Sparked by Adriel Hampton who suggests numerous ways to promote online content, I started thinking about status updates. You know what a status update is, right?
It’s really no different than your response when your mother asked about your day at school.
“It was fine, Mom!”
“Fine? What does that mean?”
And you dished.
In that vein, though matured over the years, here’s a snapshot of updates from 555 friends on Facebook:
All of the above entries are by people I am personally connected to, else I wouldn’t see their updates. Notice how some people added comments, noted by indents. There are many reasons why I don’t like how Facebook updates operate; one of which is because I can’t see my friends’ friends’ updates.
On the tweeting side, I can visit the Twitter public timeline and view everyone’s updates, whether or not (sometimes with good reason) I am connected to them.
Here’s a taste of some of the 1,445 Twitter people I am following:
There are no indents there, but people can still add comments in the form of @replies. (Speaking of which, here’s my popular article why I think the @replies feature is in need of an overhaul.)
MySpace, anyone? Snippets from my 47 friends remaining on that social network, and where you can see commenting or replying is not an option:
Of Facebook, Twitter, or MySpace, which status updates do you like best? You can respond according to user interface layout, ability to reply, perky or insightful content, someone’s name or picture you know, or anything else.