Microblogging


microblogging.pngMicroblogging is a form of blogging that has become increasingly popular over the last few years. A microblog differs from a traditional blog in that its content is usually made up of short sentence fragments or links to videos, images and websites. Content is usually in the form of short updates, and can be sent from either a computer or mobile device (mobile phone, PDF, ipad etc).

You may have heard of microblogging tools like Twitter, Yammer and Moblog.co.uk. - all tools being used by people from around the world to create online content and share and connect with others.

This section provides an overview of microblogging and the tools you can use to connect to various networks. It includes the following information:
  1. What is Microblogging?
  2. Microblogging Tools
  3. What's Next?

Activities for this topic


Learners who are completing the Social Networking Course should refer to the Moodle site for more information about the activities provided:
  • Activity 20: Sign-Up for Microblogging

1. What is Microblogging?

As already stated microblogging is a broadcast medium in the form of blogging. A microblog differs from a traditional blog in that its content is typically smaller in both actual and aggregate file size. Microblogs "allow users to exchange small elements of content such as short sentences, individual images, or video links".

As with traditional blogging, microbloggers post about topics ranging from the simple, such as "what I'm doing right now," to the thematic, such as "sports cars." Commercial microblogs also exist, to promote websites, services and/or products, and to promote collaboration within an organization. Some microblogging services offer features such as privacy settings, which allow users to control who can read their microblogs, or alternative ways of publishing entries besides the web-based interface. These may include text messaging, instant messaging, E-mail, or digital audio. Adapted from Wikipedia accessed 30/1/11. Comparison of microblogging tools Need some more information? Then watch the following video.



2. Microblogging Tools

Since 2006 there has been a rapid increase in microblogging sites, nn May 2007, 111 microblogging sites were counted internationally. Among the most notable services are Twitter, Tumblr, whatyadoin.com, Plurk, Emote.in, PingGadget, Beeing, Jaiku and identi.ca. More recently, varieties of services and software with the feature of microblogging have been developed such as Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn etc In TAFE we have access to Yammer. Yammer is an enterprise social network service that was launched in September 2008. Unlike Twitter, which is used for broadcasting messages to the public, Yammer is used for private communication within organisations or between organisational members and pre-designated groups, making it an example of enterprise social software. Adapted from Wikipedia accessed 30/1/11

Twitter

At present Twitter is bocked on the DET Network but there is a move to have it blocked for TAFE NSW. It is often used at conferences for comment on key issues and as teachers and students you can use it for research and connecting with others. Don't forget to use these tools appropriately if you are discussing TAFE NSW or SWSI, there is an expected code of conduct for students and staff. If you want to know more about Twitter watch the following videos.




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Facebook

Facebook (stylized facebook) is a social network service and website launched in February 2004 that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. As of January 2011[update], Facebook has more than 600 million active users. Users may create a personal profile, add other users as friends and exchange messages, including automatic notifications when they update their profile. Additionally, users may join common interest user groups, organised by workplace, school, or college, or other characteristics. Facebook allows anyone who declares themselves to be at least 13 years old to become a registered user of the website. Again Facebook is blocked on the DET network but there is a move to reverse this situation. Adapted from Wikipedia accessed 30/1/11




Yammer

Yammer is an enterprise social network service that was launched in September 2008. Unlike Twitter, which is used for broadcasting messages to the public, Yammer is used for private communication within organisations or between organisational members and pre-designated groups, making it an example of enterprise social software. Yammer originally launched as an enterprise microblogging service and has evolved to become a fully-fledged enterprise social network. Access to a Yammer network is determined by a user's Internet domain, so only those with appropriate email addresses may join their respective networks. Adapted from Wikipedia accessed 30/1/11.

How to log onto Yammer and create an account

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3. What's Next?

  1. If you are completing the Social Networking Course, visit the Moodle site and complete Topic 15 Microblogging.
  2. If you are exploring Social Networking independently, check out the Social Networking Matrix and select the tools that you can use in your teaching or learning.