Both are good, but one is better.
Since my friends and colleagues are no doubt sick of hearing me yap about the subject, I’ll try to get it out of my system with this post. Here are a few reasons I like Twitter better than Facebook:
Twitter updates are generally positive, meaningful, and substantive. Facebook status updates are often negative, shallow, and narcissistic.
Twitter puts my finger on the pulse of the internet. Facebook puts my finger on the pulse of a closed group.
Twitter encourages creative expression of thought. Facebook encourages expression by proxy (via quizzes, groups, pages, games, etc.).
Twitter is about reaching out. Facebook is about looking in.
Twitter provides real-time updates on any subject. Facebook provides real-time updates of my friends’ achievements in Farmville and Mafia Wars.
Twitter is flexible. Facebook is constrained.
Twitter’s web interface has a single, unobtrusive text ad. Facebook’s interface has multiple, distracting image ads.
Twitter’s settings are straightforward. Facebook’s settings are complicated.
Twitter doesn’t push groups and pages on me after I’ve dismissed them countless times.
Twitter’s interface is quick and simple. Facebook’s interface is sludgy and complex.
Facebook is buggy. Twitter is less buggy.
Twitter doesn’t ever suggest I become friends with a total stranger.
Twitter is a communication medium. Facebook doesn’t know what it is.
Just my opinion, of course. For a more intelligent discussion of the topic check out this article at TwiTip. The truth is I think both Twitter and Facebook are amazing platforms, and they serve very different functions. I will likely continue using both for the foreseeable future.
Jaiku‘s better than either of ’em anyway. 😉