Have you ever gone years, or perhaps your whole life without hearing or reading a particular word, then one day you wake up, and hear that word constantly?
For me the word was luddite – one of a group of early 19th century English workmen destroying laborsaving machinery as a protest; or, one who is opposed to technological change <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Luddite>.
I hadn’t heard anyone use that word since I was studying for the SATs in high school. Then one morning I wake up, and it’s everywhere!
… now to get to my point.
Twitter, the most popular site for micro-blogging, allows any user to post entries that are up to 140 character. It has been around for a while, and many people have discussed their preference for the shorter format. It is just another option for personal publication on the Internet.
A few weeks ago, Wired Magazine (Yes, I am going to use Wired as a punching bag again) put out this article: Twitter, Flickr, Facebook Make Blogs Look So 2004, and everyone went nuts! Wherever I go: work, school, social outings, blogs, and news sites I am hearing about the death of blogging.
Now, I am beginning to wonder if Wired intentionally publishes dreck like this to stir a controversy, or if they really are losing their grip on reality. Either way, the controversy is out there.
The answer is blogging isn’t dead. Period.
Social media and the Internet are evolving. New methods of communication are being developed, but the old ones don’t perish when the new arrive. Old fashion, non-social web sites are still extremely prolific in a post blogging Internet. Blogs will continue to exist happily in a world with Twitter.
Everyone needs to calm down and realize there is enough bandwidth for everyone.