectivity.
1> Who needs communities?
Facebook upgraded its groups to next level but goes on to carry the groups that it already had which are now nothing more than the vestigial limbs of this huge networking site, these types of groups can’t be created now but facebbok decided to keep the already existing one’s and upgraded new groups!! Groups and communities do serve an important purpose but facebook is losing its ground in moderating the basic motto of the groups, almost 9 out of the ten group invites or the page invites are meant to promote the products and if not they are useless with pointless information.
2> More people more problems
Cockroaches outnumber humans on earth, does this mean they are superior species??
The user base of twitter is intelligent if not useless which is unlike facebook, ask anyone and they have a facebook account, ask them the reason for it and you hear things like “friends, dating bla bla”
Facebook is static, just compare the timeline of your twitter account with the newsfeed of your facebook account!! There is essentially no growth on facebook, you remain limited with your interests and finding people with similar interests may make you a stalker at the end of the day!! If you want to be friends with someone you met at party, facebookis for you.
3> How close are relationships on facebook?
If you are wondering facebook scores in this area, you are wrong again. The relationships are not close on facebook they just seem to be closer because of the limited small facebook ecosystem. Everytime you work in facebook ecosystem you will come back to your home page where you find newsfeed filled with what your friends did and to keep relationships really close, facebook has a feature called as topnews which tells you breaking news about who ditched your friend and likes, in simple terms facebook just doesn’t let you expand. How many times has it happened that you access something on facebookand you have to leave facebook? Rarely no?
Facebook has killed web as well.
Compare this with twitter where all you have to do is to follow links and get out like free bird on the web, twitter lives upto its birdy image.
4> Simpler the better
Twitter finishes all your stories in just 140 characters which is quite unlike of facebook and other sites. Twitter hence is simpler and may even replace sms form of communication. If we are talking about simplicity we should talk it in technological sense:
Facebook upgrades are released after every two months, facebook keeps upgrading its things and features. Twitter just switched to its new form, twitter takes time to upgrade its features. Just give it a thought, Why are upgrades needed at all? It answers you why twitter is better.
5> No time waste on twitter:
There may be variety of things that facebook offers to its users including games, applications and quizzes, most of these are made by third parties and faceboo just hosts these and trades off the information of the users for its purposes. Follow the link: http://www.amaanbali.wordpress.com/
Conclusion:
Facebook Doesn’t Need to die for twitter And Twitter Doesn’t need to change just to attract crowd!! Period.

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If you have a glass eye, tap on it occasionally with your pen while talking to others.
Stomp on little plastic ketchup packets.
Reply to everything someone says with “that’s what you think?.”
Practice making SMS and modem noises.
Highlight irrelevant information in scientific papers and “cc” them to your friends and collegues.
Make beeping noises when a large person backs up.
Finish all your sentences with the words “in accordance with prophesy.”
Signal that a conversation is over by clamping your hands over your ears and grimacing.
Disassemble your pen and “accidentally” flip the ink cartridge across the room.
Holler random numbers while someone is counting.
Adjust the tint on your TV so that all the people are green, and insist to others that you “like it that way.”
Staple pages in the middle of the page.
Publicly investigate just how slowly you can make a croaking noise.
Honk and wave to strangers.
Decline to be seated at a restaurant, and simply eat their complimentary mints at the cash register.
TYPE IN UPPERCASE.
Type only in lowercase.
Don’t use any punctuation either.
Repeat the following conversation a dozen times.
“DO YOU HEAR THAT?”
“What?”
“Never mind, it’s gone now.”
As much as possible, skip rather than walk.
Ask people what gender they are.
While making presentations, occasionally bob your head like a parakeet.
Sit in your front side of your terrace pointing a hair dryer at passing cars to see if they slow down.
Sing along at the opera.
Go to a poetry recital and ask why each poem doesn’t rhyme.
Ask your co-workers mysterious questions and then scribble their answers in a notebook. Mutter something about “psychological profiles.”
You got any other interesting ways, you are welcome to share them up here!