The Difference between Twitter and Facebook is …

January 12, 2020 at 12:27 pm (By Amba) ()

I can use Twitter without feeling like it’s using me.

Tell me if I’m being naïve.

Twitter can be vicious but since almost nobody reads me there, I can (so far) sound off without being trolled. I only get gently twitted by a few conservative friends.

Anyway, Facebook is space and Twitter is time. Facebook is a place where things sit and stagnate, waiting for attention. Twitter is a fast-moving, unsentimental stream that washes away whatever you say before it can attract flies. It’s the Snapchat of mental life. For posting links to blog posts and what poet Donald Hall called “String Too Short to be Saved” (a hoarder in his village actually kept a box with that label), it’s OK.


  1. tom strong said,

    It’s pretty much the opposite for me – I have been on the verge of permanently deleting my Twitter account for months now. I find it much more addictive than FB but also much more despair-inducing. And the very basic blandness of FB makes it easier for me to just say what’s on my mind there.

  2. amba12 said,

    Interesting. I get the despair part, but because it is so much LESS addictive for me, when it starts getting skanky I just leave.

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