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Twitter is killing blogging, according to an article by the editor of TechGuardian Charles Arthur. Blogs are withering off the face of the internet and it’s the fault of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, he claims.

His article follows up a New York Times story ‘Blogs falling in an empty forest‘ which flashed some statistics from a 2008 Technorati survey: only 7.4 million out of the 133 million blogs the search engine tracks had been updated in the past 120 days. That works out as 95 percent of blogs being essentially abandoned.

Arthur backs up the stats with some anecdotal evidence about dried-up blog feeds, as the tech web-logs he follows curl up and die.

Why? Because it’s easier to tweet, he thinks. Tweeting is shorter, and we are lazy.

It’s an opinion backed up by a quick twitterview conducted with popular London blogger: www.themanwhofellasleep.com now @themanwhofell – who has just called shots on his website and directs followers to his twitterfeed. Why is Twitter better?

They are very different beasts” he responded “- it’s like comparing texting with phone calls. Personally I like Twitter because I’m lazy.” – Fair enough.

So by way of explanation, I’ve pulled out photoshop out and done a few, errr, ‘illustrations’ of the 5 reasons Tweets are doing better than Blogs.

1. Easier to write

1. Easier to write

It’s 11.30pm, it’s been a hard day at work and your eyes hurt, do you really want to turn your laptop on and make yourself write two paragraphs of something witty and insightful? If you do, congratulations, you’re a great person, but wouldn’t it be easier just pick up your smartphone, open the twitter app and tweet out something nice and simple like… “It’s 11.30pm and my eyes hurt. Ow. I’m going to bed.” Yes. It would be easier. Initially people thought it was hard that tweets were short – “how can I fit everything I want to say into 140 characters?” – anyone who’s on Twitter will know that it’s worryingly easy.

2. Easier to Read

2. Easier to Read

Did I mention that tweets are only 140 characters? That means they are short and that means they are easier to read. Even when they are written in garbled txt tlk.

3. People Reply

3. People Reply

You do get comments on blogs and blog-followers etc, but people reply a lot more on twitter because the site is set up to be conversational. Blogs are a bit more like someone standing up and giving a speech for 10 minutes and then asking “any questions?” at the end. It’s nice to get replies, it’s like someone is listening to your ramblings. This is encouraging.

4. Everyones There

4. Everyone's There

Oprah, Shaq, NY Hudson River crash, wild fires in Australia, Iranian democracy fighters, the world is on Twitter. With Twitter, you’re in the cascading waterfall of information flow, but with a start-up amateur blog, unless you have a following from somewhere else, you begin in a quiet backwater and it’s not that easy for people to find you.

5. Less Personally Revealing

5. Less Personally Revealing

Not all blogs are personal, but a lot of them are, and for a blogger, baring your soul to a random audience every night can get wearing … and sometimes land you in hot water if people start to figure out who you are. Because Twitter is more conversational, and often about sharing links and thoughts, rather than being like a diary it takes less personal effort. And thanks to incidents like the Times revealing the identity of police blogger Nightjack, you can’t take it for granted that your anonymous insider-scoop blog will stay anonymous.

kthxbai

kthxbai

Win for Twitter? maybe. But I don’t think long-form blogging will die. People will still want to write things longer than 140 characters.

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