Social Media Networking sites have been exploding ever since the advent of Myspace in August of 2003. In a scant 6 months later, Facebook launched and seemed to take control of the popular vote overnight. Hence, the beginning of the Social Wars. Twitter showed up on the scene 2 years after Facebook. Let the best man…or Social Network…win.
Facts and Opinions Focused on Facebook
Myspace isn’t even remotely in the running of this battle, regardless of its new high profile owners. The conflict is now squarely between Facebook and Twitter. To be honest, Facebook had the leg up on Twitter starting 2 years earlier, but at it’s current membership roster it’s difficult to see how Twitter could possibly make up the gap. It took merely 3.5 years for Facebook to grow upwards of 800 million members. With that mind boggling upwards growth, there is just no way that Twitter could keep up. In October 2012, Facebook reached over 1 billion members, with earnings higher than that not so paltry number, bringing to mind the possibility of Mark Zuckerberg recreating Dr. Evil’s plot to extort the world with his 100 billion dollar demand. Facebook has worldwide appeal. The only place it is currently banned is in the world’s most populous country, China. If China were to release its hold, it’s 22% of the world’s Internet users would be at Facebook’s beck and call. There is just no doubt about it, with its member personalization, numerous applications, constant updating and modernization, Facebook has a foothold on Social Networking. It took merely 3.5 years for Facebook to grow upwards of 800 million members.
Facts and Opinions on Twitter
Twitter has had some incredible numbers by itself, racking up 200 million active members in December 2012. The last time it had released its numbers was in March of the same year meaning a 60 million member growth. Not too shabby. Unfortunately that’s not even remotely the expansion pace of Facebook. It’s kept alive and growing due to the 2 Social Networking Sites vastly different features. Where it’s competing is of course in what features they share. Those who research such topics conjecture that it will take Twitter a decade to reach the 1 billion member mark, however during that time with Facebook’s extraordinarily rapid rise, it could triple that number. It’s not to say that Twitter isn’t trying. They supposedly valiantly tried to win the purchase of the photo sharing sensation Instragram but unfortunately were heavily outbid by its direct competitor. Where Twitter firmly has the market is in its mobile advertising. It nearly doubled the 2012 earnings of Facebook as far as mobile advertisement revenues are concerned. That said, Facebook did just roll out its mobile ads in 2012 so the sky is truly the limit.
Both of these prodigious Social Media sites are ever popular with no end in sight. Unfortunately, if there was a flat out winner declared in Facebook VS Twitter: Who will win the Social Wars, the answer would be the F bomb. That’s right, Facebook. We wish you the best of luck Twitter. Until next time!