Zeldman has written a great post entitled “The vanishing personal site“, in it he expresses his concerns on how we are publishing less and less posts on our personal blogs, and instead outsourcing the publication of our personal content to the money making online services like Facebook, Twitter and Flickr, who are receiving more and more traffic that should be going to our personal sites.
I’ve recently realised I now check my Twitter profile page more frequently than my Facebook profile, a service I thought I would never get that into. I look at people’s twitter updates before I visit their personal blogs. That’s if I visit their blogs at all.
It’s so much easier to write a 140 character tweet and send it from my mobile, or through my chat program, but why don’t we spend those extra couple minutes publishing personal statements on our personal blogs. Who said our blog posts have to be longer than 140 characters?
What happens in eighty years time, when our grand children are researching the family tree, and Twitter is no longer around, nor all our tweets. Facebook have installed tracking chips in our necks and joined forces with the FBI and stored all our personal details in a secret vault 2 kilometers underground.
Sure they are not going to give two hoots about Vernon Koekemoer in 2008, but perhaps they’ll be interested in reading what I did for a living, and some of the nonsense I wrote. All in one place, not legally owned by some company, and not riddled across the internet.