Japanese Postage Stamps
I bought these stamps of Rakuten, Japan’s online auction site. Dick Bruna’s work, particularly with the Miffy character, are still very popular in Japan. Japan Post often puts out commemorative stamps with opular characters on them. Doraemon is a regular.
I bought the stamps because I liked the look of them, but when they arrived it was a reminder to me of the real purpose of stamps, to send letters, and how that system of communication has changed a lot over the last 10 years.
Recently I have been using twitter more than email. I thought back to about 10 years ago when I stopped sending surface (snail) mail and was mainly using email. At some point the balance changes and the new system becomes more widely used than the old one. With Google Wave coming out soon also, what will we call this new form of communication, for tweeting and wave creating, now loosely referred to as “micro-blogging”?
The term blog originally came from “web log”, a log of activities for the web, similar to the Captains Log on a ship. The “micro-blogging” name, therefore, sounds as if we are leaving a log of something for others to read later, but in general, many of the tweets sent out have a short shelf-life beyond which they lack relevance or entertainment value. Are tweets and wave communications more similar to a direct messaging platform than they are to a blog? Does having the ability to search through archives of tweets really help us, or do we really want to see just the most recent time-lines, like trending topics?
I am not sure the “micro-blogging” term is the right one and wonder what new word people might suggest for this type of communication which is growing and developing rapidly. When Google Wave launches we can expect more of this short form communication and with 2 competing platforms it will be interesting to see who can dominate or whether we can find a way to use both services in a cooperative way.
What are your views on Tweeting v. Blogging? Twitter v. Google Wave? Sending mail through the post office v. Email?
If we can send “DM”, direct mail on platforms like Wave and Twitter, and those services are provided to look more like an email platform, do you think people will stop using email?