I've found a use for microblogging (Twitter etc.)
I'm still not sure I entirely understand all the fuss about Twitter. Microblogging feels like an exhibitionist version of cell phone texting: “Look everyone, I'm eating something yummy right now”. It occupies a curious niche between instant messaging, chat rooms, and blogging. But, looking for a good way of blogging links, I've found that it fits my needs perfectly:
- New entries are simple to create. For link blogs, one only needs a short description and a link.
- By exporting to RSS or Atom, I can include the link blog in the side bar of my main blog.
I initially tried Twitter, but it turns URLs into micro-URLs such as http://bit.ly/zd5p0. By introducing another level of indirection, linking becomes a lot more brittle: Should bit.ly ever shut down, all my links would be lost. Thus, I looked at Plurk
, but finally decided on FriendFeed
, because it does not have a limit on how long one's text can be.