Microblogging is a form of blogging. A microblog differs from a traditional blog in that its content is typically much smaller, in both actual size and aggregate file size. A microblog entry could consist of nothing but a short sentence fragment, or an image or embedded video.
Microblogs are basically minuaturized blogs, where you can only use a limited number of text, sometimes embed images, audio and video from other sites, compared to blogs like this one.
Some of the more popular microblogging sites are:
- Twitter – which limit their user to use only 140 characters.
- Tumblr – users can post text, images, video, links, quotes, and audio, the name was derived frm the word “tumblelog”.
- Plurk – similar to twitter, the site requires users to compress their message to 140 characters but the site is also considered as a social networking site.
- Foursquare – another social networking site first, microblogging second, you can also access or update your status via mobile device.
- Meme – a microblogging site which is now part of Yahoo!. Like tumblr, you can post text, photo, audio or video on your wall.
Other notable microblogging sites are emote.in, Squeelr, Beeing, Yammer, Jaiku, Identi.ca and yes even facebook. But Facebook is more of a social networking site first than microblogging.
For me, I’m on twitter but I seldom check or login to my twitter account. Incase you want to follow me, you can add me up at http://twitter.com/teknisyan.
How about you? Are you using any of these microblogging sites or you are already using it without you knowing it?
Last modified: May 1, 2010