Are blogs really dead?

Some have argued that blogs have had their day, for example: Twitter, Flickr, Facebook Make Blogs Look So 2004.

A blog (a contraction of the term weblog) is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary …

I still think that some topics need more than 140 characters, and some topics call for a narrative integration & dialogue not open to us in many of the briefer social media platforms like Twitter or Facebook posts.

But perhaps we are seeing a move away from the old fashioned blog – e.g. Blogger, Movable Type or WordPress – for some users?

Along side this we are seeing the evolution of newer platforms like Tumblr and Posterous that are changing the way we can easily share different forms of content. They seem to sit between a short message sharing medium and a traditional blog, and they also easily incorporate multimedia content.

Seeing how all this will feed into other new stuff (like Google Wave) is going to be very interesting.

You can check out my Posterous – have been signed up for ages but had not really played with it much until recently.

NB: I am conscious of the irony inherent in a discussion about the death of blogs on a blog – it’s almost as amusing as reporting the death of newspapers in a newspaper 😉

Author: Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is certified in information security and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies terrorism and security. Kate has extensive experience in senior roles in ICT, marketing, data and digital; and is a member of the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. Kate is currently working at the intersection of data analytics, AI, ML, privacy, cyber security, and data protection.

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  2. I’ve been using facebook for a little while, but frankly am getting pretty irritated with it. Too much clutter, both visually and with all the interaction.

    Posterous looks interesting. I can see the advantage in being able to post via email, e.g., if you’re travelling in a third world country, and not having to open an account.

    Having said that, Typepad (which I use for my blog) offers email posting as well. (I just haven’t worked out how to use it yet, but that’s another story.) And the support is great.


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