Twitter: The Modern Day Autograph
Twitter has the kind of multigenerational staying power that makes its forthcoming IPO a better long-term bet than Facebook (FB) . And I believe in the power, the glory, the magic and the ministry of the hoodie.
Twitter connects and stimulates people in so many more ways than Facebook.
I was thinking about it last night.
Recently, my daughter started doing something old school.
She writes letters to the snail mail addresses of the pop band One Direction and the cast of kids' television shows such as iCarly and A.N.T. Farm asking for autographs.
When I was her age back in the 1980s, I did the same thing. I'll never forget receiving signed 8 x 10s in the mail from former New York Giants stars Mark Bavaro and Joe Morris.
It was so cool. You send the letter. You lose all hope and forget about it. And then, out of nowhere, maybe nine months later, your request shows up in the mail. I think that happened to me with Rick Springfield.
For a second, I wondered why my tech-savvy kid is doing this. It seems so 1984. She's not posing next to a Born in the USA album cover like I was back in the day. She's an iTunes and Pandora (P) girl.
I'm happy about it. I appreciate that the way things used to get done still hold some attraction.
But, on the other hand, my kid doesn't have a Twitter account, though we "allow" her to have a Facebook. We're not keeping her from Twitter, she just hasn't asked.
While she knows all about Twitter, I don't think she quite grasps its potential value in her life. That's partially my fault because I have positioned it as "the newspaper" and my source for all things stock market and hockey. That's enough to turn any "One Directioner" off.
You just cannot do on Facebook what you can do on Twitter.
Twitter does a much better job achieving Mark Zuckerberg's stated mission of connecting the world. And as amazing as Twitter founder Jack Dorsey is, I bet that part happened by accident.
I'm not sure Dorsey could have even predicted what Twitter has become.
Don't get me wrong. Facebook has enriched my life. I use it daily. I like it. It works for me. I don't plan on leaving anytime soon. Once you customize it to your tastes, it's a lot less annoying.
That said, you're still limited in many ways. So much of what happens on Facebook revolves around your old high school friends and such -- people who still think Ronald Reagan is president or never shared a seat on the subway with a gay person.