Follow Brockley Central on Twitter now - before it's too late!

In a very interesting article about the impact of Twitter and Facebook on the blogosphere, the Guardian's Charles Arthur believes that the blogosphere is shrinking and that only the strong will survive as more people publish via these newer forms of social media. Now this is first and foremost a plug for our Twitter feed [Click here to follow Brockley Central on Twitter] but we also have a question - what local blogs are rusting away to obsolescence?

Andrew Brown called it quits on his excellent Lewisham blog last year, are there any other notable departures we should mourn?

Here are the relevant passages from the Guardian:

The long tail of blogging is dying... Anecdotally and experimentally, they've all gone to Facebook, and especially Twitter. The New York Times also noticed this trend, with a piece on 9 June about "Blogs Falling In An Empty Forest", which pointed to Technorati's 2008 survey of the state of the blogosphere, which found that only 7.4m out of the 133m blogs it tracks had been updated in the past 120 days. As the New York Times put it, "that translates to 95% of blogs being essentially abandoned"...

Why? Because blogging isn't easy. More precisely, other things are easier – and it's to easier things that people are turning. Twitter offers instant content and reaction. People are still reading blogs, and other content. But for the creation of amateur content, their heyday for the wider population has, I think, already passed. The short head of blogging thrives. Its long tail, though, has lapsed into desuetude.

38 comments:

Sue said...

Interesting. I've definitely started to blog a bit less as I twitter more, but I will keep going with the blog, as I think it's a better way to keep a longer-term record of what we've been doing. We do get local residents who contact us after doing an online search eg for "Brockley PFI UPVC windows leaseholder" and come across our blog, so maybe that's another plus of blogs over twitter feeds, which are much more ephemeral in that way.

The two do complement each other quite nicely though - Twitterfeed to plug your blog to your Twitter followers, then Twitter to say the things in 140 characters or less that you can't always be bothered/find time to blog about.

And of course it's quite fun doing occasional live Twitters from Council mtgs (I know that sounds sad, I should be saying from Blur in Hyde Park gig, etc etc), though it can surely only be a matter of time until the Chair of Council twigs and tells us all off (Mayor Bullock included!) for doing that!

Cllr Geek

tyrwhitt michael said...

Loose the blog and you loose me.

Sorry to say no access to Twitter at work.

pondering my local councillor said...

I have a slight personality by-pass so I can tolerate blogs.

I'd have to have a 4 lanes each way M25 of a personality bypass to subscribe to a twitter feed...

fred vest said...

it's not surprising there's a switch from blogs to twitter and the like, the vast majority of blogs are the most awful narcissistic self indulgent crap possible, it's far easier for the 'authors' of such things to tell us what they had for tea, when they last had a dump or what their listening to via twitter

obviously the medium itself whether it's blogs or twitter is pretty much neutral and can be used for both useful and the narcissistic stuff so can't really blame the medium, it's 95% of the people that use them that are the problem

pondering my local councillor said...

So not keen then Fred?

fred vest said...

it definitely has it's uses although the whole indulgent vanity publishing aspect (which i suppose none of us are immune from) of all online stuff makes me want to gnaw off my arm

you can say just ignore all the crap of course, but it does make me wonder what that level of indulgence actually does to people and what it's long term effects are on people, and society, in general, i don't think it's that positive to be honest, we'll soon have a generation that has next to no real life social skills whatsoever, stuff like that can't just be ignored

(just to be clear i'm only talking about all the self indulgent and self important stuff, not informational blogs like this one and sue's)

fred vest said...

this spoof sums it up pretty well

SAN FRANCISCO—Creator Jack Dorsey was shocked and saddened this week after learning that his social networking device, Twitter, was being used to disseminate pertinent and timely information during the recent civil unrest in Iran. "Twitter was intended to be a way for vacant, self-absorbed egotists to share their most banal and idiotic thoughts with anyone pathetic enough to read them," said a visibly confused Dorsey, claiming that Twitter is at its most powerful when it makes an already attention-starved populace even more needy for constant affirmation. "When I heard how Iranians were using my beloved creation for their own means—such as organizing a political movement and informing the outside world of the actions of a repressive regime—I couldn't believe they'd ruined something so beautiful, simple, and absolutely pointless." Dorsey said he is already working on a new website that will be so mind-numbingly useless that Iranians will not even be able to figure out how to operate it

Anonymous said...

The Onion?

Anonymous said...

Cant seem to register,every user name I put in seems to be already taken ?

Anonymous said...

Isn't being a twit during meetings a bit like passing notes in the classroom?

rashbre said...

We centralists should stick together.

rashbre central blogs about anything and claims an occasional linkage with london by the application of red bus pictures, taxis and W and S postcodes.

rashbre

Anonymous said...

i for one would love to know about the 'authors' last dump...

Monkeyboy said...

Just gone for a dump, shower and shave next.

fred vest said...

here's a good example of the negative sides of twitter, nick thinks his day at wimbledon has been 'ruined' as he was unable to 'twitter' whilst there

A perfectly lovely day at Wimbledon ruined by an inability to tweet about it - damn you Orange / Blackberry

tongue in cheek or not, it's not healthy

Anonymous said...

Is it just me or is there an irony in fred taking time and effort to post about an another persons trivial post?

