Skip to main content

Facebook vs Twitter in Indonesia

Last time I wrote about the demise of BlackBerry (BB) in Indonesia and no one believed me. As you can see, BB's share is getting smaller and smaller. Android is getting all the attention. This time, I'll write my take on Facebook vs. Twitter.

Indonesians love to talk. We don't write, but talk. It's just our culture. That's why the number of written publication in Indonesia is very small. Our culture translates well into Facebook. We love to tell people about our family and stuff. We love to show our photos. We love (class) reunions. Have a reunion, take pictures, upload them right away. Tell the world. Let's not go into taking photos of our food. That's another "strange" behaviors.

Privacy? Well, that's not an issue to us. We don't really care. Ha! Seriously.

Originally, Facebook is only accessible through web or computers. Access to computers are still limitted in Indonesia compared to cellphone. Thus, only a small number of people joined Facebook. Then, BlackBerry came in and made it super easy for people to access Facebook. Both BlackBerry and Facebook exploded. You can check the statistics (here and here). Indonesians are up there 2nd, 3rd, or 4th. Do we even wonder why? The signs are all there.

Now, things have changed. Again. First, you don't need BlackBerry to take photos and upload them to Facebook. Android phones can do that. Cheaper and it's an open systems - plenty of options to choose. BlackBerry did not respond quickly to this change. Either they don't know (because they don't have their R&D in Indonesia) or they don't care. They pay the price now. It's too late. Have you ever heard of a phone company that came back after being hammered like this? None. It's that bad.

Now let's focus on Facebook and Twitter. Remember that Indonesians love to talk. It's easier to do that with Twitter compared to Facebook. Facebook is "heavier" in terms of access and design. Twitter is more suitable for yada-yada. Another thing to consider is network (internet, cellular) reliability and speed are still problematic in Indonesia. Slow and unreliable. This makes Twitter even more attractive. The results, more Indonesians are using twitter these days. They are migrating from Facebook to Twitter.

What's still missing from Twitter is the ability to tag people in photos posted in Twitter. You can do that in Facebook and Gplus. But, I guess this feature is less important compared to the snappiness and easy access of twitter. Facebook should develop a client that only shows status. Quick and simple. The idea is to keep users from moving to twitter. (And twitter should have a photo tagging mechanism. That's a different issues all together.)

To understand the behavior of the users, you have to be there. I just couldn't understand why Facebook (and previously BlackBerry) doesn't have a small R&D in Indonesia. You have to be here and smell the coffee. I hate to say, I told you so. We'll see how it goes.

Comments

Actually, in Germany, Twitter is faster than Facebook if I use my mobile gadget.
I think Facebook pictures are more resource-thirsty than the Twitter ones.
Actually, in Germany, Twitter is faster than Facebook if I use my mobile gadget.
I think Facebook pictures are more resource-thirsty than the Twitter ones.
Actually, in Germany, Twitter is faster than Facebook if I use my mobile gadget.
I think Facebook pictures are more resource-thirsty than the Twitter ones.
Pabx Panasonic said…
Nice article :-)

Salam,
Rizky Syaiful said…
Just remember that Facebook has launch (and then shut-down) 0 Facebook.
facebook ku gunakan untuk orang orang masa lalu di duniaku, twitter untuk lebih dekat dengan sang idola :D

Popular posts from this blog

Himbauan Kepada Hacker & Cracker Indonesia & Malaysia

Kepada Hacker & Cracker Indonesia & Malaysia,

Saya mengharapkan anda tidak melakukan penyerangan atau/dan pengrusakan situs-situs Indonesia dan Malaysia.

Saya mengerti bahwa akhir-akhir ini beberapa masalah di dunia nyata membuat kita kesal dan marah. Namun kekesalan tersebut sebaiknya tidak dilimpahkan ke dunia maya (cyberspace). Semestinya sebelum melakukan aksi yang berdampak negatif, kita bisa melakukan langkah-langkah positif seperti melakukan dialog (melalui email, mailing list, bulletin board, blog, dan media elektronik lainnya).

Kita harus ingat bahwa kita hidup bertetangga dan bersaudara. Yang namanya hidup bertetangga pasti mengalami perbedaan pendapat. Mari kita belajar bertetangga dengan baik.

Saya berharap agar kita yang hidup di dunia maya mencontohkan bagaimana kita menyelesaikan permasalahan dengan kepala dingin dan hati yang lapang, sehingga para pemimpin kita di dunia nyata dapat mencontoh penyelesaian damai. Mudah-mudahan mereka dapat lebih arif dan bijaksana da…

Band progressive rock baru?

Lepas dari yang serius-serius sebentar. Kita ke musik lagi.

Terus terang saya tadinya mulai merasa bahwa musik progressive rock bakalan mati. Seperti lirik dari lagu band Asia - "Rock and Roll Dream":

When I see your faces from the limousine. No chance of our survival...

Tapi setelah saya mendengarkan The Flower Kings, harapan tumbuh lagi. Band yang dimotori oleh Roine Stolt (gitar) memiliki nuansa (melodi?) yang selaras dengan band-band terdahulu. Mereka sanggup membawakan lagu Cinema Show-nya Genesis dengan sempurna. Bahkan lebih baik menurut saya. Jadi, para penggemar sekalian, progressive rock akan tetap tumbuh subur.

Roine Stolt juga menjadi bagian dari band Transatlantic yang juga memiliki nuansa progressive rock. Maklum, mereka campuran dari Dream Theater, Marillion, The Flower Kings, dan Spock's Beard. Meski, ada lagu bootleged live show mereka yang kedodoran membawakan lagu "Firth of Fifth" nya Genesis. Ternyata band besar bisa kedodoran juga.

Repotnya, mus…

Yummy ...

[seafood lamien @ banquet, singapore]