Microblogging as replacement for blogging? Hogwash!
Those of you who know me, or at least have read this blog a fair bit, know I use Twitter. A lot. Twitter is commonly known as microblogging, which has begged the question often in the past year: will microblogging, specifically Twitter, replace blogging?
The answer, obvious to me, is no. Twitter messages (“Tweets”), limited to 140 characters, cannot convey the kind of detail a blog post or other medium can. Twitter can replace some of the more trivial, quickie posts that many bloggers write (Instapundit , though not a trivial blog, comes to mind), but it also serves as a linkway to the more substantial blogposts, be they our own or someone else’s. In fact, I call Twitter my “hub” for all my media.
If the words spill off the page, get a bigger book
This came up to me a few days ago, when I was trying to follow a conversation which took place across many Tweets– and kept going. The point was, I couldn’t follow it, prompting this from me:
“There comes a pt in Twitter conv’s where it makes more sense to put it all in a blog post & link. Equiv of stop email & get on the phone!”
Well, of course, the ever astute Beth Kanter asked me:
@dough have u written a post about when u stop twitter and blog it?
Erm, no. Until now.
The formula, however, is simple to me, and implied above; if you can’t fit your thoughts in 140 characters, introduce the topic on Twitter and link back to a blog post or other media.
What’s your take? Does Twitter replace blogs at all? Do you mix your media and link it all through each other as one? When does one medium become useless, making it time to move your conversation elsewhere?
1) Earth hour: Google leads the way in environmental conscientiousness by going to an energy-saving black homepage. I was so impresses I printed out 50 copies for my friends. Make that 36- I ran out of ink
2) The Great Tweeterboard Outage of 2008 leaves dozens of Twitter addicts unsure of where they stand in the community. The “forced conversation as a cheap way to gain social status” movement is dealt a serious blow.
3) The world is truly coming to an end: a search for the common word “dough” on Google turns up a Twitter page (mine) as the 5th result. Is that just plain nuts, completely useless, or both?
4) Bum Rush the Charts hits the memes again, as The Age of Conversation has attempted to climb the Amazon rankings today (March 29, 2008), with proceeds going to charity. What other Bum Rush campaign do I envision?
- Bum Rickroll the charts: Game iTunes so that purchasers of the top 10 tunes all end up getting Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna give You Up.” Seriously, with all the “Rickrolling” going on lately, has Rick Astley benefitted? Let’s get that boy some royalties!
5) Taxes or WordPress upgrade? The blogging world is brought to a halt by the release of WordPress 2.5, causing an Internet stoppage more powerful than any denial-of service attack could even dream of.
While I’m at it: the “Our Hour” reference comes from “Our Hour (The Puppy Love Song)” by Spike Jones and his City Slickers.
I have reached the next big step in training for the Pan Mass Challenge: getting my bike tuned up and repaired. My 17-year-old ride is not yet ready to retire (I hope).
The Pan Mass Challenge is a 2-day, 160-mile ride to raise money for the Jimmy Fund, an organization that supports treatment and research for cancer in children.
I plan to do posts along the way to show my training in progress, and produce more media during the ride itself- should be fun!
If you feel so inclined, please sponsor my ride. I only need 292 of you to donate $10 each to reach my goal!
To sponsor, go directly to the PMC site at: http://www.pmc.org/…ftinfo.asp, or go to www.DougHaslam.com and use the "ChipIn" widget at the right to use PayPal.
Those of us in social media, particularly the marketing and communications practitioners, have long been aware of The Age of Conversation, a collaborative book in which 100 marketing authors bring one page of their ideas on the topic of “conversation.” the book is a remarkable exercise in mobilizing a passionate community of marketers into producing a single document.
Now, the book is coming out print, and the editors, Gavin Heaton and Drew McLellan, are donating all proceeds to Variety, the Children’s Charity. To publicize this, the authors have planned a “Bum Rush the Charts” style assault on Amazon.com, to try to move the book up the charts for a single day.
How do you participate?
This effort is named for the “Bum Rush the Charts” effort of a year ago, in which the online communities successfully placed a song by the band Black Lab on the iTunes charts for a day.
Why do I care? Aside from working in the industry and knowing several of the authors personally, I decided to sign up to contribute to “The Age of Conversation II.” I’m looking forward to joining my colleagues in the industry to continue the success of this experiment. If nothing else, it keeps us all thinking about how we approach the changing media world and use the evolving communications tools in our lives and livelihoods.
