Like Blogging but Micro

I am a frequent user of Twitter, Facebook and Vine, as well as dabbling in various other forms of microblogging sites. However it was only recently that I began to ask myself why I used these sites and if I actually gained anything through the hours a week that I spend on them.

Before discussing the implications and effects of microblogging it is essential to understand what microblogging actually is. As with most terms these days there are many definitions of the phrase McFedries (2007) says that microblogging is ‘about posting updates, ideas or simply quick notifications. Whilst the Merriam-Webster online dictionary states that it is ‘blogging done with severe space or size constraints typically by posting frequent brief messages about personal activities’.

So why do people microblog? What is the point? What do people gain from it?