Facebook is for ice bucket challenges. Twitter is for Ferguson, Mo. That’s been the conventional wisdom in the past few months; that conversation about breaking news is happening mostly on Twitter, while people are using Facebook to share less timely — some would say less newsworthy — topics.
The evidence for this conclusion has been anecdotal, which is almost always the case when you are comparing results produced by Facebook’s opaque News Feed algorithm to anything. So any time there’s a chance to dig into data that sheds light on public social sharing activity, it’s wise to seize it.
The quarterly report of consumer sharing behavior published this week by social data and sharing tool provider ShareThis offers such an opportunity. And while the data, drawn from the 450 million unique users and 2.5 million sites and apps in the ShareThis network, doesn’t directly address the ice-bucket-vs.-Ferguson question, it does provide some interesting marketing takeaways….