here is a full list of Age of Conversation II contributors:
Adam Crowe, Adrian Ho, Aki Spicer, Alex Henault, Amy Jussel, Andrew Odom, Andy Nulman, Andy Sernovitz, Andy Whitlock, Angela Maiers, Ann Handley, Anna Farmery, Armando Alves, Arun Rajagopal, Asi Sharabi, Becky Carroll, Becky McCray, Bernie Scheffler, Bill Gammell, Bob Carlton, Bob LeDrew, Brad Shorr, Bradley Spitzer, Brandon Murphy, Branislav Peric, Brent Dixon, Brett Macfarlane, Brian Reich, C.C. Chapman, Cam Beck, Casper Willer, Cathleen Rittereiser, Cathryn Hrudicka, Cedric Giorgi, Charles Sipe, Chris Kieff, Chris Cree, Chris Wilson, Christina Kerley (CK), C.B. Whittemore, Clay Parker Jones, Chris Brown, Colin McKay, Connie Bensen, Connie Reece, Cord Silverstein, Corentin Monot, Craig Wilson, Daniel Honigman, Dan Goldstein, Dan Schawbel, Dana VanDen Heuvel, Dan Sitter, Daria Radota Rasmussen, Darren Herman, Darryl Patterson, Dave Davison, Dave Origano, David Armano, David Bausola, David Berkowitz, David Brazeal, David Koopmans, David Meerman Scott, David Petherick, David Reich, David Weinfeld, David Zinger, Deanna Gernert, Deborah Brown, Dennis Price, Derrick Kwa, Dino Demopoulos, Doug Haslam, Doug Meacham, Doug Mitchell, Douglas Hanna, Douglas Karr, Drew McLellan, Duane Brown, Dustin Jacobsen, Dylan Viner, Ed Brenegar, Ed Cotton, Efrain Mendicuti, Ellen Weber, Emily Reed, Eric Peterson, Eric Nehrlich, Ernie Mosteller, Faris Yakob, Fernanda Romano, Francis Anderson, G. Kofi Annan, Gareth Kay, Gary Cohen, Gaurav Mishra, Gavin Heaton, Geert Desager, George Jenkins, G.L. Hoffman, Gianandrea Facchini, Gordon Whitehead, Graham Hill, Greg Verdino, Gretel Going, Hillel Cooperman, Hugh Weber, J. Erik Potter, J.C. Hutchins, James Gordon-Macintosh, Jamey Shiels, Jasmin Tragas, Jason Oke, Jay Ehret, Jeanne Dininni, Jeff De Cagna, Jeff Gwynne, Jeff Noble, Jeff Wallace, Jennifer Warwick, Jenny Meade, Jeremy Fuksa, Jeremy Heilpern, Jeremy Middleton, Jeroen Verkroost, Jessica Hagy, Joanna Young, Joe Pulizzi, Joe Talbott, John Herrington, John Jantsch, John Moore, John Rosen, John Todor, Jon Burg, Jon Swanson, Jonathan Trenn, Jordan Behan, Julie Fleischer, Justin Flowers, Justin Foster, Karl Turley, Kate Trgovac, Katie Chatfield, Katie Konrath, Kenny Lauer, Keri Willenborg, Kevin Jessop, Kris Hoet, Krishna De, Kristin Gorski, Laura Fitton, Laurence Helene Borei, Lewis Green, Lois Kelly, Lori Magno, Louise Barnes-Johnston, Louise Mangan, Louise Manning, Luc Debaisieux, Marcus Brown, Mario Vellandi, Mark Blair, Mark Earls, Mark Goren, Mark Hancock, Mark Lewis, Mark McGuinness, Mark McSpadden, Matt Dickman, Matt J. McDonald, Matt Moore, Michael Hawkins, Michael Karnjanaprakorn, Michelle Lamar, Mike Arauz, Mike McAllen, Mike Sansone, Mitch Joel, Monica Wright, Nathan Gilliatt, Nathan Snell, Neil Perkin, Nettie Hartsock, Nick Rice, Oleksandr Skorokhod, Ozgur Alaz, Paul Chaney, Paul Hebert, Paul Isakson, Paul Marobella, Paul McEnany, Paul Tedesco, Paul Williams, Pet Campbell, Pete Deutschman, Peter Corbett, Phil Gerbyshak, Phil Lewis, Phil Soden, Piet Wulleman, Rachel Steiner, Sreeraj Menon, Reginald Adkins, Richard Huntington, Rishi Desai, R.J. Northam, Rob Mortimer, Robert Hruzek, Roberta Rosenberg, Robyn McMaster, Roger von Oech, Rohit Bhargava, Ron Shevlin, Ryan Barrett, Ryan Karpeles, Ryan Rasmussen, Sam Huleatt, Sandy Renshaw, Scott Goodson, Scott Monty, Scott Townsend, Scott White, Sean Howard, Sean Scott, Seni Thomas, Seth Gaffney, Shama Hyder, Sheila Scarborough, Sheryl Steadman, Simon Payn, Sonia Simone, Spike Jones, Stanley Johnson, Stephen Collins, Stephen Cribbett, Stephen Landau, Stephen Smith, Steve Bannister, Steve Hardy, Steve Portigal, Steve Roesler, Steven Verbruggen, Steve Woodruff, Sue Edworthy, Susan Bird, Susan Gunelius, Susan Heywood, Tammy Lenski, Terrell Meek, Thomas Clifford, Thomas Knoll, Tiffany Kenyon, Tim Brunelle, Tim Buesing, Tim Connor, Tim Jackson, Tim Longhurst, Tim Mannveille, Tim Tyler, Timothy Johnson, Tinu Abayomi-Paul, Toby Bloomberg, Todd Andrlik, Troy Rutter, Troy Worman, Uwe Hook, Valeria Maltoni, Vandana Ahuja, Vanessa DiMauro, Veronique Rabuteau, Wayne Buckhanan, William Azaroff, Yves Van Landeghem
Time for another Social Media top 5, after another long week of being immersed in the biz:
Actually– a great idea– the resume needs an update, but people need to be careful to consider their audience– their potential employer– before trying to change the game. A good example of an opportunity for experimentation is what Mzinga (a company I am currently doing PR for) is doing to hire a couple of social media and PR-related positions.
