|Will micro-blogging, like Twitter, become importand in Germany?
Micro-blogging is a form of blogging that allows users to write brief text updates, 140 characters long with Twitter . . . Micro-blogging is a form of blogging that allows users to write brief text updates, 140 characters long with Twitter, 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, MP3 or the web.
The magic of the telegram style communicationThe most popular service is called Twitter, which was launched in July 2006 and won the Web Award in the blog category at the 2007 South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas. The main competitor to Twitter is Jaiku. Recently, however, many new services, with the same feature of micro-blogging are being born. Digg founder Kevin Rose, together with three other developers recently launched a service called Pownce, which integrates micro-blogging with file-sharing and event invitations. Even the popular social networking websites Facebook and MySpace also have a micro-blogging feature, called "status update".
In May, 2007, an article counted a total of 111 Twitter-like sites internationally.
The key question today isn't what's dumb on Twitter, but instead how a service with bite-size messages topping out at 140 characters can be smart, useful, maybe even necessary. Here's why I'm looking. In the last few months, the traffic on Twitter has exploded, growing far beyond its circles of bleeding-edge tech enthusiasts and hard-core social networkers.On April 22, 2008 Twitter announced on their blog that they recently created a version of Twitter for Japanese users, due to the reason that they are prominent users of the service, despite being a completely English interface. One week after its launch, it has been reported that the Japanese version of Twitter has started gaining traction.
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How important will micro-blooging, like Twitter, become?What do you think?