Microblogging?

Yes, there is blogging AND there is microblogging! The difference between blogging and microblogging is the length. Microblogging limits you to how much you can say. Twitter, a form of microblogging, gives you 140 characters and when you go over the count turns red and bold to let you know.

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Microblogging has been around for a long time. An article from 2008 says “The second trend I see emerging is the increased use of video in micro-blogging platforms. While text provides an easier means of communicating today, video will become an increasingly common communications platform over the next decade. To get to this point, though, video technology must become more ubiquitous in our devices and wireless pipes need to grow a bit—no short order, perhaps, but the day will come.” (http://mashable.com/2008/05/15/micro-blogging/) Oh, that day did come! Most of my Twitter feed is videos and it’s a great marketing tool for companies to create a vine and post it on Twitter! To learn 10 interesting facts about Twitter go to this link: http://mashable.com/2014/02/23/twitter-facts/ It doesn’t have much to do with microblogging, but it is honestly very interesting.

The book talks about Twitter, Tumblr and other similar sites as being microblogs. Twitter is the only one I use, and that is why I talked about it. I downloaded Tumblr to my phone, but I just haven’t messed with it yet. When I started to really think about how I only use one form of a microblog with so many listed in the book, I realized that I do use another one, SNAPCHAT! I honestly don’t know if it really qualifies as a microblog, but it restricts the amount of words you can type, which is what microblogging is defined as. With Twitter and other microblogging sites, your characters are limited, but you can see them forever. With Snapchat your characters and how long you can see it is restricted. The MyStory feature is a photo/video blog that only lasts for 24 hours.

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