- i am happy.
- *How I view Twitter, Facebook and Google+.*
Some of my friends in the tech press have got that Google+ fever, and are
running wild with it. But others don't get it. They come to Google+, look
around and wonder what all the fuss is about.
Most of these friends really like Twitter, or really get Facebook. So by
way of analogy, I'd like to share with them (and you) how I view Twitter,
Facebook and Google+.
Here's the analogy:
*Twitter is Penn Station.*
If you're using social media for content discovery (and who isn't these
days), you will find very little of that content on Twitter itself. Nearly
all the content you get from Twitter is through links on Twitter to content
In that sense, Twitter is a hub for people coming from one place and headed
to some other place.
Yes, there is some content on Twitter, just as there is "content" at Penn
Station (restaurants, Madison Square Garden, etc.), but it's lightweight
content designed for people in a hurry.
Like Penn Station, Twitter is useful, valuable and necessary, but mostly as
a conveyer of minds from one place that isn't Twitter to another place that
*Facebook is Long Island.*
Unlike Twitter, Facebook is a destination or a place to "live." There's
massive content there -- all the content some people really need.
Like Long Island, Facebook is a great place to live if you want to spend
your time with family and friends.
And like Long Island, Facebook is an island.
It's not a walled garden anymore. There are no physical walls or barriers
that prevent people from posting publicly and sharing the links to those
individual posts, but hardly anyone does that. Most of the content on
Facebook is either personal content for family and friends, or it's
Twitter-like links to outside content. Hardly anybody blogs on Facebook,
Facebook is not about Big Ideas. It's about little league games, drinks
with friends, backyard barbecues and cultivating relationships with family
and old friends.
If you grew up on Long Island, it doesn't matter that the Island doesn't
have the best restaurants in the world, the best theater, the best
night-clubs or that Long Island isn't the best place in the world to
publish something. It's where your peeps are, and that's why you love it.
*Google+ is New York City.*
Like New York City, Google+ is a huge, beautiful, vibrant, multi-cultural
engine of ideas.
New York City is an industrial city, and its main industries are about
information and creative content (the stock exchange, book and magazine
publishing, fashion, etc.) and in that sense Google+ is analogous.
Like New York City, Google+ is a great destination and a great place to
live for people who want to meet interesting new people all the time,
create and publish content and be intellectually stimulated.
It's got vibrant theater (YouTube), the very best places to mingle and
interact with people (Hangouts), awesome places for curation (Picasa,
YouTube and regular posts) and more.
Just as New York City has Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal, Google+
has everything that Twitter has. And just as New York exists on the
physical Long Island with Brooklyn and Queens, Google+ does the same stuff
If you've lived on Long Island as I did for ten years, you know a lot more
people on Long Island than you do in New York City, but that doesn't make
it a better place to live, necessarily.
*The difference between visiting and living in New York.*
Here's the thing: If you're an occasional visitor, a tourist in New York
City, spend most of your time in Midtown, take the open-top bus tour, go to
the top of the Empire State Building, eat at Original Ray's Pizza and see
The Lion King on Broadway, you will not experience New York City and you
will have no idea what the place is all about. You won't understand why and
how people live there and what they love about it.
You won't understand New York City unless you move there, cultivate a
community and actually live and work there.
Like Penn Station, you can understand what Twitter is all about in an hour.
Like Long Island, you can understand what Facebook is (if your family and
friends live there) in a three-day weekend -- it's about family and
But like New York City, you can't understand Google+ with a casual,
occasional and superficial visit.
And if you're a content creator -- writer, photographer, blogger,
film-maker, restauranteur, etc. -- hoping to benefit from New York City or
Google+ -- you will get no benefit if you visit as a tourist.
But as a resident, the rewards are astronomical in the way of contacts,
stimulation, inspiration and opportunities to publish and publicize your
In order to "get" Google+, you've got to actually leave Long Island and
move to the Big City. (And once you arrive, you've got to leave Penn
I don't know if these analogies make sense to anyone else, but this is how
I view the differences between Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
- Haha... I know it's cheesy of me to post this, but I'm so excited!
(Hmm... This might prove my theory that the longer I stay away from NYC,
the cheesier I become. No? Just naturally cheesy?)
Friends and family, here I coooommmeee... <3
- I'm heading to #NYC next week.
Got my jam all ready....
#jayz #aliciakeys #newyork #empirestateofmind #newyorkcity
- Giving You'll A Shout out From New York City!!!!! Enjoy Your Day
- LOL. I love this song.
York: Only one of my many themes.
- Wake up for enjoy a good day...yoe yoe...
- my 5th favorite song =.=
- TGIF EVERYONE!! WHA WHO!!:))
TIME TO GO OUT TO MAKE SOME DREAMS-HAVE TONS OF FUN NY STYLE!:))
OH YEAH BABY!!:))
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT EVERYONE!!:))
- *FNS Special Edition: The Dance Party (Part II)*
The show tonight is entirely about those great times we had when we were
dancing. Those nights when you let lose, those nights when you got dressed
up to hit the town, dragging your friends along for the wild ride! Whatever
band or musician made you MOVE to the beat! It doesn't matter the era or
type of music - but it IS all about moving.
Jay Z feat. Alicia Keys - "Empire State of Mind"
I'll take requests all night long!
"Empire State of Mind" JAY Z | Alicia Keys [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
#fridaynightsessions #FNS #jayz #aliciakeys #newyorkcity #nyc
Hosted by +Sean Cowen
- In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made, oh There's nothing you
can't do, now you're in New York These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you, let's hear it for New York New York, New York
- Listening to it right now! This song gives me the strength to go on and
follow my dreams
- Goodmorning NYC...New York Knicks...G+plus...
Wake up and Stand Up!!!!
- Shout out to #NYC from #UpstateNY #WesternNY
Yes there's more to our state than #Manhattan ...seriously there's an
entire state up here... #GoogleMap that sh!t.
- love NYC
- *Empire state of Mind*
Let's celebrate New York. The Fourth of July is coming up. There's
nothing you can't do in New York, they don't have armed drones to target
you, just ones with cameras so they can see how you roll.
- #PlayOfDaMorning @sammyforson On Da #MydMorningShow #EmpireStateofMind
@_C_ @aliciakeys "Empire State of Mind" JAY Z | Alicia Keys [OFFICIAL
- #musicmonday Not a JayZ or Yankees fan, believe it or not, but this
weekend I was in a "NY State of Mind...Concrete Jungle Dreams are Made
of..". You've got to be able to handle it!
- JAYZ E ALICIA KEYS - EMPIRE STATE OF MIND.