Perusing Twitter last night I came across a tweet from @jenbee mentioning a blog diagram that was published in the NYT Opt–Eds section two years ago form Paula Scher. A couple years ago when it came out I did a quick post suggesting that the diagram illustrated more about the conversation over at Design Observer and not the blogosphere in general. The question that Jen Bekman was posing I thought was worth briefly exploring again. A lot can happen in 2 years “To diagram a blog today without taking Twitter, Fb +/or Tumblr into account might render its result irrevelant. I wonder how Ms. Scher would revise this diagram today, 2+ years later.”
Today it seems like you either agree or disagree with what a blog post, and if you think someone else is going to get something out of it, a reader will either tweet or reblog it. The minutiae of the conversation as illustrated above is a lot more complex than it is today. The loop that I’m thinking about was something I posted last week titled Talking to the Crowd. I suggested that “there’s discussions, posts, reblogs, tweets and retweets and even more interjection”, and how does one measure the value of a blog post? While not the only way and to the consternation of some, it’s the reblog “It’s also a vote that the writer has something of value. Stuff that isn’t interesting doesn’t travel on the interwebs.”
What might be different today with those that visit and read other blogs is that a visitor is more likely to have their own blog site. And if they don’t have that they’re probably on Twitter and Facebook. Because of those tools that they have at their fingers they can be part of the conversation by posting something about the post as much as leaving a comment with the original post.