What is Micro Blogging? - dummies

By Amy Lupold Bair

Micro blogging is characterized by very short, quick, and frequent blog posts, often produced from some nontraditional publishing tools such as mobile phones, email, instant messages, and text messages. However, you can still use a web interface to produce a micro blog!

Some micro bloggers use their blogs as mechanisms to collect and archive interesting tidbits of information that they come across while they surf the web. Many micro blogs contain very little personal content in the form of writing but do have a lot of photos, video snippets, and links. In fact, many micro bloggers don’t explain why they choose to include something in their blogs at all, and in this way, micro blogs can be much more idiosyncratic to the individual blogger than a regular blog.

2 Kinds of People is a micro blog created on Tumblr. The premise of the blog is that there are only two kinds of people in this world, a concept presented over and over again with brief, visual posts.

2 Kinds of People
2 Kinds of People is a good example of a micro blog.

Other micro blogging tools act a little differently. Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, and MySpace — or any social network that allows you to post status updates — are technically micro blogging tools, as well.

Status updates are very short text posts that are generally used to let others know what you’re thinking or doing.

Some popular tools for micro blogging include