The Status War

The Status War

A trend happening in the social space a lot these days is the use of your latest post to Twitter to be used as your Facebook status, and nothing could be driving me crazier.  Why is this happening? Are people really that lazy? Not understanding the difference between the mediums? People really enjoy bad grammar? I have no idea what the answer is, but I’m here to beg and plead for this little trend to stop, now.

As the use of Twitter has grown by leaps and bounds in the few years it has been alive, the definition of the service has grown along with it. In the beginning, it truly was about “what you are doing?”. Now, it’s more like “what conversation are you having?”. As we amass followers, many who live in the same city as we do, hang out in the same social circles, and work in the same industry, conversations begin to take place within Twitter. The conversation that you’re having in Twitter with fellow PubCon attendees really doesn’t have anything to do with what’s going on with you, the singular entity. So why would you send your latest tweet to Facebook?

Chances are that a good majority of the people you are following on Twitter are also your friends on Facebook, so why would you want to give them duplicate content? As we immerse ourselves further and further into the social space, the chatter gets louder and more intense. So when I see your eight tweets in a row about how awesome Jack Bauer is, do I really want to roll over to Facebook and see the same thing? And in really poor grammatical form as well? Not so much. So why would you send your latest tweet to Facebook?

Do you see a pattern forming here? Help us all out and take that little plugin right out of Facebook and draw a line in the sand between the two mediums. Because, seriously, Alison Groves is tired of reading your duplicate content.

  • sean smith

    I think that’s a really good idea…thank!


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  • Casey

    I wrote about this a couple months ago and came to the same conclusion. Although, posting Facebook updates to Twitter make more sense. At least to me.

  • pratt

    I couldn’t agree more, Alison. When I experimented with the plugin about a year ago, I received dozens of complaints from my Facebook friends begging me to turn it off!

    I think it is especially true for very active Twitter users. No one on Facebook is going to be able to keep up with your conversation anyway, so why subject them to your spam?

  • Nathan Moore

    In my experience, most of the people that follow me on Twitter are also my friend on Facebook, true. However, not everyone that I am friends with on Facebook is on Twitter, or even knows what Twitter is. So, there is a skewed correlation.

    This is why many people, including myself, choose to push Twitter updates to Facebook. It is a result of efficiency, not an attempt to overwhelm a contact with multiple updates.

    Also, people use Twitter in different ways. Sometimes, Twitter updates that are out of the context of the Twitter platform are just noise, agreed. However, not everyone uses Twitter to frequently carry on micro-conversations with other tweeters.

    The great thing about social media is that you are in control and can always unfollow or unfriend someone on select services so you are not a victim of multiple updates.