2) Will urban dictionary allow PR people to update entries? I’ll wager an entry for “Steve Rubel” (noun or verb) will get thousands of votes in a matter of days..
3) Advertising ideas for Microsoft: look to successful ads and copy them, for example:
“Vista Freakout” — people walk into a computer retailer and are told that there is no Vista available
“Folgers test” – replace MAC Leopard OS with Vista and see if anyone notices
That should work.
4) By far the worst name for a social media application: “Profilactic.” Actually, it’s a very useful site (cited by Scott Monty in a recent MarketingProfs article) for harvesting your disparate online identities. Upcoming social media sites include:
Suppository.com – Where did you leave that profile info? Suppository.com will act as a constant reminder.
Lubricant.com – To ease the insertion of large multimedia files into even the tiniest social media sites.
Embarrassingitch.com – Erase any evidence of that ill-considered blog/Facebook/Twitter post you fell in love with after too many drinks.
A quick thought on all the social media networks, messaging tools, feeds and virtual worlds out there.
Of all the thousadns of messages out there, this one caught my eye.
Why? Random timing sure, but the question is bigger than FriendFeed.
My response: FriendFeed is a big Middle. There is no End. That’s based on my impression of how FriendFeed is working. People re-add their friends from other social networks to see all of their feeds in one place. Great! But for now I only go there to add people and respond to people following me. I haven’t figured out how I might process this information. Will there be a search function? Will other social networks and portals take the feed information and find ways to sort it for us? For now, it’s just a big middle; adding, being added and knowing that information is there, whether I do anything with it or not.
Of course, Dave responded with: “Aye, but now we have aggregator aggregators? What’s next?”
— Well, first, how about a FeindFeed to keep track of all the jerks and bad guys out there :)
Seriously, I feel all of these social media outlets are a big Middle. If people stop using one, it doesn’t “end,” the network just moves on. The important thing is I know where the people i want are, and where they are and how we can tap each other’s expertise, wit, friendship, connections and whatever else we are in this for. These are the little Endings I take out of the big Middle.
Middles can be wearying, but it’s those mini-Endings along the way that help us get stuff done.
Plus, Middle is good. Middle is the sandwich meat; Middle age is the new Young (I hope), and Middle C is an important part of any musical piece. Please add your own forced metaphors in the comments section.
Time for the weekly Social Media Top 5, a collection of japes, jeers, jerks, and general thoughts about social media, real and imagined.
1) First up, the big buzz at SXSW Interactive this past week was the keynote, in which Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was interviewed by BusinessWeek’s Sarah Lacy. Much of the crowd didn’t like how the interview went, and ended up revolting, expressing themselves vocally and through backchannels like Twitter.
(Photo is of a comparable event, the riot during the premiere of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”)
Judgements about the interview aside, I see a new trend developing: audiences changing interviews in real time. I dreamed up a few examples of how this mob-action could have changed a few notable interviews and speeches:
- A heckling audience of kilted caber-tossers intimidatesThe Scotsman’s Gerri Peev into agreeing to leave Samantha Power’s “Hillary is a monster” comment “off the record.”
The backchannel during Dan Rather’s 2003 interview with Saddam Hussein causes the Internet to crawl to a halt for a full week.
British Prime Minister is heckled into changing his 1938 speech on Czechoslovakia: “Ok, not ‘peace in our time.’ Peace to buy time? No?”
Seriously, it will be interesting to see if audience empowerment extends to other types of conferences.
These are nice, cute ideas turning screenshots from Digg, de.licio.us and other social media sites into love notes, such as this StumbleUpon bit:
However, I think they missed a few sites. My unsolicited contributions:
3) Amazon.com launched a new Facebook application, in an attempt to give Facebook members a taste of services they can’t find anywhere else– except on the public Internet.
5) The iPhone is ready for the enterprise. Executives will next force IT blessings on:
I guess I can say I have officially started training for the Pan Mass Challenge (http://www.pmc.org/) in August. The 160-mile bicycle ride across Massachusetts benefits the Jimmy Fund, helping research treatments and cures for cancer in children.
For now I am biking indoors at the YMCA to keep in shape. It’s much harder to keep up the intensity here than on a real bike, but it’s a start.
I am daunted by the ‘official’ training schedule, but I feel if I basically live on my bike starting in Spring and get a few long rides in, I’ll be OK.
To raise the money for my ride, I put a ‘ChipIn’ widget in the sidebar of the blog, to the right. If you feel so inclined, please click and donate a few dollars to help me reach my goal of ,400 (I have actually raised about 50 as of this writing, but am having trouble adding offline contributions to ChipIn). Thanks!