I am active on both Twitter and Facebook. Yesterday my friend Jon Wolfert added this note below a photo I’d posted:
I think this is why I’ve tried to limit my Facebook friends to real friends. When you are Facebook friendly with 3,000 or 4,000 people (Yes–I work with someone who has 4,000 friends on Facebook!) how do you see anything but noise. My 300 is more than optimum. Facebook allows you to secretly silence some… and I have, though not yet enough.
I’ve about had it with the “Top-5” and other lists on Facebook. I’m with Jon on that.
The discourse on Twitter, though limited to 140 characters at a time, is much smarter than what I read on Facebook. Maybe it’s because the people I read on Twitter don’t have to approve of me! Seriously–I mean that.
Recently both services have seen the amount of spam or other miscreant content rise rapidly. This morning a Facebook friend ‘s account was hacked and everyone on her list got an email sending them to a site which asks you to download a Flash plug-in which is really a trojan!
With Twitter its emails from people following you who turn out to have nothing but a URL for a spammy product on their profile page.
Speakng of Twitter, I am often followed and have no idea why! Is it OK to ask what they see in me… in 140 characters?