If Facebook is vanilla ice cream, then Twitter is IPA beer

Jay Baer’s story Is Twitter Massively Overrated? put it in a way that finally made sense for me.  If Facebook is vanilla ice cream, then Twitter is IPA beer. Of course I had heard the statistics Jay mentions but I hadn’t been able to put my finger on what the meaning was.  Certainly Facebook has the eyeballs, but I don’t think it has the “juice“.

Twitter is for content; Facebook is for deep connections

Personally, I’m not a fan of huge fan of Facebook or vanilla ice cream.  I don’t feel I learn anything new or interesting on Facebook, it’s a mentally bland experience.  On the contrary, at least once a day I see something awesome on Twitter (like this).

Jay’s take-aways were the following:

  1. Do more on Facebook – I don’t think I’ll do that.  I check my Facebook feed a couple times a day to catch up with friends and family, but I don’t use it as a public platform.  And I struggle to understand why others do.
  2. Use Facebook for B2B – I still feel Facebook is “friends and family”.   I don’t think B2B buyers want to connect with your business on Facebook.  The exception is if there is some component of your offer that touches people in a very personal way.
  3. Use Twitter in a targeted fashion – Makes sense.  Twitterati tend to be hyper-social, super-connected and very aware of outreach.  Hitting the right people on Twitter can generate a lot of positive momentum.

Know your audience

My take away was “know your audience”.  Where are your customers?  What content would they value most? (and in what context)

If you’re B2C you know you need to understand how to leverage Facebook.  If you’re B2B, Facebook is a much less clear.  LinkedIn and Twitter may also be key networks in your social strategy.