Microblogging and How the Internet Stole my Blog
Microblogging is fun again. Twitter proves it. It’s funny that I’m coming full circle here. I started blogging in earnest on Blogger.com back in the day. I got tired of service problems as Blogger was struggling to scale, being a victim of its own success and switched to Movable Type. But I find myself posting far less frequently these days, and all of a sudden I find myself drawn to Twitter.
And now Twitter (which is the product of Evan Williams, the original co-founder of Blogger) is also having scaling issues. Twitter provides a level of community, combined with instant communication that you won’t get out of traditional blogging. Part of the attraction is the incredibly low barrier to post (by instant message, any number of microclients or even by SMS).
But the most important aspect of Twitter to me, is that it has gotten me back into microblogging. You see, I’ve fallen into that blogging trap where you start to feel as if you have to write a very long and involved essay in order to post to your blog. I’ve got well over a dozen blog posts that I’ve been working on. That’s not how I started out— go read through my archives— I was twittering long ago, but somewhere along the way, I decided that if I needed to say something, I should think first. Bad idea— that kind of thinking kills a blog!
The other blog killer is the proliferation of Web 2.0 services. All these services that are designed to take content away from your blog. You have del.icio.us (or Stumbleupon, or Clipmarks, etc., etc., etc.) that steals your links, Amazon wants your product reviews, Yelp! for your restaurant reviews, Digg steals your tech news links/commentary, Flickr steals your photos, YouTube gets your videos and now Twitter steals even your most pithy thoughts.
If you don’t believe me, check out my ‘master’ RSS feed. This feed includes my contributions to many different web services: Flickr, delicious, Digg, Twitter, this web site, iusethis.com and Vox (the feed itself is supplied through Yahoo’s Pipes service). That feed has over 70 entries from this year alone. And yet, only 7 of those have been posts to this blog.
Well, before this turns into a long and involved essay (or is it too late already), lets just say I need to Twitter more, right here on this blog. I need to Flickr more, right here. I need to Digg stuff, right here on this blog. Don’t let Web 2.0 strip you of your content.