NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- I need to clear up some confusion.
Why Twitter Will Live and Facebook Will Die will go down as one of my most well-received articles of all time. Between it's original publication at TheStreet and rebroadcasts at CNBC and Forbes, it has been shared thousands of times across social networks.
Initially, the response surprised me. But then, I thought about why an article arguing that Twitter will outlast Facebook (FB - Get Report) would resonate so strongly with so many people. I came to three primary conclusions:
A general hatred towards Facebook exists in the public opinion marketplace.The media deserves credit for this. Prior to the IPO, news outlets ran with the fluff storyline: The Facebook IPO will turn millions of the social network's users into investors. As it did leading up to the housing crash, the media failed to critically assess the situation. Most reports on the IPO implied Facebook could do nothing but go up. Outside of CNBC and several financial and tech websites, I don't think any mainstream outlet reported the obvious warning signs, such as risks in the S-1 or the inevitability of insider selling. When the Facebook story did not play as scripted, the media turned on its revenge reflex. Facebook became the object of intense scorn. Looking back, it's only natural that thousands would rally around any association between Facebook and death.