Facebook was pretty busy last week as they released their new Facebook Lite version of their platform and also announced a new feature that includes @mentions within your status updates. Though big releases, the main conversations I’ve seen revolved around Facebook’s mimicking of Twitter.
Now, there are similarities and no-doubt Facebook copied the @mentions feature from Twitter, but these comparisons have lead me into a reoccurring thought about the Facebook experience and how Twitter has changed it for me.
To put things into perspective, Twitter has typically been a place where we (bubble-dwellers) connect with a community of smart industry professionals from across the world. It’s free-flowing, quick, and concise – but yet gives us the ability to create strong relationships with people that we learn and grow from every day. On the flip – Facebook, for me, has always been more of a personal avenue where I could let loose a bit more and share different types of ideas, media & thoughts with my friends – but without that professional ‘feel’ that Twitter brings about.
Twitter vs. Facebook Voice
With the evolution of these communities and how we network & connect with one another online, I’ve slowly opened up my Facebook network to SM/PR pros that I’ve gotten to know fairly well on Twitter – this, after years of connections with just close friends from college and otherwise. I understand these platforms are what we make of them, but the experience for me has been tricky as far as the content I publish there and the ‘voice’ people hear.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m myself every time I step foot in this e-world, but let’s not fool ourselves to think that certain communities of friends don’t react differently depending on what you talk about – that’s the voice I’m talking about. So, where is that fine line between your professional/career-oriented voice vs. let-loose/happy-hour voice?
Can’t Please Everyone
I’ve been a lot more active on Facebook in the past month and have seen these differences in engagement between the various ‘mini-niches’ of friends. My close hometown friends don’t care to comment on Mashable articles, while my friends from Twitter typically don’t comment on more personal posts that grabs the attention of close friends & family – and I’m OK with that. I’ve come to realize that I won’t be able to please or engage everyone with every update or post.
What it really comes down to is who you’re comfortable with adding. Some people feel that Facebook is a friends-only affair (which I can relate to), while others have opened the dam and let a rush of people in, all the way to their 5,000 friend-limit.
Personally, I want to know you and have built a relationship with you to where I’m comfortable with emailing or giving you a ring. I guess my fine-line is somewhere between personal-only and dam-breaker.
What’s Your Experience?
What’s your thought on how these networks intermingle in today’s open-book online world? Has your Facebook experience changed as Twitter and our communities continue to evolve? Let’s hear it.