But now it’s just a bigger and more tangled mess, and no more so than on the default view when you log in: the News Feed.
I feel that there’s very little rhyme or reason to this view. Here you have a jumble of status updates, comments, fan-mentions, sponsor surveys, app notices, friend notices, et cetera. Is it chronological? At first it may appear that way, but over the course of any given day I begin to notice certain items jumbling, disappearing, reappearing, moving further up or down the list, and who knows what else. It’s fairly often that I see something posted early in the week suddenly appear underneath a status message posted two hours ago even though there are more recent items below.
There. I’ve released a little bit of steam over this still-almost-entirely-a-waste-of-my-time website. Yeah yeah yeah, I’m still on Facebook. Maybe in another year I’ll look at it the way I look at my cell phone – just another “necessary” communication tool. But for now it feels like using cough syrup; you feel like it could be helpful, but it’s disgusting all the way down.
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Twitter is just status updates. How is that better? And that’s not a rhetorical question. What makes you like Twitter better?
@Mugs: Twitter’s core functionality is short broadcast messages, but it’s usefulness to me is really the gestalt of who I’m following and what they say. I know that sort of thing differs from user to user, but for me as a user, I’ve found entertainment, advice, quick answers, etc. from Twitter in the form of links, off-hand comments, and direct messages.I know you could have the exact same stuff on Facebook if you fine-tuned what you saw in the news feed, but people I know don’t seem to use it that way.A fair number of tech blogs/news outlets/etc. have referred to Twitter as “microblogging” – I kinda hate that term, but I don’t think it’s inaccurate. I follow a lot of the folks whose blogs I read regularly, and I feel like it’s often supplementary to their blog content.The folks I’m friends with on Facebook mostly just post 1 or 2 status updates a day and otherwise pass apps and notes back and forth at each other like FW: emails.Your mileage, I’m sure, may vary.
You’re so elite!!