When to Twitter, when to blog?
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?