Microblogging is just like traditional blogging, except the posts tend to be short and to the point. Microblogs are typically personal blogs, where individuals just state what they are doig or planning to do shortly. Matt George from Australia says he keeps his posts at 50 words or less because” I keep them short and sweet – just like my men!” You can view his microblog at http://www.matt-george.me
A number of microblogging platforms are available but there is nothing to stop people from using traditional blogging platforms like WordPress to create microblogs. It takes a lot of skill to keep readers engaged with short blog posts so most microbloggers use pictures and videos to hold readers attention. Clever, witty microbloggers don’t have a problem attracting readers who don’t necessarily have the time or inclination to read long, rambling posts.
Twitter is often refered to as a microblog but this is inaccurate. A microblog is a freestanding blog that a person can attach their own domain name to and add videos and pictures. The only similarity with Twitter and microblogs is the post size, Twitter is not a blogging platform. Social media posts are really status updates, not blog posts.
Microblogging is the new, informal communication medium that’s taking over the Internet. Both organizations and private citizens are posting short, daily updates to their readers, never bothering to write long blog posts.