Just when I thought online journals and blogs were all the rage, along comes Facebook and Twitter. Blogs eclipse journals and diaries. Microblogging eclipse blogs. Almost.
Tens of millions of bloggers do not easily into the night go. Online journals and blogs number in the millions. People have something to say and the internet gives them a soapbox to stand on. Update your online world with a free Mac app.
Phoenix For The Ashes
My focus today is threefold. A free Mac app to update online journals and blogs, specifically Live Journal. And a consideration that journals and blogs quickly are becoming passé. And a view that Facebook and Twitter connect people to people in a way that isn’t healthy.
That’s three views in one easy-to-digest article.
Because Live Journal is also a standard for many web logs and blogging sites, Phoenix works with them, too. It’s a handy Mac app that lets you edit your posts before connecting online. Phoenix is priced right at free. MarsEdit it’s not.
Indeed, Phoenix is more a reflection of the state of Live Journal and the ongoing changes in the blog community.
Live Journal, R.I.P
Live Journal has been around almost a dozen years, an eternity in internet years, helping the blogging fad along, falling behind in the wake of change. Change happens. Live Journal added social networking features as a response to MySpace and Facebook, both of which dwarf the creaking blog fad of yesteryear.
Am I being harsh?
Live Journal started in 1999, was bought by Six Apart in 2005, and sold to the Russians in 2007. Live Journal has about 6-million users, but the base is not growing. Why?
Micro Attention Spans
Blogging was all the rage for years and attracted hundreds of millions of users online with personal diaries, journals,and photo galleries. Blogging also came with plenty of administrative overhead. Who has time to blog a 500 word perspective on laundry or politics? Who has time to manage inane and superfluous comments from readers? Who likes to delete comment spam?
Enter Facebook and Twitter and the age of micro attention spans.
Facebook has half a billion users. Twitter is everywhere, but full of followers. Lengthy prose for the masses? You won’t find it on Facebook or Twitter. How much of even a one way dialog can you have in 140 characters or less?
Sure, following is point and click, but do all those Facebook friends have anything to say beyond “Look at me?”
Mac users have many professional level writing tools, competent apps with research and note-taking features built-in. Anyone can have a personal blog up and running in minutes. We have the tools. We have the means. Do we have the will? Look at what is being written online. Too many people just do not have much to say that’s worth writing, let alone reading.
Facebook and Twitter users? They’re everywhere. Thought provoking prose is not allowed in the age of micro attention spans.