My dear old friend Twitter, I feel I owe you an explanation and an apology!
You had noticed that I hadn’t been seeing as much of you these last couple of weeks and I have to admit that the reason is that my head has been turned by that new Google girl who just moved in down the road. I realise now that I have been spending far too much time with her and neglecting you.
She undoubtedly has considerable charms, which attracted me to her in the first place and while I can’t give her up completely, I wanted you to know that you will always remain very dear to me and that you will be seeing more of me again in the future.
I was lucky enough to be one of early adopters of Google+ and I have to say that I immediately found it easy to use and a comfortable place to be. However, as you will gather from the apology, although my time has been dominated by the new toy, I have come to realise that my old friend Twitter must remain as an integral part of my social media strategy.
In fact I think the two can work well together as their diverse personalities and features offer different ways to communicate and network. Here are my reasons why I think Twitter still has a lot to offer, why they might make a good fit and indeed how they might actually complement each other.
1. Twitter has been really good to me and has allowed me to build an amazing community and I would be a fool to turn my back on that.
2. Not everyone in that community will like and use Google+ and there would be a real danger of losing touch with some people who I value.
3. Twitter is more firmly embedded with all the other social media platforms and is such an easy medium to use to share material direct from the content. I know that Google+ will develop in the same way over time but I do think I will still be using both for the other reasons I have described.
4. I am connecting with new people on Google+ who I might never have found on Twitter and by cross-pollinating them across both platforms that can make my community even stronger.
5. Twitter provides a different, snappier, short form of communicating and avoids the annoying repetition of having to see gif posts shared multiple times in the Google+ stream.
6. Google+ allows me to share in a different way, which means that more of the content is visible up front, which can be more beneficial with certain content, for instance something more visual appeal.
7. On the other hand Twitter retains the mystery of wondering what is on the end of that link with an interesting description (remember to be careful what you click though!)
8. Organised use of #Hashtags, Circles and Sparks can allow me to monitor and share good quality content and make connections with new people across the social media spectrum.
9. I have more potential content for the blog, which will appeal to either or both communities adding to the ‘cross-pollination’ effect. For instance my 10 Practical Google+ Tips for New Users post has been popular on Twitter and in future I can do both Top Twitter People and Top Google+ People compilations
10. They are both fun places to be and after all – variety is the spice of life!
You may wonder why I am not including Facebook in this analysis. Well although I do have a presence there I have never found it any easy place to interact so Twitter, where I do feel really at home provides a better comparison for me, maybe the Facebook/G+ discussion is one for another day!
So what do you think? Will you still be using Twitter as well as Google+ and do you think they can compliment each other in the ways I have suggested, please do let me know what you think.
About the author:
Tony Hastings is the man behindThe Top 10 Blog, where you’ll find Top Twitter People lists, guest articles on a myriad of topics, interview, social media and expert series and a great deal more. Want more? Connect with him on Twitter and Facebook and Google+.
First image made by me.