When it comes to social networking, Facebook and Twitter stand as titans among all others. The two networks have a number of differences that give them distinct user experiences and making them ideal for different situations. Even so, the two share a number of similarities that make choosing one experience over the other a matter of details.
Both Facebook and Twitter are social networking services, designed to enable users from across the globe to connect and interact. Users construct a profile that describes in brief who they are and what interests them, and then proceed to connect with friends, family and others. Both are also completely Internet-based, using websites and mobile apps as their access points.
Following Friends & Celebrities
On both Facebook and Twitter, you can follow other people and keep up-to-date on their posts and updates. In many cases, these are friends, family or acquaintances whose posts are personally interesting or engaging. Both services also give you the ability to also follow celebrities and see their own posts on various topics, giving followers additional insights into their favorite stars.
Both Twitter and Facebook present new posts and updates in a "news feed." These feeds organize new posts based on relevance or time of posting, and keep followers abreast of new developments with their friends. As new stories accumulate, old ones are pushed further down the line.
Both Facebook and Twitter also support uploading various media as a post. Both Twitter and Facebook enable you to add a photo, website URL or video to your posts for followers to view. The main difference is how Twitter presents URLs: while both have previews for images and videos, Twitter only posts the actual link to a website instead of a small preview and thumbnail of the destination address.
Facebook and Twitter share a few other similarities. Both suggest potential material or individuals to like, friend or follow based on what's currently trending and what your followers and followed people have liked. They both also enable you to send direct, private messages to other users without revealing the contents of the message to the general public.