When I say Blogs are Back I mean that the balance between other forms of social media (Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed etc) are now finding their rightful balance with the first and foremost social platform, Blogging.
This is not to suggest that other forms of interaction are going away, only that there is a natural equilibrium to be struck.
There are a number of factors that are helping this trend along.
- Twitter Inc decisions that have not reflected the will of the community - particularly changing the @ behavior, changing their API without informing developers, making opaque decisions with their Suggested User List and limiting access to their Firehose.
- Facebook's continued resistance to true DataPortability
- The emergence of tools and technologies that turn blogs into real-time, first class citizens of the social web. Tools like Lijit, PubSubHubBub and of course Echo.
- A realization that blogs are a self-owned, personalized, tool agnostic way to participate in the open social web.
- The broader themes of the Synaptic Web
I also discussed this with Dave Winer, Doc Searls and Marshall Kirkpatrick the other day on the BadHairDay podcast.
Robert Scoble and Shel Israel have also posted on this. I also registered 'BlogsAreBack.com' (what should I do with it?).
I look forward to see what this new trend brings!