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Definition / description
Microblogging involves short individual posts that have been popularized by Twitter.
Microblogging for communities of practice
- Use a "hashtag" during a synchronous event to share public notes, retrieving them on http://search.twitter.com (or more systematically with Microblogging aggregator tools).
- Announce synchronous events or blog postings
- Microblog readership may not correspond exactly to community membership.
Microblogging in combination
- Microblogging usually exists in combination with other tools such as blogs, social bookmarks, email, and text messaging.
- Microblogging has become a platform for many related activities such as polling
- Together/apart, Synch/Asynch: Twitter postings are short, intended to be highly perishable, so it feels likes a mostly synchronous tool
- Interaction/publication: Twitter posts are declarative so they can feel like an on-the-spot publishing tool, but their cumulative effect is to give the feeling of interaction with others in a kind of indirect way even though a twitter post can be directed at one individual
- Individual/group: Twitter postings are written for anybody who "follows you" so they are usually written with a group in mind (although the tool makes you construct groups one individual at at time) so it's half-way between an individual and a group tool
There is an extensive ecology of tools that work with twitter:
Alternative platforms for access
- Various services exist to make it easy to link to photos uploaded to related websites.
- Group use is typical, but there are no "group norms" that have to be negotiated or that can be enforced
- To collect questions in a face-to-face session, ask the participants to post them to Twitter with a hashtag, then organize them for response or later reference.
- A Twitter stream with a hashtag can be projected on a screen at a conference, on a Webinar page, or accessed by people who can't attend physically.
Resources and Citations
Microblogging providers or instances