Twitter Is Empowering The Blogosphere

Filed as Editorial on March 9, 2009 5:33 am

Twit’st’ser is cert’sainly dominat’sing t’she blogosphere right’s now. I’m reading about’s t’she business model (local is t’she new black, as you very well know), about’s why we should be happy t’shat’s brands are t’shere, about’s t’she new search funct’sionalit’sy, and it’s just’s goes on from t’shere.

Is it’s indeed killing blogging?

Of course not’s. Twit’st’ser is microblogging, which in it’sself is empowering blogging, and t’shat’s is a t’sruly good t’shing.

It’s’s pret’st’sy simple really. You can easily send a flimsy t’shought’s t’so your followers using Twit’st’ser. The ease is unrivaled, a t’sext’s message and it’s’s t’shere for t’she world t’so see, or a mere click in your favorit’se Twit’st’ser app. That’s, and t’she 140 charact’ser cap, is making us communicat’se t’shings t’shat’s ot’sherwise might’s’ve been blog post’ss. One could argue t’shat’s it’s would indeed be proof of t’shat’s whole “killing blogging” reasoning, but’s it’s is in fact’s t’she opposit’se.

Most’s t’sweet’ss are short’s, unint’serest’sing and unpolished nugget’ss. Somet’simes t’shey are brilliant’s, but’s most’s oft’sen t’shey are not’s. Every lit’st’sle t’shought’s t’shat’s ends up on Twit’st’ser is a blog post’s not’s writ’st’sen, and since most’s of t’she t’sweet’ss are unpolished nonsense, it’s really isn’t’s a loss for t’sradit’sional blogging.

So what’s about’s t’she excellent’s, almost’s genius, t’sweet’ss of brilliance?

They oft’sen become blog post’ss, one way or t’she ot’sher, and get’st’sing polished in t’she process.

Twit’st’ser is great’s, I love it’s (follow me and t’she Blog Herald if you will), and I use it’s for communicat’sion and for t’shings t’shat’s I just’s don’t’s feel like blogging about’s. You should t’soo, if you feel like having an out’slet’s for all t’she st’suff t’shat’s won’t’s make it’s t’so your blog.

The fact’s t’shat’s Twit’st’ser is more accessible, act’sually makes t’she blog post’ss t’shat’s in fact’s do get’s writ’st’sen and published bet’st’ser. Sounds reasonable enough?

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  1. By Bloggeries posted on March 9, 2009 at 6:30 am
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    I have to agree. Many thoughts that are just that thoughts get sent out into Twitter all the time. Most of the time they wouldn’t justify a full post and the author doesn’t have to do the same reasearch etc… involved with a good post.

    That said when are you going to add the “Retweet This” app found on many other blogs? I Just retweeted this through Twitter and found you that way. I’m sure many would retweet from here.

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  2. By Thord Daniel Hedengren posted on March 9, 2009 at 6:42 am
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    Thanks for the comment! Yep, we’ll add a retweet link soonish. :)

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  3. By jan_geronimo posted on March 9, 2009 at 6:46 am
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    The other night I used twitter as comment sniping tool. I placed as a third commenter on a highly trafficked blog, which was odd because I generally end up on the tail end of any blog post discussion.

    Any thought that ends up on Twitter is a blog post not written. How very true. That’s why I like cooling my heels there. To hear voices other than your own – writing posts generally engender too much self absorption – is a cool and cheap way to unwind.

    And of course I’d be a hypocrite if I don’t admit I trawl twitterville for those nuggets of unpolished thoughts for my own blog post ideas. And to strike a pose and be seen – this too. :)

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  4. By BookCrazy posted on March 9, 2009 at 7:32 am
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    I had recently written a post on my blog – Is it the end of Blogging. I had argued that blogging is too powerful a tool to be taken over by tweets or for that matter youtube and facebook. While the latter two are entirely disconnected, twitter deserves a look.

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  5. By Lisa Quinn posted on March 9, 2009 at 9:29 am
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    Thank you so much for writing this blog. Recently I have been reading all over the net how Twitter is killing blogs. If anything, Twitter should be used as a type of article marketing function. Utilizing Twitter in the correct manner will widen a blogger’s exposure. Another great site for bloggers is eZanga’s social network, http://www.HopOnThis.com. Right now they are running a blogging contest to get their users to generate content. It’s time to reinvent and empower the blogger.

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  6. By Tumblemoose posted on March 9, 2009 at 11:32 pm
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    “I am stuck on Twitter-Brand ’cause Twitter’s stuck on me.”

    I do love it for all of the serious stuff, the goofy stuff, the inane stuff, the social stuff – all of it.

    Cheers

    George aka @tumblemoose

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  7. By Peter posted on March 10, 2009 at 6:32 pm
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    “Any thought that ends up on Twitter is a blog post not written.”

    Not for me… Either I Twitter what I don’t have time to work out into a blogpost. Or I twitter something that later I rework into a full fledged blogpost…

    P. aka @theroadto

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  8. By Ari Herzog posted on March 14, 2009 at 12:32 am
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    Don’t forget mini blogs.

    If you click my name above, you will see my blog. If you visit http://twitter.com/ariherzog, you see my micro blog. But if you go to http://ariwriter.posterous.com, you see my mini blog.

    In the end, it doesn’t matter where content is as long as people are reading it, interacting with you, and/or gaining value. Isn’t that the point?

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  9. By Peter posted on June 17, 2009 at 12:36 am
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    It really depends how you use Twitter.

    Here is a simple case study of how Twitter can increase the traffic on your blog: http://www.blogtips.org/using-twitter-in-function-of-your-blog-in-3-easy-steps/

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