Is Twitter Killing Blogs?
It's a common refrain in the Twitterverse: "My blog is dying!" When users can cut to the 140-character chase so quickly and so easily, they may start to wonder whether all those words they poured into their weblogs for years were a few thousand too many.
Not only that, but Twitter users quickly find that they get a lot more feedback on their Tweets than they get on their blogs. No one wants to rant into a void, and feedback is universally gratifying. Before long, hard-core bloggers find themselves Twittering (or Facebooking) more, and blogging less.
Despite the general truthiness of the observation, a recent piece by Wired's Paul Boutin: Twitter, Flickr, Facebook Make Blogs Look So 2004, is causing a bit of a stir on the social networks for prematurely declaring that blogs are dead. Social networks are claiming that Boutin's point is either A) ridiculous or B) elitist (not sure I see how it's elitist, but there you go).
But blogging isn't dead -- these mediums serve different purposes. Not everything that needs saying can be said with snack-sized posts - some ideas need more explication. I think what we'll find is that people will settle into a pattern where simple links - accompanied or not by snarky observations -- go into the Twitter/Facebook bucket, while fully-formed ideas go to the blog. Not to mention the fact that "blogs" also serve another, possibly more important function as mini-publications, which may or may not be "bloggy" at all.
Blogging is changing form as people figure out the new tools, and how to apply the right tool to the right job.
The lines are drawn, but they're also getting blurry. The difference between a Twitter stream, a Friend Feed, a blog entry, and an article is all about what you put into it. Don't get too hung up on what it's called - interesting content is interesting content, no matter the means of distribution.