is twitter changing your blogging habits?

Do you find yourself posting more than ten tweets per day? Do you spend more time on Twitter and other micro-blogging services and less blog reading? Your blog posts, because of the hectic life and time (!), became rare as snow in May? You find that your friends and colleagues rather read your Twitter timeline following every single tweet you send,  than your (ir)regular blog entries? If so, welcome to (sour) times where micro-blogging services are evolving and resembling the blogosphere. Do they?

People are spending more and more time on micro-blogging sites such as Twitter, Jaiku, Plurk, also using FriendFeed facility not only to share interesting and useful links with their friends and allies but to chat, report, promote, discuss, rant on different topics. I have three group of people I follow on Twitter: endless ‘chat’ in real-time for hours on the latest gadgets (during morning hours/working European time), afternoon twitterers (East Coast of US) on elections and economy, and late night West coasters on education syllabuses, everyday situations, rants. Technology, politics and education.

Are micro-blogging forms new web 2.5, web 3.0 ‘form’ of  IRC rooms, forums, discussion groups of instant interaction, a great medium for distributing immediate attention that pushed blogs on aside?  But then, blogs are still for me the greatest social networking place with possibility of interaction through comments (more than 140 characters) but also I couldn’t help to notice symptomatic blogging situation where people are following more twitters than RSS.  Since more people micro-blog, blogs themselves are becoming aggregates of tweet digests with referred content. Probably some of you got into this page as I’ve sent short tweet with tinyurl message about it.  It is up to you (your blogging behaviour) if you’ll comment here or send me @replies on Twitter or send likes emoticons on FriendFeed.  Are micro-blogging services changing dynamics of your blogging activities? If so, how? Comments welcomed!



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  2. maximo says:

    yep! And I find myself developing apps for twitter!

  3. warzabidul says:

    Yes and no. Twitter is replacing instant messaging and chatrooms. It’s an open method by which for people to communicate instantly with others. It’s also about the overheard conversation although that term has dissapeared.

    What does “overheard” mean? Well simply that whenever two people discuss a topic hundreds of people are following this conversation and when they decide they have an opinion they can cut in. They do have that 140 character limit though, so they need to get to the point is efficiently as possible.

    When that isn’t possible then they can do the next best thing. Write a comment in a blog post or even write a blog entry of their own where the conversation that took place on twitter is synthesised into a more digestible chunk of information.

    As a result twitter is changing people’s habits but the question is why people want to chat publicly rather than in an enclosed space. Today people like transparency.

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  5. Danica says:

    warzabidul: people like to participate and interact in (larger) network publics.

  6. I find Twitter adds to my blogging. For one, I learn about some blog material from other people’s Tweets. For another, I think I interact with my audience on Twitter in a second, productive way.

  7. I watched twitter traffic on my laptop screen as the US Presidential election polls came in and thought that in the lecture room or anywhere – pub, cafe, common room, home in the kitchen – it would be interesting to have a twitter screen that just keeps scrolling (in the background) for me to view the global chat – and, yes, join in if that feels right. What would you call what my daughter gets streamed in her ear as she strolls her city centre beat? We’ll be chatting and suddenly she’s talking to the air. Foucault?

  8. Danica says:

    Bryan Alexander: yes, I would add this educational aspect that you share instantly, without waiting to write a blog entry

    Simon Baddeley: Thank you for sharing and remind us on Foucault’s analogy!

  9. Sol Young says:

    Twitter feels like television lately. I hate television because it makes me lazy and takes the effort out of tasks that I should put effort in to.

    I’ve been trying to break away from Twitter a little bit so I can push more content on my own blog, and in more than 140 characters. However, because of the ease of use, Twitter has hung on and I use it as a way to keep a portion of my site dynamically updated.

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