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MySpace Vs Facebook Vs Twitter

Which one is right for you and just what is Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace anyways?

To start, these are the top three social networking websites out there on the web today, with Facebook and Twitter quickly surpassing MySpace.

These free services focus on building online communities of people who share interests and/or activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others.

Many use these websites to reunite with old friends from childhood, highschool, college and so on. I myself have used Facebook to find one of my best friends that I had last seen when I was 9 years old.

Facebook is a popular, free-access social networking website where users can join networks organized by city, workplace, school, and region to connect and interact with other people.

MySpace is a social networking website with an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos for teenagers and adults internationally.

Twitter is the free, minimalist social networking service that allows users to write, send and post to the Internet short messages via devices ranging from phones to laptops via SMS (text).

My good friend @davepeckens (follow him on twitter) said it best when he made this analogy…

Facebook is more like going to a large family wedding or class reunion, while Twitter is like going to a large “conference on life” and mingling with the crowd to network.

I would like to add to that saying MySpace is analogous to wandering through the hallways of a highschool and befriending everyone you see, with a boombox on your shoulder with your “theme music” playing.

That’s really how it is.

See MySpace is ridiculously annoying with all the videos and music that the users add to their page. Sometimes the videos and music play all at once and make me wan to punch my computer screen. MySpace creators allow you just enough tools to enable you to make a really annoying webpage that would make even the noobish webdesigner cringe.

-UPDATE- Witness the insanity of what would happen if facebook would allow the craptasticness of myspace

http://theoatmeal.com/facespace

See more about why MySpace sucks here.

So which one is right for you?

Well if you are into internet marketing I would have to say Twitter is at the top.
If its old friends that you would like to seek out and friends that you know one a daily basis that you like to inform on what you are doing, Facebook is for you.
If you want an endless amount of spam messages, people you dont know asking to be your friend, having celebrities and porn stars as you friends, a hideous looking so called page, and if the amount of friends you have makes you feel like less of a loser, then MySpace is for you.

Please feel free to comment below.

15 comments ↓

#1 Chaz on 01.25.09 at 11:05 pm

Facebook “cons”:
There is a limit to networks you can join. Like Grenada’s closest location network is Tupelo or Memphis. And you have to be currently going to your high school to be in that Network. There isn’t a classes of the 90’S network for my high school, but needs to be. It would be nice to be able to group your “friends” by networks too.
MySpace has always been a site to play your fav music and videos that no one wants to hear.

#2 web promotion on 08.05.09 at 1:54 pm

Hi, Thank you for the nice post, before reading this post I was searching for the twitter importance where I got your site.
I was listening from many friends and also on internet that twitter is an emerging social networking site but when I open the website there looks nothing much special and I closed it but know I am going to create an account with it..
Thank you once again..

#3 ? on 08.24.09 at 2:08 pm

Facebook and Twitter are not hot to me.
There are things you can do on Myspace that you can’t do on Facebook, but not vice versa. As far as Twitter is concerned, why would I put my business out there like that? Why would I tweet people about my every move and where I am everyday?

#4 seizethepage on 08.24.09 at 9:37 pm

Twitter can be used for marketing reasons, not just to tell everyone whats up, but wouldnt it be nice if people stopped calling you all the time wonder whats going on when they could just read your facebook/twitter status????

#5 Blondyman1503 on 09.04.09 at 9:13 pm

u can go fuck off. MySpace is the best out there. twitter sux and is only statuses. Facebook is a bad copy of Myspace. all the aplacations from Facebook are from Myspace. MySpace lets you make YOUR OWN profile, not what they want it to be!

MySpace takes the cake!

#6 Sheeny on 09.18.09 at 1:23 pm

I agree. My Space – CRAP! Facebook – I don’t like it but i can see why people do. Twitter – Perfect for me. U feel like a star chating to Freddie Flintoff and seeing what Dean Windass has been up too.

#7 ducter on 09.20.09 at 10:39 am

Blondyman1503,

I think your post coincides with the authors point of view spectacturaly. I will be avoiding myspace, thanks.

#8 mister on 10.04.09 at 9:00 pm

twitter sucks and facebook is a bad copy of myspace plus myspace is easier and quicker

#9 panicpack121 on 11.27.09 at 8:00 pm

i fucking hate facebook, its a fucking retarded. It can’t let you do backgrounds, change network more than one time, and they rip of the status of MySpace and Twitter. Facebook copied off Twitter’s “real time”. MySpace has went downhill, but its a great site to post music, videos, and make your your own background image and status without doing stuff. Twitter is a site where you two questions: What are you doing? and What’s happening. Twitter has been used for news, business, personal, and randomness. But Twitter has a microblogging sense and social networking mixed. With a character limit of 140. Both MySpace & Twitter lets you have backgrounds. Facebook you need a third party to do that or a AP to do so. I heard that Twitter is getting photo albums, music and videos. But I think that is a rumor. I don’t know. Overall. MySpace & Twitter are pretty cool. Facebook is boring, but it lets you connect with your friends and family.

#10 austin on 11.27.09 at 10:30 pm

wow blondyman you are retarded because facebook had the apps before myspace did and for that myspace actually copied facebook. but im a fan of them both soo

#11 Dave Peckens on 01.12.10 at 10:26 am

Thanks again for mentioning me in this post. I still find Twitter to be the most organic. Facebook, to me, has become an address book and event planner. What is MySpace? Seriously, unless you’re a musician with music to share why would you ever use MySpace?

