Micro-blogging (or tumble-logging) has become pretty popular thanks to platforms like Tumblr, Jaiku, Cromple and especially Twitter. Google’s acquisition of Jaiku is also a sign that blogging is switching to what’s called micro-blogging, where each post is like a status update of what you are doing or at least shorter posts than you see on traditional blogs. What makes these blogs popular is that you no longer have to worry about the look and spelling, and most importantly content of your posts. They are not to publish content, rather, they function as a way to be updated about what your friends are doing (Tumblr might be an exception to this).

Tumblr is a simplified (idiot-proof?) blogging system, which encourages you to post media along with your posts with an easy interface. Jaiku, Cromple and Twitter, on the other hand, work similar to each other. They allow you to view an ever-changing public timeline (meaning, what all other users are doing, which gets updated any second). Jaiku and Twitter also allow you to update your status with your mobile phones through text messaging.

As for WordPress;

While these platforms were growing, WordPress did not really get enough credit for its capabilities. WordPress have been capable of doing all these by itself actually. Because WordPress allows you to create highly-customizable themes from scratch (that basically allows you to do anything), and it’s already backed up with features that allow you to blog with any device that you can access the internet, it already allowed micro-blogging. Guys at Automattic (the company behind WordPress) have recently released a Twitter-like theme called Prologue that allows you to post in the vein of micro-blogging. The screenshot is pretty self-explanatory, so I am not going into details. What WordPress can do more than those services like Jaiku and Twitter is that it allows you to have a multi-author blog (Jaiku has a channel to have this feature). This means that you can set up a blog to make small posts about anything with your friends, or with anyone. Please see the screenshot of Prologue below or check out the official demo at wordpress.com, or download it from the repository here.

Prologue - Twitter -like WordPress theme

As for mobile blogging – WordPress has had the support for email blogging for a long time now. All you need to do is to get a secret e-mail address that noone knows and make the settings under Options / Writing menu. Then you change the “Post via e-mail” section with your own settings and start posting with your e-mail. If you have a wap or e-mail enabled mobile phone (most phones produced in the last few years support this), you can easily send emails through there, which is a lot cheaper than sending text messages most of the time. Afterwards, all you need to do is to create a cron job as explained here (check with your hosting administration panel or use the Wp-Cron plugin as suggested on the link, or use the method that allows to update your blog everytime here is a visit to your site, called browser activation). Most hosting companies will allow you to do this. This way, you can make your WordPress installation to check emails whenever you want – every 10 minutes, every hour, each day or even every minute (not really sure if hosting companies will like this though).

Alternatively, you can also post using your PDA. While there are a couple more plugins that are able to do this, I am personally using WordPress PDA plugin. This plugin allows my visitors to see a light and simplified version of my blog with their mobile gadgets while letting me to have a mobile version of the WordPress admin section, making posting a breeze while you are on the go.

Basically, WordPress owns!


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