Twitter is killing blogging, according to an article by the editor of TechGuardian Charles Arthur. Blogs are withering off the face of the internet and it's the fault of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, he claims.
His article follows up a New York Times story 'Blogs falling in an empty forest' which flashed some statistics from a 2008 Technorati survey: only 7.4 million out of the 133 million blogs the search engine tracks had been updated in the past 120 days. That works out as 95 percent of blogs being essentially abandoned.
Arthur backs up the stats with some anecdotal evidence about dried-up blog feeds, as the tech web-logs he follows curl up and die.
Why? Because it's easier to tweet, he thinks. Tweeting is shorter, and we are lazy.
It's an opinion backed up by a quick twitterview we conducted with popular London blogger: www.themanwhofellasleep.com now @themanwhofell - who has just called shots on his website and directs followers to his twitterfeed. Why is Twitter better? ShinyShiny asked.
"They are very different beasts" he responded "- it's like comparing texting with phone calls. Personally I like Twitter because I'm lazy." - Fair enough.
So by way of explanation, we've pulled out photoshop out and done a few, errr, 'illustrations' of the 5 reasons Tweets are doing better than Blogs.
Click on the first picture below to start the gallery.
[nb: the 'Blogger' logo represents blogs generally, not just Blogger blogs]