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.


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Brandon Fuller said:

I did a decent Twitter MT plugin the other day. It cross-posts your Twitter entries on your blog. Have a look.

Kevin said:

Thank you for getting to the root of one of the things that bothers me most about "web 2.0" services.

Well said, well said. I've franticaly tried to stay to my own personal blog and own hosting with own tools, exactly because of this 'taking away'.
No need to come full circle, just stay safe, stay home. :-) (Except for Flickr, because I love vanity.)

Jon Robinson said:

That's actually quite inspiring to a beginner like myself, who sometimes is afraid of being redundant and gets stuck in the essay mentality. Thanks for the blogger bundle by the way.

Lincoln said:

Amne, amen, amen and AMEN.

I couldn't quite put my finger on what was bothering me about these Web 2.0 site, but you hit it right out of the park. I'm now leaning on keeping as much of my content in house as possible. The only exception is that I really like StumbleUpon and Last.FM, which both provide excellent services that have improved my websurfing habits and ability to expand my musical tastes, respectively.

Sliva said:

Hello russian girl

Microblogs are used to mention the new, original, funny and bizarre stuff.

Blogging just has become specialized in more reflective articles.

Thus from quantity blogs have finetuned into quality in my experience.

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