Most Fundamentalist Mormons we grew up with have a healthy dose of paranoia and suspicion of media, the government, and institutions in general. This is for good reason because in our past we have seen our people prosecuted and persecuted by government authorities, and the media often fail to report fairly on our culture or our history. So within that context we often judge political views and certainly how we view the internet and social media.
The government continues to expand its power, seeking the same access it had for internet providers and email users now to Facebook and Twitter. Yet in our opinion, when any organization has so much information and power over you, the opportunity for an abuse of that power is worth being cautious against.
We use this blog, rely on Google to spread our message, as well as syncing with our Facebook page, and regular posting on Twitter, @TheDargerFamily. It is a lot of work to keep up, but it is also nice to be able to get a voice out there for those who choose to hear. Our favorite medium is this blog. It is the most revealing and personal. But for real time interaction, other forms of social media have become an important tool of communication with our friends, fans and those receptive to our message of faith, family and freedom.
When comparing Facebook to Twitter, it seems like the story of the tortoise and the hare. It is the arrogant hare who loses a race to a slow tortoise. In the end, the tortoise beats the hare because it followed the mantra slow and steady will always win the race.
Facebook looks like the swift and cunning hare, Twitter the leisurely and careful tortoise. This race is not about speed, but about longevity, and it is one that is tied to trust.
To run so quickly, Facebook exploded because it collected endless amounts of data about its users. It often did so in ways that have caused us concern about privacy and the implications of personal data used by others. Again and again, Facebook pushed the boundaries of people’s privacy by making things public that had once been declared private on its site. It continually opted people into new features that clearly overstepped the company’s original privacy agreements.
As a result, Facebook users must navigate carefully. A recent CNBC poll found that “59 percent of respondents said that they had little to no trust in Facebook to keep their information private.” Now they are about to launch an IPO to grow even greater, as they continue to collect money from the information they have gathered from all of us.
The difference between the two companies’ approaches to privacy is evident with product introductions. For example, recently, Twitter introduced a feature that is intended to improve suggestions of whom to follow on the service. To make the new service work, Twitter needs to do some snooping. Did privacy groups come out and berate Twitter for its actions? No. The government even commended Twitter’s ability to let people opt out of the new feature.
Twitter is not perfect. They’ve had some bad history, specifically with security. In the early days of the service, it was repeatedly hacked, putting users’ information at risk. Just recently a virus attacked our account and when we opened it, it sent direct messages to others. But the difference between the two in regards to security still remains.
In the long run, people will trust Twitter more than they do Facebook. And when it comes to building a long-term, trusting relationship with its users, Twitter will take it slowly and steadily, and in doing so, I think it will continue in growth. Facebook still serves an important function. But there are several companies in development to challenge Facebook that wont compromise privacy, and my bet is in the long term if people can get the convenience and keep security, they will.
I was resistant to Twitter at first, as I was to Facebook. I probably would not have used Twitter at all if we had not published our book, and would have used Facebook on a limited basis. But I discovered Twitter has become my personal news service, and I like the real time interaction of it. In addition, who can deny the power of Facebook to connect people. It continues to amaze me how connected the human race really is.
Twitter even has a search service. It can protect you from the prying eyes of Google as well. For information I recommend this blog here.
Recently, Alina started getting into Pinterest as well. With her love of design you can follow her at Alina Darger. Pinterest is growing so quickly that it is now one of the top sites on the net. If there is one thing constant, it is change. We appreciate the opportunity to communicate, and look forward to your feedback and ways we can continue to educate, inform and interact with you.
We hope you will continue to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and share us with your friends. Also that in the end what we have to say adds value to your life.