What Is Microblogging?

In this beginner’s guide I take a look at the new breed of online applications, which focus on sharing very brief updates with your friends or the world with more regularity than you might write a blog post.

Microblogging is all about spontaneously sharing of-the-moment thoughts, links to websites, or even what you’re doing at the moment. You can think of them as a cross between ultra-short blog posts, SMS text messages, and the status notifications you can leave for friends on services like Skype, Facebook or your favorite instant messaging tool.

Lifestreaming might perhaps be described as a variation of microblogging, and has the same focus on brevity of content. The key difference is that while with microblogging you write messages directly within the application itself – as you might send a text message – with lifestreaming applications you aggregate your other content from around the web and compile it into a single stream of short bites of information.

This might include your photographs on Flickr, your videos on YouTube, links to your latest blog posts, and even your latest microblogging updates.

So how can you use microblogging and lifestreaming applications, which are the most popular, what makes them different, and why would you want to bother?

In this beginner’s guide to microblogging and lifestreaming, I try to answer these questions and more.


Social Networking Successes

Thought I’d reblog this one from Marketing Articles on back-links.org stating the social networks’ successes today.  I, myself, am pretty impressed and surely not able to follow along what is the latest amongst the networks that I am involved in.  You don’t wanna know how many networks I’m tied in.  A few that I run myself such as this one and my newest one SHOW N TELL Communit-e Site on Ning.com.  I have not promoted this to the public just yet.  Pretty much just mainly my own friends and colleagues from my chat room on Stickam.com named SHOW N TELL.

This is just one example of how popular social media websites can be. Digg another similarly popular social media site pulls in over 30 million unique views a month and has an increasingly large membership base which keeps there website updated with the latest news and entertainment. There are several big “dogs” of the social media market however where is social media marketing going to move next?

With the rise of social media sites such as Digg, Stumbleupon, Reddit and Del.icio.us bloggers have been quick to take advantage of the increased traffic capabilities that having your site stumbled or dugg hundreds if not thousands of times can have on your website. A very well known fact about Digg is that if you are lucky enough to be dugg on to the front page it is likely that your server will crash due to high amounts of traffic being sent to your website.

So, where is social media marketing going to go next?

So now we know how big social media marketing actually is the question I am going to try and answer or predict is where social media marketing is going to go next. Some may say that the majority of bloggers will be loyal to the main social media sites and dream that one day they will be able to hit the front page of Digg or Del.icio.us however others may say that with the increased popularity of these mainstream social media sites will come increased competition which will in turn make it harder for bloggers to be noticed. Now obviously the main aim of social media sites is to increase popularity and traffic this is the same with any type of website have it be a blog, an auction site, an entertainment site or a health care website the idea is to increase traffic which will enable the site to grow however growth does not have the same effect on any other site as it does with social media websites.

The Web, The Metaphor that Transcends

The web, the metaphor that transcends

Originally uploaded by BurnedPhoenix

Wowieeee…have you seen all of these social, multi-media, and possibly business networks on the net today? I’d say maybe a third of it I have seen and am a part of. But wow, can you imagine being a member of all of these? I know of a few who are all over the web and are now considered internet celebrities.
It’s all good being a member of a few of these, cuz it doesn’t hurt to be sociable even online. Just another ice-breaker when you have time to kill or wanting to balance life online and/or offline.
Check out all the names and leave your comments below and let me know how many of these you are a member of.
Enjoy everyone, and remember…always be safe when you’re joining these social networks. Never give out any of your vital info. If you have to use a screenname, feel free 😉
Have a good one!


About Lijit

What if searching on the web worked the way it did in real life?


When your readers search for information in real life, their first step is to typically seek out a friend for the answer. If their friend doesn’t have the answer they need, someone in that friend’s social network may. Eventually, they get an answer they trust, because it came from a source they trust. Your readers can now have that same experience on the web and it all starts with the source they trust. That source is you, the blog publisher.


What if your readers could search you and everything you’ve created for answers they’d trust?

Say you write a blog about all things TV. When your readers use Lijit to search you for “television”, the results might include blog posts you’ve authored about Tivo and HDTVs, as well as bookmarks you’ve made about next season’s programming lineups.


What if, when your readers searched you, their search would also include results from your social network and everything those people have created too?

Not only would their search return your blog posts and bookmarks, but it would also return blog posts your colleagues and friends have written about LCD vs. Plasma technology, bookmarks they’ve made about great sites to purchase HDTVs, and posts from blogs they read that discuss HTDV programming.


Using the power of people, their content, and their connections, Lijit enhances the way your readers search for and discover information on the internet. You serve as a filter for all of the results your readers could possibly receive, ensuring they only receive the most relevant results from the source they trust…YOU.


Just like it works in real life.