In fact is this post equally fatuous?

I don't know.

*just had a cheese (sainsbury's 'taste The Difference' Canadian chedder) sandwich, with pickle.

bitter and twisted said...

Presumably a PR/client freebie anyway...

Brockley Nick said...

@Fred, so Twitter-dependency is wrong, but so is satirising twitter dependency. But commenting about twitter dependency and its satrisation on a blog is fine. OK...

@Bitter - yes you are, no I wasn't! ;)

fred vest said...

who said satirising twitter dependancy was wrong nick, the onion article is spot on imo in summing up both the useful and the harmful aspects of new mediums/media(?)

but putting that aside, if you're applying the logic that it's somewhat contradictory for someone to hold a view that something is bad/harmful whilst at the same time spending time talking about that said subject, then that pretty much means absolutely nothing that has potentially harmful/negative implications can ever be talked about - nice (mis)application of logic there

fred vest said...

"Is it just me or is there an irony...."

if you're american then maybe, otherwise no

Fred Pest said...

I have been reading this blog for about two years and Fred's logical contortions and misrepresentations are painful to read. He cannot see the mile-wide gaps in his own logic.

Fred, you obviously have a massive chip on your shoulder as a result of not having gone to university. You cannot allow anyone to beat you in argument, no matter how right they are. Please do us all a favour and take an OU course.

Don't worry about Nick's twitter addiction, he appears to have much more of a life than you do.

fred vest said...

assuming you went to university, and are thus qualified to do so, can you point out the gaps in the logic in this case and also the misrepresentations?

Brockley Kate said...

I hope those who complain that this blog doesn't achieve things in the 'real world' are noticing the level of community outreach work which Nick is doing, in providing local social outcasts with a nice hobby to keep them occupied ... Fred's life would be far emptier without BC in it.

titter and fisted said...

ooh kate, was there a slightly catty backdraft to that comment?

(yeah, backdraft, nice word)


I also noticed whilst thumbing through my notable local organ (The Mercury) that this blog is "award winning"

I'd like to know what that award was/is and by whom it was awarded.

Just because I'd like to offer my blog to it, well, if I had one that is.

Brockley Kate said...

Backdraft?! (Wasn't there a film called that, in like the 80s or 90s or something ...)

You never hear men being accused of cattiness, do you ... wonder why ...

titter ye not said...

men lean towards dogginess kate, far worse than cattiness

how about a nice iSpy kate?

Brockley Kate said...

What's dogginess?

run out of names now said...

The action of dogging - social integration for some.

Transpontine said...

OK you've finally bullied me into signing up for twitter! I will see how it goes.

Twitter and facebook are fine for quick communication of short messages, or for more personal communication (letting your friends know what you are doing etc.), so it's not surprizing that some have switched from blogging for these purposes. But I'm not sure that they are are much use for anything with more depth, or which you want to have a greater shelf life. Knowledge that requires people to sign up to a specific application is obviously less accessible, and more likely to vanish as applications rise and fall.

Personally I don't see myself as a 'blogger' as such, I just see blogger as a quick and easy way to publish content online, kind of a notebook of work in progress.

but not really suitable for

Brockley Nick said...

@titter - the mercury doesn't get delivered to me, out of interest, what's the reference to BC please?

We're not award winning - unless John and Kate have been sneaking off to award ceremonies without me :(

Brockley Kate said...

Nope, not me. Last award I won was the school Economics prize ...

titter ye not said...

Lewisham Mercury, 24.6.09, written by Michael Stringer, page 16

It's about the Martins Yard thing, it says (in part):

"Resident Nick Barron runs the popular, award-winning Brockley Central website.

He said "The design is a pleasing one and it promises to bring in small businesses to the area, so its been pretty well received."

etc etc

I resisted the temptation to continue the article for comedic effect lest Kate describes me as 'backdrafting'.

But it still begs the question of the award...

Max Calo himself (with picture) is on page 8 deploring some developer thing in Hither Green, Loampit Vale is on page 12 and described as 'Revamp only for profit'.

And there is half a page of 'Adult Leisure' adverts (60p quickie etc etc) sandwiched between the cars for sale and a pebbledashing advert.

I should be twittering all this of course but then only half a dozen people read it instead of the 4,000 daily...

Brockley Nick said...

It must be the "developer's award for community sycophancy". I'd like to thank a few people...

titter ye not said...

Must be, with an mantlepiece-friendly faux bronze award of a gesturing hand, no doubt...

;)

Anonymous said...

Isn't the answer to sub the articles down to 150 characters or less?

Having to read the utter twitter tosh from celebs is bad enough...just think if Demi Moore hadn't been such a twit the world would have been saved from Susan Boyle.

Wasn't there a recent survey showing the number of 'twits' was grossly exaggerated?

I used to txt now I tweet said...

I'm not on the train...

monkeyboy said...

I AM on the train. . . .Weird.

Richard said...

Just today deleted the Jam Circus blog. I don't think it was niche enough to warrant even the biggest fan of the pub to regularly visit. Then there's the effort of posting when Twitter is so much easier. Plus Twitter followers will get our updates regardless of whether they log on that day thinking of Jam Circus.

The (Jam Circus) blog is dead, long live Twitter and Facebook.

Anonymous said...

Followers or stalkers?

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