May 17, 2008

Age of Microblogging

Micro-blogging is a form of blogging that allows users to write brief text updates (usually less than 200 characters) and publish them, either to be viewed by anyone or by a restricted group which can be chosen by the user. These messages can be submitted by a variety of means, including text messaging, instant messaging, email, MP3 or the web. - Definition by Wikipedia

They are much popular and their frequency of updates are much higher than the regular blogs. Since the updates are very brief, the information is transferred to the point and in summarized form. Even sharing the contents like images, URLs, multimedia etc is very easy as micro-blogging services are integrated with the main applications.
The most popular service is called Twitter, which was launched nearly 2 years back and it won various awards for the element of Innovation and Usefulness. It has the potential to outbreak with any other application and can be expanded to various uses. Recently, it came in news as Chinese tweets the Earthquake disaster within few minutes. All updates are in real time and can even fly through SMS too. Many developers across the universe see it as a potential tool to feed information and therefore developing many applications and APIs which even we can use in our application. Just need that sense of innovation in us. ;) Even @Hillary and @Obama used it in their political campaigning and @Dell for its customer relations. So where are you on twitter?? @anjulsahu

Another notable services are pownce, tumblr, jaiku (now acquired by Google). Status updates are becoming so popular that social networks like Facebook, Orkut, MySpace etc are using them in their applications. I hope soon we have twitter integrated with Orkut too. It's already available on FB and MySpace.
With increasing services, their related applications are also increasing evidently like right now there are 209 twitter apps and growing.
Recently Business Week wrote an article on twitter - "Why Twitter Matters".
Those 140 chars of yours can be a root for a revolution and can even manage your life.

Happy Tweeting!!

1 comment:

India said... is a india specific microblog