Wednesday, September 09, 2009

my new blogging styles

I am becoming an avid microblogger, and I’m trying out different blogging styles lately.

As of now, I have Twitter, Plurk and now, Tumblr on my list of blogs with unique formats. I love the challenges they present. Twitter and Plurk are basically microblogging.

Tumblr is a blogging platform that allows users to post text, images, video, links, quotes, and audio to their tumblelog, a short-form blog. Users are able to “follow” other users and see their posts together on their dashboard. You can like or reblog other blogs on the site and other users can do the same to your posts. The service emphasizes customizability and ease of use

Posts are only allowed to be 140 characters in length (though people cheat by posting more than once). It’s a fun, easy and short way to update people or announce stuff.

Tumblr, on the other hand, is a mixed-media blog site. It is simple to use and simple to view. You can posts text, photos, quotes, links, audio or video links and even chat conversations (and they don’t look messy at all!) It’s no frills, no-fuss. You can blog as long or as short as you like, and you can blog in words or pictures (whichever you prefer.)

Tumblr’s emphasis is on customizability and ease of use—it only takes 30 seconds to sign up.The “like” button, which lets you tell a user you like his or her content, and the “reblog” button, which easily reposts content from another tumblelog onto yours, provide positive feedback that has given Tumblr an 85% retention rate, compared with 60% for Twitter.

Users “follow” other tumblelogs, much like on Twitter, and their updates appear in one stream on the Dashboard. This is the interface where users can like and reblog posts, as well as the buttons to add content to their own tumblelog. Other tumblelogs the user maintains appear on the right, along with statistics like tumblarity.

I joined Plurk & Tumblr four hours ago. Haha. Go check them out.


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