Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Is Microblogging Realy Micro Blogging?

I wasn't a fan of microblogging or Twitter when I first heard about them, but I have come around. My problem with microblogging now is the word. Obviously the messages we send on Twitter-like services (something I will be posting about soon) are considerd micro, but are they really "blog-like?"

I've linked this site before, but Microblink shares news on all the microblogging news. Mike Templeton of defined microblogging a month ago. Here is what he defines it as...
microblogging [mahy-kroh-blŏg-ing] verb
A small-scale form of blogging, generally made up of short, succinct messages, used by both consumers and businesses to share news, post status updates and carry on conversations.

It is definitely small-scale messages to share news, post status updates, and carry on conversations. But these short messages are basically instant messages sent to the people you are either friends with or are following you.

If you look at Wikipedia's definition of blogging you will see that basically sharing news is the only thing the two definitions have in common.
A blog (a contraction of the term "Web log") is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video.

Now I really like the definition Mike Templeton and the team from came up with, but I think the term microblogging still needs some work. I'm just really sure which direction that work needs to head.

Do you have any ideas? Do you agree or disagree? Leave a comment below.


Mike Templeton said...

I think they have more in common that you realize. Think about the definition for a blog: "maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events or other material."

That right there describes Twitter perfectly. Each account is a log of regular entries posted by an individual, including commentary, live tweets from events or links to other content. The micro part of the term comes into play based on the usual size of these messages. While blog posts are generally several hundred words, microblog posts (or tweets) are generally only a hundred or so characters.

Thanks again for linking out to us! We're happy to participate and include our opinions when we can.

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