Users Complain Twitter Is Trying to Be Facebook
Twitter’s (NYSE:TWTR) retweet button is transforming into share button, similar to Facebook (NASDAQ:FB). In fact, it may be one of many upcoming changes to Twitter to make it more profitable by becoming more like Facebook.
Twitter went public last year. Its successful IPO raised more than $2 billion for the company. Since then, the social media platform has been looking for ways to increase its traffic as a way to improve the now public company’s reputation on Wall Street. One way the company has done that is to introduce new features. Some of these new features are similar to Facebook, prompting some critics say that Twitter is becoming like Facebook.
Eric Jackson, a contributor to Forbes, wrote a post that said Twitter is “killing itself,” becoming a clone of Facebook, a change he as a Twitter user does not like. He argues that trying to become like Facebook could actually backfire on the company.
“It’s madness to try and dilute Twitter down into a Facebook clone. Costolo and the board might “think” that’s what Wall Street wants from them, but guess what Wall Street will do to the stock if the core Twitter users start disengaging en masse? If you think they have a growth problem now, just wait. All the Wall Street friends who wanted Twitter to grow more will turn around and start selling the stock because of rapid disengagement of Twitter’s core users,” he wrote.
The retweet button change is currently affecting some users that tweet using the mobile app version of Twitter right now. Twitter’s most recent update included changes to uploading photos onto the mobile version, another change that is similar to Facebook and Facebook-owned photo app Instagram.
Other Facebook-style changes to Twitter have been introduced recently, further prompting these fears among Twitter users. Photos uploaded to Twitter can now be tagged up to 10 times. Multiple photos can be uploaded at once. Up to four photos can be included in a single tweet. None of these will count against the 140-character limit, either.
Past changes to Twitter include cover images for Twitter profiles, which was introduced after Facebook adopted cover photos. Twitter’s upcoming desktop version redesign introduced earlier this year was also criticized for making Twitter look too much like Facebook in some users’ opinion.
Facebook and Twitter are often compared because they are among the two most popular social media platforms. Facebook is the older and larger of the two. It was founded in 2004 and has more than 1.2 billion users. Twitter just celebrated its eight birthday recently and has around 241 million users. Growth has been relatively slow both domestically and international for Twitter recently. Some speculate that adding more features is a way to attract more users by making it more like the simpler to use Facebook.
However, Twitter’s adoption of Facebook-like features may also be reciprocated to a certain degree. Facebook adopted the use of hashtags in status updates, a feature originally on Twitter.