What in the World is Micro-blogging?

Well, ok after my post the other day on Twitter, the question of the day today is “What is Micro-blogging?” I believe that post contains a link on micro-blogging but if you didn’t catch that, check out the following from Wikipedia:

Micro-blogging is a form of blogging that allows users to write brief text updates [usually 140 characters] and publish them, either to be viewed by anyone or by a restricted group which can be chosen by the user. These messages can be submitted by a variety of means, including text messaging, instant messaging, email, MP3 or the web.

The most popular service is Twitter, which was launched in July 2006 and won the Web Award in the blog category at the 2007 South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas. The main competitor to Twitter has been Jaiku [although this has since been acquired by Google and closed public registrations].

Recently, however, many new services, with the same feature of micro-blogging are being born. Digg founder Kevin Rose, together with three other developers recently launched a service called Pownce, which integrates micro-blogging with file-sharing and event invitations.

Microblogging services which seek to add to the minimalism of raw microblogging include Spoink and Plurk. Spoink released a multimedia micro-blogging service that integrates blogging, podcasting, telephony and SMS texting and supports all major mobile audio, video and picture formats. Plurk utilizes a rich interface and horizontal time-line to add a spatial dimension to microblogging.

Rakawa projects micro-blogging to another level, which is to document and inform about daily accomplishments of the users, based on the question “What have you achieved today?” and inspired by the work of the conceptual artist On Kawara.

The popular social networking websites Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn also have a micro-blogging feature, called “status update”.

In May, 2007, an article counted a total of 111 Twitter-like sites internationally. Potentially this is set to explode as open source contender identi.ca launched in July 2008, built on an open microblogging tool, Laconica. By releasing this tool it seeks to create a distributed microblogging system which will negate the negative effects notoriously experienced by Twitter of service downtime based on busy usage.

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