For those of you out there using both Facebook and Twitter (and that includes plenty), I advise you to use each social media site to its fullest, just as they do.
I mean that you should use Facebook to "like" Twitter and use Twitter to "follow" Facebook. Each service has relied on spreading news of troubles on its sites by tapping into the other’s users.
Most Facebook users Thursday encountered an error message for more than two hours, so Facebook used its Twitter account to spread news about the outage.
On Monday Twitter encountered a quick-spreading virus, so some quick-thinking Twitter officials spread the word of the site’s troubles on its Facebook page.
Here’s a partial post from Tuesday by Twitter on Facebook:
"All about the "onMouseOver" incident
The short story: This morning at 2:54 am PDT Twitter was notified of a security exploit that surfaced about a half hour before that, and we immediately went to work on fixing it. By 7 a.m. PDT, the primary issue was solved …"
Here’s a pair of tweets from Facebook on Twitter concerning their outage Thursday:
"We apologize for today’s outage. Read technical details about how it happened and how we’ve been fixing it: http://ow.ly/2J5dA"
"We’ve resolved the tech issues that caused the site to be unavailable for some people. Everyone should now have access."
I enjoy both services and use them differently, just as I suspect most other users do. The microblog posts of 140-or-fewer characters of Twitter are perfect for following people, events and news highlights in several industries. The longer posts, easy photo-sharing and other features of Facebook are great for keeping in touch with family and friends. About a half-billion other people agree.
I’m not sure where I’d turn if both Facebook and Twitter were to fail simultaneously. MySpace?
Let’s hope it doesn’t happen.
Follow Facebook on Twitter: @Facebook
Twitter page on Facebook
Click the "Like" button when you get there. (You’ll need to be signed-in to your Facebook account before following this link.)