Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Is Blogging Being Replaced by Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr?

I came across this post on Wired in which Paul Boutin mentions that people should pull the plug on their blogs if they already have one, and stop considering launching one altogether if you were previously thinking about it.

Part of his reasoning here is that it is almost impossible now to get noticed because of cut-rate journalists who are now drowning out the voices of the few authentic amateur wordsmiths. He believes that you are better off investing your time with other social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. The Technorati list of top 100 blogs includes some of the more professional blogs like the Huffington Post, TreeHugger, and others. Most of the personal blog sites have been shoved aside by these professional ones.

Audiences are slowly turning away from text-based sites and are instead turning to social media sites that incorporate pictures, audio, video clips, and other multimedia. It will be interesting to see how blogs will be affected over the next couple of years. Do you agree that blogs are going out of style and are being replaced by social multimedia sites?


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1 comment:

Scott Dodds (Lithium) said...

Hmm, I'm not ready to announce the death of the blog yet. That seems believable only if you consider blogs to be a passing fad, ready to be replaced by the newest novelty.

But there is some truth to the fact that blogs may have hit a plateau of sorts. I think blogging, twitter, flickr, etc. all cater to different kinds of participation. We're learning its not a one-size-fits-all approach to social media, and we need to match our tools with our communities and our objectives.