Social Macroblogging Idea

So I’ve been using Twitter for a while now. In some ways it’s a fun idea. But for the most part, it seems kinda useless. The 140 characters limit really destroys it for me. The information is really either useless gibberish or crippled. Or both. On the other hand, one aspect I like about Twitter is the social aspect. You build relationships with other people by following and unfollowing tweets. This kills the spam problem very elegantly and at the same time gives you a nice aggregation of your friends’ tweets. But in general, I still prefer blogs, for the simple reason that it is more efficient for transmitting/broadcasting information.

So here comes the idea. Why not mix those concepts together. A blog that works just like twitter. It’s basically a blog without comments, that has (personal) planet/aggregation included. You can follow other people’s blogs, and others can follow yours. Commenting is done similar/equal to the @ notation in Twitter. And the handling would be as simple as the typical microblogging services, i.e. you enter stuff in a textfield (but now with html formatting if you wish), below you find the aggregation of feeds that you are following. No complicated admin frontend with tons of features, spam filters, extensions, and whatnot.

Now I expect somebody will point out that something like this already exists.

If not, I will start hacking up something like this soon enough…

Update: Of course, it would support RSS and all the usual fluff. Maybe even Twitter API..

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2 Responses to Social Macroblogging Idea

  1. Craig says:

    This idea is interesting… perhaps you could start with the code from statusnet (btw – use that instead of twitter! :-P) and make some simple changes to get what you want.

  2. Fábio says:

    You should take a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_Cloud and http://www.scripting.com, Dave Winer’s blog. He’s been busy building exactly that.

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