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Feb 03

Twitter – Lesson 3/7: Definition of microblogging

In this third part of my series about Twitter I want to talk about the Buzzword Microblogging and compare it with a “normal” blog. Please read also the previous articles:

Definition of microblogging

The main characteristic of a microblog is the limitation in characters.

Originally it is inspired by the SMS services. All microblogs have limited their maximum allowed characters per update to less than 200. This forces users to compress their information into this maximum. Another idea is the choice between public or private publishing. The user is free to select if he wants his updates to

  • be read by all users, who visit his profile. (public)
  • be read by all users, who are registrated and maybe confirmed to subscribe. (private)

The updates are displayed chronological, which is inspired by blogs. But unlike a blog, you’re able to microblog via SMS, IM or a web interface. It has more focus on mobile communication, because it offers multiple possibilities to inform others instantly.

You see, microblogging is a mix of blog and SMS.

Microblogging vs. blogging

Getting started

Both are very fast in setting up. For twitter you only need to register and can instantly start microblogging. For a Blog you can register on e.g. BlogSpot or Blogger.com, choosing your theme and write first articles. But if you want to have a unique domain or theme, you need to work a few days.

So I think 1:0 for microblogs.

Costs

Twitter is free in use, blogging too. But in some cases, you have to pay for your domain, hosting and traffic. Twitter is always free.

2:0 for microblogs.

Getting popular

I think you can be popular with both, Twitter and Blog. But it is harder to become famous in Twitter, because there is a fast growing community. Every day a lot of new user register and an enormous number of tweets overwhelm you every minute. So it’s very hard to be present all the time and don’t get downing.

Only 2:1 for microblogs.

Detailed information

Regarding the limitation of characters, there is not much space for discussions about the depth of information.

2:2 – draw!

conversation

You can contact the author of a post by replying on Twitter or a comment on a blog.  But again there is the limit of characters that prevent users of Twitter getting into intensive discussions.

3:2 for blogs.

fast information

Fast information is one of these things, Twitter get popular with. Hardly one medium can spread information this fast, as Twitter does in 140 characters.

Final count: 3:3

So, you see. Microblogging and blogging does have their own advantages and disadvantages. But by connecting the benefits of both, your visitors can get a fast and detailed information wave and surely will return.

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