Microblogging….


First of all lets have an idea what Microblogging is. Microblogging is similar to blogging but it restricts the characters that can be entered in the post to 140-200 generally. But it is the same in that  people utilize it for both business and individual reasons where it allows the subscriber to broadcast short messages to the other subscribers. Subscribers can read microblog posts online or request that updates be delivered in real time to their desktop as an instant message or sent to a mobile device as a text message.

The most famous tool for microblogging is Twitter and according to a research conducted by Pear Analytics, a San Antonio-based research firm has discovered the following stats.

  • More than 37 percent of tweets were conversational
  • Almost 9 percent had pass-along value
  • Only 5.85 percent of tweets were for self-promotion

Other than Twitter there are many more microblogging tools in the space and some of them are as follows. And all these tools have their own functionality and they differs to each other.

  • Pownce – Other than sharing the messages it allows users to quickly and easily share links, files, or events with any or all of his/her contacts
  • Tumblr – Similar to Pownce, users can share a variety of things, including text, photos, quotes, links, chats, or even videos.
  • Jaiku – Twitter’s closest competitor and most features and functions are similar.
  • MySay – Instead of text updates, users call MySay and say how they are doing today. Then, friends or family can listen via phone, e-mail, or the web.
  • Hictu – A service for video microbloggers
  • Moodmil – A way to express your mood or current state of being. A sliding scale facilitates this process, while a quick text update completes the personalized service.
  • Frazr – Very similar to Twitter and the main difference is one of language. Frazr is focused primarily on the French and German markets.
  • IRateMyDay – allows you the ability to (yes, you guessed it) rate your day on a scale of ‘Worst’ to ‘Great’. Users can also provide a short text update to accompany the rating.
  • Emotioner – It is a way to gauge your happiness on a scale of 1-10 (decimals included). As the name touts, it is a way to express and share your emotions and feelings with those around you.

There are many celebrities who use Twitter to let their fans know what they are doing at the moment and where they are performing at the moment. Also in the United States, Presidential candidate Barack Obama microblogged from the campaign trail using TwitterBarrak Obama.  Though it is an immerging trend in the society and most people adopt this technology I see an unsecured side of microblogging. Because if you want to know what someone doing through microblogging you nedd to have a hand phone or a computer with the internet. And also I feel if someone want to abuse some person he/she can do it using that persons’ name and without that persons’ knowledge. But these things are ignored compared to the benefits it gives….

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    Kyle Stevenson said,

    Wow, I never knew there were so many microblogging platforms! I thought Twitter and Yammer was pretty much it, with a few stragglers hanging off the side…

    Interesting point you raised regarding security. That’s the price we pay when using social media… your life is placed in the public domain, for better or for worse. Sadly it’s becoming increasingly easier to spy on and stalk others online. Doesn’t mean everyone should clam up and switch off their computers, rather just exercise a little caution when online and take a moment to consider how much they should reveal. =)

    I wrote a blog post touching on some of those points here:
    http://kylestevenson.wordpress.com/2009/08/23/managing-your-online-identity/


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