MicroBlogging: born to be mobile?Thomas Menguy | April 8, 2008
The web is all about Twitter (and in a lesser Jaiku, acquired by Google) and what is now called microblogging.
What is interesting for us is that it is traditionally done …with a mobile phone! (Java or native client…or SMS, even the iPhone has a client).
Twitter allows you to post basically "what you are doing now" and engage conversations with friends on it using short messages ( less than 140 characters). Everything is aggregated with RSS feeds…and this is getting serious, with 1 million users now.
Graph found here, in this great article. It speaks for itself and show the shift from traditional blogging to "social blogging".
Here is a little Google trends about those platforms
Jaiku twitter tumblr seesmic
An Alexa graph gives the same information of page views:
Read one this post around the evolution of web publishing , summarized by this graph:
What this shift is meaning for the mobile space? Microblogging is highly social, personal and "impulsive", the preferred way to microblog is … on the go! Where you have to capture the instant, because this is it: it is about being instantaneous, quick reaction, without the heavy formalism of more traditional methods. Twitter is already used a lot through mobile phone, Jaiku is even more "phone oriented".
Seesmic is bringing the next step: video micro blogging, allowing reply, comments, around videos. I’m really not sure about seesmic’s success…but I was wrong about twitter (and to be honest I’m not sure to really get it…)…and microblogging with video is already coming to phones thanks to Qik, on S60 phones.
…something to follow, and certainly some acquisitions will pop up around this field.
[update] interesting schema from Fred Cavazza to sum up the main actors: