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How Twitter is Making Blogging Better

In the comments to CK’s post about my media sponsorship policy, she recommended that I open up a forum on my blog during events that I cover for others to interact, ask questions, take polls, and bring the events to life as much as possible on the blog. I have tried doing this to some degree, but as I noted back to CK, Twitter’s much more effective for this.

This is just one way Twitter’s making blogging better. Here’s a quick recap. I welcome your ideas in the comments, whether you agree or disagree.

  • Bloggers post their quick thoughts and links on Twitter so they don’t need to post them on their blogs.
  • Bloggers get feedback from people who can reply instantly from wherever they want rather than going to the blog and taking the time to compose a comment.
  • Bloggers can engage in real-time dialogues with their readers and followers rather than the time-shifted conversation on the blog. This further narrows the gap and deepens the relationship between bloggers and their audiences.

And here’s one way Twitter can make blogging worse:

  • One prominent blogger, who I won’t call out here, includes a daily summary of his Twitter posts on his blog. Very few of those posts are worth syndicating. They only make sense if you follow him. I find myself reading his blog less now because of it.

I do think the pros outweigh the cons though. It’s the classic paradigm: it’s not the tool; it’s how you use it.

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    May 3, 2008

    David, I agree. The real time exchanges that Twitter allows does change up the converational dynamic for the better. And yes, like most everything else about the internet “It’s not the tool; it’s how you use it.”
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    May 5, 2008

    I too am puzzled by bloggers posting their Twitter feed. It strikes me as throwing content up on a blog for the simple reason that you can. That said, Twitter has become a larger part of my daily communication lately, so, as of this morning, I’ve added my Twitter feed to my Facebook profile. The difference: Only friends are viewing my Facebook info.

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    May 5, 2008

    There’s another big difference: people will scan a Facebook profile, but people will subscribe to or read a blog, so on FB it’s easy to skip over the Twitter feed, the zombies, and the “what real housewife of the OC are you”.

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