R.I.P. Blogging, Killed By Screenshorts
Halibutboy Flatfish stashed this in Fail
TOO MANY WORDS!!! But now you get to read them in the worst format possible. This is what you've wrought, non-readers.
Screenshorts are the Daisy Dukes of Twitter. Tacky but people cannot look away.
I blame Chris Dixon but apparently Pink and Justin Bieber did it long before him.
Maybe they all just learned it from Buzzfeed:
This just plain sucks:
Are screenshorts slowly killing blogging as we know it? For some things, I think so, because it’s an easier and more authentic way to reach your fans, friends or followers directly on social media than it is to spend time setting up a blog and then sharing out the link.
Sharing text as an image has other benefits too: it helps increase shareability on social media because we respond better to visuals versus text. A test by Buffer found that it leads to 150 percent more retweets than a tweet without an image. If that’s true, it’s no wonder everyone’s blogging as an image.
I found the smoking gun of who invented screenshorts. Semil Shah:
Semil instagrammed and tweeted this 30 months ago:
I discovered that in a recent exchange between Semil Shah and Chris Dixon:
First off, I am amazed and love the fact that we can track down to the minute something new is created. And that we can all do it.
On the medium, I have mixed feeling - being more visual it grabs my attention, and I may need it grabbed, and I can see myself becoming immune to it, maybe annoyed. I personally love the challenge of a good tweet with nothing more to pull someone in. For me I like what grabs my attention with the words, a good picture, and I link to more (article, blog, paper, etc). Reading blurbs in images could add up to empty information calories for after a while.
Yeah, I like that we can track something back to its inception too, Dan.
And I understand your mixed feelings. A few good ones mixed in our Twitter feeds can keep things interesting but if Twitter starts filling up with screenshorts it could get annoying.