I check Facebook first because I want to know what's happening with the people I have tangible connections with. I go to the washroom because it's a thing of nature. I check Twitter last because I use it was a connection to the news and media world.
I clearly have my priorities in check.
Facebook and Twitter have completely different functions depending on how and why you use them. My mom, for instance, uses Facebook to keep tabs with her family and friends. And to play Farmville. Now, if she owned a small business like a restaurant or catering company, and relied on Facebook for networking and business endeavors, then she'd use it completely differently.
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sends some damn funny tweets.
If I was in charge of public relations for a company, I would use Facebook and Twitter interchangeably. The base of knowledge that I'd want my publics to know would be available on the company website and Facebook page. Humans are visual creatures. They want to absorb photos, links, graphics, and bright lights.
Twitter needs to be used as a friendly, subtle, and intriguing gateway for people to visit your website and Facebook page. This is done best by casting away all the business and advertising jargon, and to just be real. A human element needs to be prevalent and authentic for Twitter--in a pr capacity--to be effective.
Now, not every company or brand adheres to this successful prototype I've outlined. The biggest violators are celebrities. Figures like Kanye West, LeBron James, and Desean Jackson (only to name a few) use Twitter as their own personal ego-boost service. I've analysed Twitter accounts like these and have found little evidence of even a hint of a two-way communication model.
Now, that's what I'm talking about. Twitter etiquette that will have people following for the right reasons.