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microblog (2)

noun Affixation
A site maintained by a few individuals which regularly updates content, and the content is usually much shorter or smaller than the content found in a regular blog.
 
Microblogs allow users to exchange a small amount of content, like a minimal number of sentences, a single picture, or video links. Topics covered are very similar to what is covered by regular blogs. They are often used to share things that users encounter on the internet with minimal commentary. The term started to become well-known and used frequently with the advent of Twitter, which is perhaps the best-known microblogging site. The word coinage here is very straightforward. Blogging was a tool that existed already and had already been christened with that name (which was a blend of roots “web” and “log”). Since microblogging is simply a blog with shorter entries, the word “microblog” was an intuitive choice, as the prefix “micro-” is often added to roots to denote a smaller version of the root word: for example, microchip.
Etymology : From the term “blogging” (itself a blend of the term web log) and the prefix “micro-.”
Source : “Posterous is one of my favorite microblog sites.” (friend, November 2008)
Last modified: 30 November 2011


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