Twitter Is Not Blogging

Twitter logoOver the past year I’ve thought of micro-blogging-communications mashup Twitter as the rough equivalent of a blog post. For some time now, I’ve even republished my Tweets here in place of posting proper blog entries. It just seemed to make sense as my schedule got too crowded to sit down and bang out thoughtful posts on a regular basis.

But Twitter is not blogging. It’s more like archived instant messaging through the looking glass.

So that means no more daily round-up of Tweets here (if I turned off Twitter Tools, correctly, that is) and a return to blogging about things other than Twitter. No, I haven’t given up on Twitter, it’s just not as interesting as a platform as it was to me months ago. But things tend to run in cycles so I’m sure I’ll come back sometime. Or I’ll just wire up all my Twitter friends through my Friendfeed like some have done and move on.

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  1. Twitter is a tool. It can be used for microblogging, or it can be used as “persistent” IM, though the persistent nature is up for argument (due to recent Twitter capacity problems, lack of “Older” links, etc.)

  2. Twitter is a tool. It can be used for microblogging, or it can be used as “persistent” IM, though the persistent nature is up for argument (due to recent Twitter capacity problems, lack of “Older” links, etc.)

  3. I’ve never used it on my wine blog, preferring to stick to “real” posts. However, I do use it on my professional blog. Every day a summary of my Tweets are posted. I’m sticking with that because a random link I want to share just isn’t worth a full blog post sometimes, but definitely worth a Tweet.

    However, I know my readers don’t want just a Twitter feed. The fact that I’m republishing the Tweets has pushed me to blog more often on my professional blog, interspersing Tweets with more solid content. So it’s actually been a motivator for me.

  4. I’ve never used it on my wine blog, preferring to stick to “real” posts. However, I do use it on my professional blog. Every day a summary of my Tweets are posted. I’m sticking with that because a random link I want to share just isn’t worth a full blog post sometimes, but definitely worth a Tweet.

    However, I know my readers don’t want just a Twitter feed. The fact that I’m republishing the Tweets has pushed me to blog more often on my professional blog, interspersing Tweets with more solid content. So it’s actually been a motivator for me.

  5. Randy: I just think Twitter is “too easy” so it can be more of a crutch than a tool.

    Michelle: I’ll put my Tweets on the sidebar again so links and such can still be consumed by readers. Part of my recent blogging vacation has been the time sink Twitter became so now that I’m getting back to somewhat “normal” I’m changing my use of micro-blogging services.

    Perhaps when I get more disciplined, like you are, then I’ll go back to chronicling tweets here (or what ever they are called on the micro-blogging service du jour)

  6. Randy: I just think Twitter is “too easy” so it can be more of a crutch than a tool.

    Michelle: I’ll put my Tweets on the sidebar again so links and such can still be consumed by readers. Part of my recent blogging vacation has been the time sink Twitter became so now that I’m getting back to somewhat “normal” I’m changing my use of micro-blogging services.

    Perhaps when I get more disciplined, like you are, then I’ll go back to chronicling tweets here (or what ever they are called on the micro-blogging service du jour)

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