Facebook and Twitter, Similar But Not Same


Over the weekend a news story caught my eye that dealt with Facebook increasing working memory and thus intelligence. In the same news story, the researcher also pointed out that Twitter is bad because it is information overload. Dr. Alloway, a Psychologist who conducted the research at University of Stirling in Scotland concluded that on Twitter

“Your attention span is being reduced and you’re not engaging your brain and improving nerve connections.”

Twitter Though I partly agree with that observation, I also have to point out here that he includes Twitter in the category of YouTube where you are sometimes browsing meaningless but amusing videos and not retaining anything.

Twitter is information overload because it is the new kid on the block. Twitter has come along way from being termed as plain “stupid” to being a tool of choice these days for most people who engage in meaningful conversation and stay aware.

It is too early for any researcher to be comparing Twitter and Facebook. It’s like comparing apples and oranges. Facebook is social networking and Twitter is micro-blogging, two different fish that look similar on the outside.


  1. Darine September 21, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    I was totally enraged by this researchers hasty analysis… Twitter presents a platform for thoughts sharing… If that is not engaging enough, I do not think he understands the concept behind it…

    Let us start with this: Does he have his own Twitter profile? How Many Friends/Followers does he have? What does he tweet about?

  2. Zahid Lilani September 22, 2009 at 11:56 am

    No profile on Twitter of course. If SHE had one, she would know what Twitter actually is.


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