While Twitter’s Breaking News and Facebook’s Trending Topics may seem similar on the surface, they really serve two very different purposes.
One of Twitter’s greatest strengths is that it has direct, unfiltered access to the world.
It is simple to find anything happening around the world in real time.
Twitter serves all this information to everyone – as a global community. If something is deemed newsworthy, it is available to all.
Facebook takes a different approach. With over 1 billion daily active users, they have 1/7th of the world’s population logging in on a daily basis. With their Trending News want to present each of those users with a snapshot of the most relevant headlines.
To do that, they take into account user interests, likes, shares, friends – a lot of things, really. They then curate what appears in the Trending News feed.
Facebook’s feed should therefore mirror what you see on your local news, and in your local papers.
Twitter will give you a wider scope into the rest of the world.
As time has shown with traditional media, one is not “better” than the other – there is room for both.
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/Why-isnt-Facebooks-Trending-as-good-as-Twitters-Breaking-News
Originally Posted On: 2016-02-14