Facebook and Twitter Replacing Blogging?

A recent report by Forbes made the claim that [Facebook and Twitter are replacing blogging](http://blogs.forbes.com/jeffbercovici/2010/11/04/how-facebook-and-twitter-are-replacing-blogging/), citing a Technorati’s recently released [“State of the Blogosphere” report](http://technorati.com/blogging/feature/state-of-the-blogosphere-2010/).
Danny Brown [attempts to debunk this conclusion](http://dannybrown.me/2010/11/08/facebook-twitter-replacing-blogging/) stating that Twitter and Facebook effectively *can’t* replace blogging because they are 3rd party applications, and that people are drawn to blogging for the control it offers:
> Twitter and Facebook are third-party sites, and as such you’re governed by their Terms and Conditions. If they want to change how their service is provided (and they often do), you’re screwed. You have to abide by their rules and how they want you to use the platform.
> Twitter, while undoubtedly one of my favourite platforms, is still limited by its character count. Yes, you can be focused and make sure every tweet counts, but you still need multiple messages to carry a conversation; make a point; correct facts; and more.
Your blog is your property (at least self-hosted blogs are). You can post whatever you want, in whatever way you want, and not be restricted by length.
> Until the micro-blogging platforms offer that kind of control and ownership, then blogging will continue to be the only way to share your message the way you want it to be shared. Facebook and Twitter replacing blogging? Not for this blogger. You?
Its good to see someone step up to the plate to say Forbes analysis is wrong, because it is, but so to is Danny Brown’s. Both assume that Twitter, Facebook and blogging are all different flavors of the same thing. In fact, the term “micro-blogging” as it applies to Twitter, and I suppose Facebook, does a disservice to both Twitter and blogging because it says that the only thing that differentiates them is a character limit.
The difference between the two however is far more fundamental. Blogging is a form of *publishing* (in the more old-world-media sense of the word), and while one could think of Twitter as a form of publishing limited to 140 characters, Twitter is better described as a form of *messaging*. In this way Twitter does not compete with blogging directly. In fact the idea that someone is out there choosing one over the other is kinda of absurd because it would lead to a world that looked like this:

Twitter vs Bloggers (Wrong)

When in reality the world looks more like this:

Twitter vs Bloggers (Correct)

Twitter and Facebook are an evolution of instant messaging, and even email. It is how people are increasingly choosing to connect with other individuals and groups. As such it makes sense that it is growing at a pace that far exceeds that of blogging because as a medium it is far more accessible, and comes with zero obligation to participate.


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