FACEBOOK, TWITTER and Boards.ie have replaced blogging as the primary watering holes for the online citizenry of Ireland. Several leading Irish bloggers have throttled back to link lists--something better suited to social bookmarking services like Delicious. The number and depth of their blog posts have fallen too. I can see this in Google Reader and when using FreeNews on my Nokia E90. Anecdotally, those same Irish bloggers have migrated over to Twitter where they have notched up more than 15,000 tweets. The New York Times has noticed this too in an article "Blogs Falling in an Empty Forest". The NYT believes "95% of blogs have been essentially abandoned." Things are easier in Facebook, the place where I get more comments for the blog posts that dribble in from Typepad to Facebook. And hundreds of people now interact with me every day on Twitter by reading my tweets, retweeting them or following my links. I can see this effect in Feedly's Karma Report. I'll still keep blogging, knowing that its heyday has slipped past, replaced by short messaging and passerby comments on Facebook walls.
Charles Arthur -- "Blogging's Long Tail Is Dying Off" in the Technology Guardian, 25 June 2009.
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