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"Twitter makes me like people I’ve never met and Facebook makes me hate people I know in real life."

Fantastic cartoon interpretation over at The Next Web of an original tweet by @shaylamaddox.

What do you think? While hate is perhaps too strong a word, I think in many cases it’s fair to say that Facebook can often expose you to too much of your ‘real’ friends – and that’s an increasingly meaningless term – and their many (sometimes mind-blowing) whims and fancies.

All those photos, videos, likes, tags and, in some cases, flat-out bizarre opinions must have, I suspect, have damaged many a relationship. Less is more, and all that. And of course Facebook also encourages you to hook up with people who you haven’t known – and really don’t have any business calling a ‘friend’ – since you left school all those years ago.

And while Twitter can be overwhelming if you let it, by carefully optimising your network you can ensure that your feed is exactly what you need, whenever you need it.

I remember reading a similar observation to Shayla’s a few months ago that went something like this:

“Facebook is for the friends I have but don’t want; Twitter is for the friends I want but don’t have.” ~ Anon

Again, perhaps a little harsh, and of course there are exceptions. But is it fair to say that a network like Twitter, which encourages new relationships, has to win out in the long run against Facebook, which puts a greater emphasis on the old, including those that are long-dead, or never really added up to a relationship at all?

The biggest irony? According to the boys in charge, Twitter isn’t even a social network. How fantastic if it turned out to be the greatest socialisation tool the world has ever seen.

(I’m not looking to steal any thunder from TNW, so please head over to their comments area to have your say. And before my Facebook friends come down on me en masse – I love you all. Doubly-so if you’re also on Twitter.)

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Twitter + Friends = Sales

Graze have a simple premise: incredible food at your desk or home, from just £2.99 delivered.

I’m going to be honest with you – lately, I’ve been eating really poorly. This always happens when I start a new job. I focus on that 100 per cent, and my healthy eating habits disintegrate exponentially. I’ve been wanting to put that right.

Last week, at work, I noticed small, flat cardboard box on a colleague’s desk. I didn’t think anything of it at the time, but later when I noticed a tweet she had written about Graze, I checked out their website. It looked interesting; more importantly, it looked like something I would be interested in.

Somewhere in the back of my mind I remembered a friend talking about Graze. But who? I figured the smart thing to do was tap into my Twitter network, so I went ahead and asked them.

I got several responses, including the friend I couldn’t place, and more than one person was kind enough to offer me a voucher for my first order. (Thanks to Adam Strawson for helping out.)

Graze hadn’t been involved at all in that process – although I’m sure if I’d approached them directly on Twitter we could have worked something out – but I was already pretty excited. I placed my order, and things just got better. Thanks to the vouchers, the first delivery was entirely free, while the second was reduced to £1.49.

My package arrived this morning. Sitting on my desk in front of me are some beautiful red and white grapes, some lip-smacking Korean chilli rice crackers, and some delicious hazelnuts. It all comes with a nicely personalised note that welcomes you and includes all the nutritional information about the food.

My box from Graze

The best part? I now have some vouchers to share with my friends. Give me a shout if you want some.

The responses to my opening enquiry were overwhelming positive about Graze. You can’t buy this kind of PR – you do it simply by having a great product, and a great system. But what actually made the sale was Twitter itself. It put all the pieces together.

Without Twitter, it was nothing more than a cardboard box.

PS. For a limited time, if you enter this voucher code at Graze you can get your first box completely free, and your second half price: NVGF1CRN. Enjoy.