Tim Connors and Andrew Pollock are bothered by microblogging syndicated on Planet Linux Australia. This promises to be an absolute pile-on in the bikeshedding manner, that is, very few people are competent to comment on blog entries about SQL database underpinnings or encryption design, but microblogging is exactly the sort of thing everyone has an opinion on and shortly we’ll hear them all. I hope I’m early in the crush…
Microblogging itself varies in appeal for me as much as any other kind of blogging. I guess the highs aren’t quite so high: I’ve never seen a Twitter I wanted to bookmark. But they’re 140 characters, plenty short enough to skim even if they aren’t changing the world. I am not a huge fan of microblogging that is clearly written for either the writer themselves (unadorned
working late without any attempt to write about it in a such a way as other people might want to read) or as an alternative to SMSing a significant other your plans for the evening. But most of it is about the same quality and style as the random jabs at the world people occasionally insert into IRC (in fact Andrew Bennetts should have a twitter account, but never will), so, fine.
However I too do not generally find people syndicating their microblogging to their main blog very interesting. Firstly, if I want to read your twitter feed, I’m already subscribed to it through Twitter, so having it pop up in your main blog is just two copies of the same thing. If the other microblogging sites take off enough I’ll add people to my feed reader instead. The same is usually true of del.icio.us aggregations, Pia and Jeff Waugh being something of an exception because they provide commentary aimed at readers. I certainly won’t be syndicating my del.icio.us feed any time soon, it’s entirely aimed at me and if you want to subscribe that’s your lookout.
For Planets, I suggest the solution is to add a sidebar or two for microblogging and links provided by Planet authors. This enables feed discovery and mild entertainment for people who like the microblogging, but means that people aren’t stumbling on 30 character thoughts or unadorned collections of links when they expected substantive prose. In this model, people syndicating that stuff to their main blog are required to figure out how to exclude it from what the Planet aggregates.