To Tweet or Blog?

Do you Twitter, blog, or both?Before the rise of Twitter, bloggers wrote to their heart’s content, be it a short paragraph or longer, more elaborate entries with lots of detail and thought.  With Twitter’s arrival, people could tell the world within 140 characters what they were doing right now.  Does Twitter spell the end of blogging?

Not a chance.

Blogging, an evolutionary step from journal writing, cannot go away because of the character limitations inherent in Twitter’s design.  It comes as no surprise to me that people who write multiple Tweets complete their torrent by saying, “I probably should have written all this in a blog.”  A blog (a contraction of the term “web log”) allows us to write complete stories about anything we want.  Our limitation, therefore, rests in our ability to come up with what to write about.

Please retweetHow does Tweeting fit into the scheme of things?  While details are not immediately paramount to what we want to communicate through Twitter, the ability to catch peoples’ attention with our Tweets is.  In other words, a Tweet serves as an eye-catching headline.  Furthermore, Twitter developers and people who Tweet many times per day recommend that people should make their Tweets shorter than 140 characters for two reasons: to allow others to Re-Tweet a Tweet, and to allow for a link to a website that goes into further detail about the Tweet.

Bloggers have successfully communicated with others before Twitter’s arrival, and they will remain a presence the blogosphere.  On the other hand, people who have never written a single blog have embraced Twitter and have let the world know what is on their minds in 140-character increments.  The most ideal union, however, is a Tweeting blogger: a person that uses Twitter to generate interest for their blog.

Do you use Twitter, write a blog, or both?

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Francis M. Unson

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3 Responses to “To Tweet or Blog?”

  1. sarahbaram Says:

    If anything, Twitter is a great tool for bloggers. I use it to keep in touch with readers when I am not releasing a post. It lets them know what I am thinking of writing, and in some cases, gives them input on what I write.

    • Francis Unson Says:

      I agree. Twitter definitely serves a niche as a means of instant communication. There are expectations, unwritten or otherwise, when writing a blog such as, for starters, the length of the prose. The idea of writing a one-line blog entry is ludicrous.

      I had not thought about using the input from readers about what to write. That will make coming up with what to write about much easier. Thanks for the idea!

  2. jakyastikpress Says:

    I guess, twitter is not my thing. I prefer blogging as for now and for always.

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