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Microblog vs Miniblog, a clarification of definition

Posted by kiwiscanfly on May 28, 2007

Miniblog – These are services like Jaiku and Tumblr*. Miniblogs can be compared to a scrapbook and are used to post notes, links, mini posts, show what songs you listen to & books you read, get data from services you post contribute to, show which videos you watch, link to the photos you post, and allow you to receive comments on all this. They can also show the contents your Microblog.

Microblog – The most popular of these is Twitter, these allow users to send “updates” (text-based posts, up to 140 characters long) via SMS, instant messaging, a website, or an application such as Twitterrific. Xanga has a service called “Pulse” in which message can also be uploaded by cellphone, although was described as a “carefree miniblog”, it is definitely only a micro until it adds more services.

* Blogs on Tumblr are called tumblelogs, this term is specific and should not be applied to all mixed-media blogs with short posts (as it is in this semi-protected Wikipedia page).

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