It’s basically blogging in a small format such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. The reason that micro blogging has risen in popularity these days is the presence of smart phones. Most everyone has a smart phone these days, and these phones come complete with fully integrated methods of microblogging. With a phone always at your side, it becomes much easier to instantly update snapshots of your life to the internet for your friends to consume.
The rise of Instagram over Facebook is, in my opinion, due to the sleek simplicity of the design: you don’t have to do much, and it’s fun to be artistic. Instagram is much simpler, all you have is followers, and you follow whom you choose. There’s no ambivalence over whether or not you should “add” someone as a friend. It’s entirely less stressful than that. The other reason Instagram has become so popular is just the simplicity of use: you don’t have to get into details – a picture is worth a thousand words, and everyone loves pictures. We love to see pictures of what our friends are doing – of where they are, and to see their faces. It’s much more personal, and appeals to us much more at a root level.
At first Instagram was more or less exclusive to the Iphone, lending a certain exclusivity to the program. Then it expanded a bit and has become a bit more watered down, but it still retains its great following.
Posting pics and having your friends “like” and comment on them is quite addicting. This is yet another reason Instagram leapt over Hipstamatic after it reached its tipping point. Hipstamatic just got old pretty quick because of the realistic “wait” and development time. Instagram didn’t have that. And Instagram was (and is) entirely free whereas Hipstamatic had you buy new lenses and films, which seemed a little cheesy.
In other words, microblogging has arrived and is here to stay – unfortunately it doesn’t bode well for the written word as our attention spans continue to decrease. It’s difficult to see the pendulum swinging in the other direction (towards longer prose) anytime soon, if at all.
In any event, try out some microblogging and see if you can put your own spin on it. See how creative you can be within the constraints of the limited space. It’s like Haiku for blogging. See what new directions you can take!