As a result of moving to the new domain and blog identity I’ve been going through my old posts cleaning up URLs and tags. Through this process I’ve been finding posts that I really liked when I first wrote them and think that still apply at this point in time. So I have decided to repost them as part of a regular Sunday feature, well at least until I get all caught up.
At the bottom of the repost I will also update the original post with any new thoughts that I might have had since orginally publishing the selected post; along with any corrections that need to be made.
Originally published October 2, 2007
There are always a lot of stupid statements that get floated around the blogosphere but one of the stupidest has to be from Robert Scoble’s post yesterday where he equated the new Techmeme Leaderboard as the death knell for blogging. Along with that piece of wisdom he added another sign of dire times for blogging is the rise of Twitter as a medium to share your life with your followers.
Robert may be looked upon by many in the tech world as the leading voice of trends in the tech blogosphere but with his recent love affair with Twitter and Facebook and them being the end all be all for all our social needs I am beginning to wonder if Robert has discovered a way to marginalizes himself in the larger blogosphere.
His supposition that Twitter gives us better insights into what is going on all within the context of 140 characters is as about as lame as him saying that the idea of lists is lame. While such things as Technorati and Techmeme rankings might be lame for him, for career bloggers these types of metrics are both a measure of popularity and valuation when it comes to calculating their worth for advertising dollars.
Just because he has never had to be in a position of needing to monetize his blog doesn’t prove that the lists; of which he has always been a fixture, aren’t an important gauge of who is worth reading along with providing an important valuation system.
We might live in a sound-bite world but to suggest that 140 characters is more than enough to share news and information is stupid. As Frank Shaw said in a post today:
The bigger point here is that the medium is maturing. After a long time of delayed response, the field of journalism has responded by being faster, more detailed, better resourced in order to compete. I see this as a good thing. Blogging remains a hugely powerful way for people to receive information, and the ability for an authoritive voice to quickly rise to prominence is as strong today as it was two years or three years ago.
Robert might want to live within the confines of 140 characters or behind the walled world of Facebook but to suggest that this medium is on its deathbed because of a 140 characters and a some new listing metric is ridiculous and only goes to show that Robert is losing touch.
Update: If anything the attitude that blogging is being replaced by things like Twitter, Friendfeed or just about any new social media service that lets you blast out your thoughts in a shotgun blast is getting only stronger. Yet blogging in a lot of ways is in my opinion only getting better so perhaps this whole micro-blogging thing is good for bloggers. While everyone else is playing around with 140 characters we can concentrate on producing quality content.