Microblogging is a form of multimedia blogging that allows users to send brief text updates or micro-media such as photos or audio clips and publish them, either to be viewed by anyone or by a restricted group which can be chosen by the user. These messages can be submitted by a variety of means, including text messaging, instant messaging, email, digital audio or the web.
The content of a micro-blog differs from a traditional blog in that it is typically smaller in actual size and aggregate file size. A single entry could consist of a single sentence or fragment or an image or a brief, ten second video. But, still, its purpose is similar to that of a traditional blog. Users micro-blog about particular topics that can range from the simple, such as “what one is doing at a given moment,” to the thematic, such as “sports cars,” to business topics, such as particular products. Many micro-blogs provide short commentary on a person-to-person level, share news about a company’s products and services, or provide logs of the events of one’s life.
Following are the top 5 microblogging sites of the world :
1-Twitter (www.twitter.com) :-
Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author’s profile page and delivered to the author’s subscribers who are known as followers. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access. Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, Short Message Service (SMS) or external applications. While the service, itself, costs nothing to use, accessing it through SMS may incur phone service provider fees.
2-Tumbir (www.tumbir.com) :-
Tumblr is a microblogging platform that allows users to post text, images, video, links, quotes, and audio to their tumblelog, a short-form blog. Users are able to “follow” other users and see their posts together on their dashboard. You can like or reblog other blogs on the site and other users can do the same to your posts. The service emphasizes customizability and ease of use.Tumblr’s emphasis is on customizability and ease of use—it only takes 30 seconds to sign up. The “like” button, which lets you tell a user that you like his or her content, and the “reblog” button, which easily reposts content from another tumblelog onto yours, provide positive feedback that has given Tumblr an 85% retention rate, compared with 60% for Twitter.
MySay is your way to talk on the web. Don’t use boring text comments – mySay lets you express yourself with your own voice and hear friends and visitors to your website.
1. Say what you think
Phone mySay and record your thoughts, comments or questions – whatever you say will appear on the web.
2. Hear what others think
Let visitors have their say – get your own mySay MessageBox for them to call and comment.
Put your Messagebox on your MySpace or other webpage with a mySay widget. If you want, ask a question, show a photo or video to get the conversation started.
Found someone that you like listening to ? Add them to your favourites and you can keep track of (and listen to) whatever they say.
MySay.com works anywhere you can get to the Internet, but the phone-in service is only available in some countries right now like in US ,Canada ,Ireland ,UK ,France ,Belgium ,Switzerland.
MoodMill is a new site that lets you post your mood and share it with friends.The site’s functions are very similar to Twitter, but updates are directly associated with your mood. Indicate how you’re currently feeling on a meter of sorts, which has about four options for how you’re day is going. Type in some descriptive text, and attach a URL if you’d like. Now you can see how others feel, make friends, track their moods (RSS option available) and track your own. You’ll get a graphical representation of your mood and how it changes on a daily basis, as well as a calendar marking your moods and your contact’s moods, too. MoodMill will also tell you when your last good and bad days occurred.
5-I Rate My Day(www.iratemyday.com) :-
I Rate My Day is an online tool to share your feelings with the rest of the world in a simple manner.Every day, we experience a variety of feelings; sometimes good, sometimes bad.I Rate My Day, can evaluate the different things that we felt throughout the day and rank’s the day as better or worse.IRateMyDay.com is a social online community, similar to blogs, but unique in its concept. The site focuses on short entries of a few words about the user’s current feelings. The concept is best described as “Instant Blogging” where each rating resembles a short sentence of instant messaging.The service is a complement to existing blogging sites and can even be integrated through the use of widgets.