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Facebook vs. Twitter: The Plot Thickens....

Authored by: Steven Blum — Sep 26, 2011

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've likely noticed a few changes to Facebook in the past week or so. In the corner of your screen, a live, constantly-updating feed is now running which shows you which one of your friends just tagged themselves in a picture, which just made a new friend and which just ate a sandwich. 

The new feature – called the "Ticker" – seems to be taking a cue from Twitter: after all, Twitter is also a constantly updating thread of everyone you're following and everything they're doing. The feature even seems to be seeking to replace the site: after all, if your Facebook page contains a Twitter-like feed, what's the point in having a Twitter account?

But there's a twist: while Twitter shares things folks intend to share, Facebook's shares everything.

To me, the new Ticker feature on Facebook is kind of like having a blabby friend who has nothing of actual substance to say. Everything is now suddenly news; from the photos your friends just tagged to what films they just "liked." It's unbelievably inane.

While Twitter offers users a challenge – see how much pith you can fit into 140 characters – Facebook's new Ticker seems more like a Big Brother type character who's watching over the entire Facebook network. It's a bit creepy, and not really so interesting.

I don't know about you, but I'd rather read what my friends choose to share – not the minutiae Facebook deems worthy of sharing.

However, I do consider Facebook's Timeline feature – obviously a total Tumblr steal as far as layout is concerned – to be a huge success. 

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Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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  • Trisha Friedman Sep 26, 2011 Link to comment

    Sorry Im going to have to say it.... give me my old facebook back! There. Done.

  • Tyler Morrisson Sep 26, 2011 Link to comment

    I don't really mind the changes all that much but I can see how they would be anoying for some. Though the one thing I can really due without are the 1000s of posts in Facebook about changing it back to what it used to be. Its a free service people and beggers can't be choosers. If you don't like it then go to Google+, they maybe they might actually have some people for a change.