Today social media is used for several reasons such as building brands, solidifying relationships and interacting with others. However, one of the benefits of using social media is that it connects people on various levels, as is used by millions of people each day. Regardless of the reasons people choose to use social media, it is always there to relay a message. Below are three ways in which the social media outlets Twitter and Facebook allow users to connect, reconnect and simply interact with one another.
This concept works with both Facebook and Twitter. Facebook allows you to choose who you accept or request as a friend. This makes it is easy to connect only with the people you choose. You can even delete friends once you have accepted requests if you find yourself uninterested in a person’s page. Twitter works in a similar way. You get to choose who you want to follow on Twitter, therefore only the tweets of your favorite people and topics are in your feed. You can also set your preferences to require people to request to follow you rather than accepting all followers automatically. This makes it so you don’t have unknown people seeing your tweets. Bottom line: You can choose your friends!
Twitter allows you to interact with others in 140 characters or less. This makes it very simple for you to send out a quick tweet to a friend and get an equally short and fast message back. Facebook works in a similar fashion, however it allows for longer messages. You can write on a person’s timeline or message them directly via Facebook chat. Facebook chat is the quickest form of messaging, as you can see when a person is online or offline making it easier to get in contact. Bottom line: No need for lengthy messages!
Facebook allows you to stay connected with people at your own risk. After you accept or get a confirmed friend request you can set your page privacy levels so that certain people can see more information about you than others. Additionally, you can engage with certain friends more than others. The relationship can be as large or as small as you desire. On Twitter your relationship can be as simple as following someone or it can consist of tweeting at each other or re-tweeting. Bottom line: Put in as much effort as you would like!
Facebook and Twitter lead the way for social media outlets in terms of interacting with fellow users. Although they each provide a unique communication appeal to users, they both offer different resources in order for users to stay connected. Their constant and efficient use of messaging will continue to develop as the world of social media expands.
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