For those who have been saying it would or even thinking 140 characters are the big kahuna fuel behind branding and business – please stop. Will social network sites kill blogging? This is almost like the time I heard someone spout that social networking was killing newspapers.
So, my answer to the question is:
I am being nice enough to at least make that ‘no’ in capital letters and bold instead of making it 800 pixels tall. Why in the world would anyone think so. Using Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and other sites are tools to bring in people to your sites. I could care less if WebProNews shared the New York Times post Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter. I really think whomever is editing titles in the RSS and newsletters at WebProNews needs to put the actual title instead of misleading people to think that the article is mainly about the possible death of blogging.
I do agree with Matt Mullenweg’s post Blogging Drift that these are mediums to convey what we want to say. And this can be done on a personal or business level.
I see it firsthand. As also a Twitter user and Facebook user, I am likely to see more chat or linkage flying around, than nitty gritty conversations. A lot of those filter into the blogs- thus goes in hand with my thoughts about social networking as a tool.
I have heard people say that they solely use Facebook and Twitter, but is it bringing in the big dollars for their own individual business? For those in web design, it might be possible to showcase your work on social networks, but what about having a central hub that is dedicated to solely honing in on the individual company or business where the bulk of the information given out on the Internet can be found.
When I look on the search engines, I am not seeing my articles I share on Facebook being put in the results – at least not yet. Twitter results- well, occasionally I see something, but more for user profiles. The problem is that it is sheer laziness to rely solely on social networking.
For example, say I never had this website or had a portfolio for designing – how could I go on any social network, give my followers a link to flickr of my work examples, link access to a fan page with hundreds of followers (who may have been obtained by buying them through some of the services available out there), and honestly attract more business.
People are more likely to raise a brow, wonder why you have not invested in your business to put your best foot forward, and just telling them about your services. It is hard to because that is not what it is about. There are a lot of people who forget what it actually means to engage in conversation with others to drive in interest. It means, stepping back from talking about yourself and showing interest in the other person.
People like it when you want to know about them or contribute to a conversation they find interesting and worthwhile to participate in.
Blogging has been around for some time, and whomever said it was dying- well… that is just bogus. After 5 years alone here at Blondish.net (since 2006), I believe I have enough information on the topic “blogging” to even write a novel! On top of that, I blogged for years before that on other sites. Blogging will be around for quite some time. The reflection in the growing community of WordPress (both .COM and self-hosted blogs) as well as the continued advancement of the CMS alone is an idea of this amazing growth.
So, do you think social network sites are killing blogs?