Facebook vs. Twitter

“Facebook me.”

That is what people said to new friends at parties or classes as a way to keep in touch. But is even Facebook becoming obsolete?
After my friend met her partner for a class project, the partner asked her for her handle. Not her phone number or Facebook name but her Twitter handle. Will the new way to get a hold of someone be “Tweet me”?
Not if Android has anything to say about it.”Our phones are designed around apps and not people,” says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “We want to flip that around.”

The $99 phone, which goes on sale April 12, will showcase Home,  downloadable software that makes Facebook the automatic home screen of the device. Home will also be available for download on other Android devices such as the HTC One, the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy SIII and S4.

Home features an interface focused on the user’s circle of Facebook friends, allowing them to swipe between pictures, status updates and other important events. It also integrates messaging into a new feature called Chat Heads, icons with profile pictures that pop up when receiving text or Facebook messages.

Students at the University of California, Santa Barbara had mixed reactions after testing Home.

Student Jake Aria said the new interface seems like a more “convenient form of Facebook,” he told USA Today on April 10. “It puts it right there on your phone. This one seems a little more dynamic, and it condenses your Facebook. You have hundreds of friends, and not all of them you care about their daily lives, but you can pick the ones you do want to see.”

“It would make your whole phone Facebook,” said Ariadne Murdy. “So your home screen would be Facebook. I don’t like what it would do to my phone.”

Another critic, Michael Busch, noted, “I need less distractions. It seems like a great way to distract myself.”

College kids today face almost too many ways to distract themselves – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, Foursquare, and Youtube, to name a few.

Twitter is especially on the rise with 31 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds having a Twitter account in early 2012. Suburban and urban residents are also more likely to use Twitter than those in rural areas. Mobile apps have exponentially helped spur Twitter use, allowing users to tweet whatever comes to mind as they walk to class.

Perhaps the new Home feature is just another way for Facebook to assert its dominance in the world of social media. Twitter’s population of 182 million is dwarfed by the 900 million users on Facebook and the time we spend on Twitter each month is on the rise, though it still falls short of the hours we dedicate to Facebook.Though more and more college students are integrating Twitter into their lives, Facebook does not have to worry.