Jake and I were chatting about this at Second Stop yesterday. Most tech folk would immediately answer "Twitter" to this question but Jake was pretty persuasive about Facebook's chances. Thoughts?
So over the past few years I've been pretty harsh on Facebook. Here's me at my snarkiest: bit.ly
I argued that your experience in social applications has as much to do with the network present as it does with that application's features and functionality.
I built my network as a way to meet people in College, but now, after years of growing my network, adding people with less and less in common (anyone who asked), birthdays are just about the only thing that all of my 600+ friends on Facebook share.
With some friendly encouragement, I decided to try a little experiment. Over the past few weeks, I've been pruning my network: hiding people from my newsfeed that I don't remember/care about, and adding some new friends — journalists and tech/media types.
Turns out it's really easy...
What I've found is that Facebook can be a better Twitter than Twitter. It's slower, and most critically, it rewards conversations in a way that Twitter's "dumb" ranking does not.