It’s been coming for a while now but today I have to admit it. I spend more time on Twitter and less on Facebook. And I am using both now as much on the mobile as I am on PC. The Facebook mobile application is excellent on the BlackBerry and I am uploading photos pretty much every day to the mobile site (the video application is good too). And because Twitter is so wonderfully spare in design, it’s mobile site is fantastically fast and, of course, you can still text updates. So why more on Twitter and less on Facebook?

  • Facebook applications and, in effect, spam are a pain. Enough said on this
  • I am beginning to tire of seeing holiday photos…it was fun to start with but let’s face it, most of us are lousy photographers and boredom is beating prurience
  • It’s now irritating when at my PC to go from outlook into Facebook to read emails. I am trying to get contacts back to the old fashioned email which was not really broken
  • Twitter is so minimal, clean and functional
  • People write better when they are restricted on word-count. In journalist training I was taught that my opening para’ should lead on the issue, be no more than 24 words and cover the who, what, where when and why of the story. Restriction and structure bizarrely brings out the best in human creativity and some tweets I’ve seen carry a hell of a lot of info and subtext in 140 characters. It can be haiku for the digital age . . . I am making a note now to collect good examples
  • And most stuff is just not worth more than 140 characters . . let’s get over ourselves. Some people like Stephen Fry can write monster posts because they are great writers. Most of us are not.
  • Facebook asks politely for your status update…how passive, whereas Twitter demands to know what you are doing; and so we seem to respond so much more actively to the bully
  • People are doing fun things with it . . we’ve used Twitter walls twice now at Edelman meetings and they are a brilliant (and sometimes subversive) footnote to whatever the main event is. Jeff Jarvis’ Twitcrit is another brilliant example
  • I think I will still use Facebook and the photo and video sharing remain great, but the love-affair is over

I am sure there are more reasons, but there’s my start. Am I odd in this transition? By the way, here’s my post from April last year in which I cast considerable doubt on Twitter’s attractions so what the hell do I know about anything?

PS: Just saw this post from Denis Howlett with a much more enterprise view of these things. Top read.

[tags] Twitter, Facebook [/tags]