#12 Micah on 02.28.10 at 1:49 pm

facebook rox! myspace sucks! and twitter is ok! FACEBOOK IS DEFINENTLY THE BEST!

#13 Juan on 04.15.10 at 5:48 pm

FACEBOOK AND TWITTER SUCKS MYSPACE COOLER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#14 Sammy on 04.23.10 at 7:20 pm

well ur just hating on myspace i dont see what is twitter and facebook come on it looks like a website for kids.

#15 MEGAMIND on 02.20.11 at 12:15 pm

What is Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter? Facebook is a popular, free-access social networking website where users can join networks organized by city, workplace, school, and region to connect and interact with other people.

MySpace is a social networking website with an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos for teenagers and adults internationally.

Twitter is the free, minimalist social networking service that allows users to write, send and post to the Internet short messages via devices ranging from phones to laptops via SMS (text).

How do the Three Social Networks Differ?
To start, these are the top three social networking websites out there on the web today. These free services focus on building online communities of people who share interests and/or activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others. Many use these websites to reunite with old friends from childhood, highschool, college and so on.

The 3 social networks are similar, yet different. If we say that Facebook is more like going to a large family wedding or class reunion, while Twitter is like going to a large “conference on life” and mingling with the crowd to network. Then, MySpace is like to wander through the hallways of a highschool and befriending everyone you see, with a boombox on your shoulder with your “theme music” playing.

Then, many people would put forward such a question that which one is the best among the three? To be more helpful, Qweas editors list the Pros and Cons of Twitter, Facebook and Myspacefor as your references:

Twitter is simple and easy to use with no flashing ads or any ads at all! It implies a simple question and yet the answer is so diverse! You could be mowing the lawn or fixing your website!

Twitter Pros
■ Easy to navigate and update, link to and promote anything
■ Reach far beyond your inner circle of friends
■ One feed pools all users; anyone can follow anyone else unless blocked
■ Pure communication tool, rapid responsiveness
■ You don’t have to be logged in to get updates; you can just use an RSS reader
■ Very interactive, extensible messaging platform with open APIs
■ Many other applications being developed (Twitterific, Summize, Twhirl, etc.)
■ Potential SMS text messaging revenue from wireless networks (although Twitter states they are not currently getting any cut)
■ Potential future advertising and/or enterprise subscription-based revenue streams
■ With its “thin” overhead, Twitter is probably more scalable than Facebook, giving it a cost advantage

Twitter Cons
■ Limited functionality; find people, send brief messages, direct replies
■ Limited to 140 characters per update
■ Not all people find it immediately useful
■ Over-emphasis on follower counts
■ Easily abused for spam and increasing the noise level
■ Relatively smaller installed user base
■ As yet no readily apparent monetization strategy

Facebook is like the complicated version of twitter. It also has many extra features. You can become fans of certain groups such as Coke and Pepsi. You can also join groups or clubs such as a group that was recently started called the battle of the sexes where the first group-boys or girls are to get to 5 million members. It exploded in popularity almost instantly which is the power of facebook! It also has very few ads that fit in well. They don’t flash like crazy in a desperate big to get your attention.

Facebook Pros
■ Application mashup; find people, make connections, email, instant messaging, image/video sharing, etc.
■ Most people can quickly grasp the value of connecting with friends, family and established contacts; some people report they use Facebook instead of email and IM
■ More emphasis on deep connections with others vs. who has the most connections
■“True Friends” feature increases your transparency to selected connections; almost like having private and public profiles
■ Huge, rapidly growing installed user base
■ Inherit stickiness, third party applications, “gift giving” and personal data collection make Facebook a powerful advertising platform
Facebook Cons
■ More difficult to navigate and update
■ Requires investment of time to realize sustained benefit
■ Opt in model requires a user to allow others to connect
■ Less immediate responses; unless you stay logged on continually
■ Overhead of mashup and “thick” applications could limit scalability, bloat cost structure

Myspace allows its members to edit the CSS as you end up with loads of accounts that all have these flashing ads, glitter text and all that stuff dumped onto a page. You also get a lot of members who put their (bad spelling) writing in black onto a very dark wallpaper. You can’t even read it properly and that is what really bugs me. The Ads are in every corner on the sad people’s profiles that look cheap and tacky. MySpace lands where it belongs.

Myspace Pros
■ Myspace has a great user interface. It is user friendly, open for changes and also allows for great creativity.
■ Myspace has great entertainment options. They allow for videos, music, games and pictures galore.
■ Myspace is one of the most widely used online communities. If you are looking for friends, dating, or a great way to communicate with family, this is the way to go. Most everyone who has email has Myspace.

Myspace Cons
■ Myspace has lower security than other online communities
■ Myspace has a wide variety of users; this increases the chance of meeting distasteful people.
■ There are some problems with programming when transferring the layouts and generated data if any is left out.
■ There are some slow times when loading high graphic pages.
■ Some music, files, etc. have a hard time running through Myspace

So Which One is the Best Social Network?
After reading the above passages, do you have your own conclusion of the three social networks? While zealots will immediately point to Twitter or Facebook or Myspace as being superior, the truth is that each has its advantages and disadvantages and will tend to appeal more to different types of people and for different reasons. Each can have great or little value to anyone; it really depends on what you are trying to accomplish in a given situation.
The Future of Social Networking

In the end, Facebook, Twitter and Myspace are simply communication tools; all will continue to evolve and morph as users find new ways to extract value and either network may or may become a long term winner in the rapidly evolving social networking space. Ultimately, the fact remains to be seen whether either application has a profitable, scalable and sustainable business model or whether the exit strategy is simply to be acquired.

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