Blogging vs micro-blogging 09:12 on Thursday
Ville Vesterinen writes about why a lot of people, him included, seem to be migrating from blogging to “micro-blogging” — using Jaiku, Twitter, etc. I’m using quotes there intentionally, for I tend to agree with Steven Hodson’s take on Mashable:
It amazes me how anyone in all seriousness can even consider the inane twaddle that permeates the Internet from services like Twitter as even coming close to blogging or micro-blogging.
Ville writes on an opposing and more enthusiastic tone. I guess the points he makes are good, how else would these micro-services be so popular. But his points are also a complete reversal of my opinions on blogging and “micro-blogging”:
- He likes the lower threshold for
letting the world know what’s up. I would prefer people to think more about what they’re saying. Why do we want to fill the world with inane twaddle?
- Micro-blogging satisfies his urge to express himself with minimal effort. But what about the effort of the receiver? Why do we want to spend our friends’ time on inane twaddle? If you send me a message, you’re spending my time in addition to yours. If you waste my limited time with nonsense, are you respecting my time? Are you respecting me?
- Ville likes that
these conversations can occur in close to real-time. I hate that. I have better things to do than follow twaddle in real-time! The stream of postings is a sure way to kill my flow. And for a creative person (which we all are) there’s nothing more valuable than flow.
It is interesting how differently these services and their usefulness can be seen, and I am sure there will continue to be an audience for both thoughtful blogging and the bite-sized stream of consciousness that is “micro-blogging”.