How quickly things change. The recent Pew study on social media adoption, which I blogged about here last week, showed that, as Nicholas Carr puts it, “blogging is now the uncoolest thing you can do on the Internet.”
His rationale? Teens don’t do it, so it’s not cool:
When I blog these days, I feel like I should be sitting in a rocking chair, wearing a highly absorptive undergarment, and writing posts debunking some overhyped new bunion treatment (iPads?).
It’s a funny post with a point — blogging is long-form communication. People with something to say do it. People who are just building an online social life (“ambient intimacy“) can use shorter signals to accomplish it.
The topic also arose at last week’s PSP meeting, in that students tend to be more conservative about their public information production because they are concerned about career advancement, while older professionals are more secure and interested in exploring boundaries. So, the relative privacy of Facebook and texting and Twitter is probably also a factor.