Jon Udell says:

The Google toolbar is an example of a microcontent client. So is Huevos. So, arguably, are the speakable Web services I wrote about in this month's O'Reilly Network column.

So what about weblogs? Granted, I write some long entries now and then, but most of the time they're short. Are they microcontent? Or maybe minicontent?

I would have never really thought about this, but I saw the "Microcontent" headline and figured Jon had written something about how weblogs are type of microcontent. When I read what he wrote, I was a little surprised and disappointed. I thought I knew what he was going to say.

That made me wonder if it makes sense to talk about weblogs as microcontent, minicontent, or something else entirely? They're certainly not the traditional model of "Gee, maybe I should write a web page about foo." I don't think about writing a web page when I blog. But I also don't apply the same thinking and editing that I do when sending e-mail, even though e-mail and weblog entries are both conversational and often the same size. I also don't think about weblog entries the same way that I think about writing magazine articles. There's usually a lot less structure to weblog entries--because they're short, single topic items.

Posted by jzawodn at November 11, 2002 11:46 PM

Reader Comments
# Ask Bjoern Hansen said:

I think of microcontent as just a headline. Maybe a RSS feed with just headlines and a short excerpt can count as microcontent. Maybe Dave Winers weblog could count as microcontent as each entry is so short and there's so little worth reading. (hehe).

okay, time to sleep.


on November 12, 2002 01:53 AM
# pete said:
on November 12, 2002 06:22 AM
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