Saturday, December 22, 2012
Commenting, following has moved from blogs to Facebook and Twitter; a note on "Summly"
I have indeed noticed a change in reader and visitor behavior in recent months. True, my own page visits are down, and there are fewer comments. And people generally don’t seem to sign up as followers of blogs.
Instead, it seems as though the energy of commenting and following has moved to Facebook and Twitter, especially during the past year, at least in my own experience. I have to admit that I do the same thing myself. It’s easier to comment on who the Washington Nationals should re-sign (like LaRoche and Morse) on Facebook (the MASN thread) than look for blogs on it (although I guess I could check MLB). It’s easier to get into conversations with people angry at Piers Morgan over his positions on gun control on Twitter than anywhere else.
I do realize that over time, I will need to look at how my content is organized, spread out, and drawn together – especially the latter, so readers can find info on the things I know that really attracts them because I cover it and not many sources do (these topics include filial responsibility laws, and protecting the power grind from solar storms and EMP, particularly).
All of this is what we expect in the change from the Web 1.0 world (which was so good to me) to the Web 2.0 and 3.0 planets of today. I guess people need to learn to live in transition zones (or termination zones) of tidally locked alien planets.
This is a good place to mention a text and news summarization service for some mobile devices, "Summly", created by the newest teen innovator, the Brit Nick D'Aloisio, as discussed on Piers Morgan tonight. I'll have to see how that fits into my world. I like to create original text, not massage that of others.