Microblogging is a new form of blogging that has ramped up quickly and created various offshoots uses of itself apart from a common use of updating/publishing thoughts in form of text (usually less than 200 characters),evenmore, microblogging is said to be used as tool in communication, productivity, e-commerce, brand exposure and in many cases a serious business tool because of its instant information retrieval nature, thus nearly a real time info exchange.
While on global scale brands like Twitter (need no intro) and Jaiku are main players along with Pownce (from Digg), India is also deliberately paving way in Microblogging, though Twitter remain the key player in India too, a lot of Microblogging platforms were introduced in past 6 months in India. Below are major microblogging platforms in India;
A web app from Indian mobile technology company Webaroo, SMSGupShup is major Indian microblogging platform. It provide users to send/free free text SMS to any mobile device. Unlike to Twitter, it provide its users to create and join groups to send and recieve SMSs to and from users in these groups respectively.
As apparent, sending and receiving SMS via mobile and online site usage seems to have 1:5 ratio thus the site doesn’t appeal much sleek in UI.
Moroever, Vakow guys have worked to develop way, through Tiwtter API, so that one can send updates from their mobile devices to twitter via Vakow, reason being Vakow cost less twitter, when it comes to sending message from any mobile devices in India to twitter servers.
In kwippy, the whole focus is on the Instant Messenger, right now Gmail adress book(Gtalk) and Yahoo only. The friends list on the instant messenger is the most intimate friends list you can find, of all social networks – as per Kwippy blog. The microblog app presently is in private beta, but one would get invite soon in a day or two. Rest is much similar to Twitter such as lingo like ‘followers’,’following’ and twits being Kwips here.
At Mytoday Mobs, one can create groups or closed user groups via cellphones called – Mobs, than can send messages over cellphone to other users who ever join your group/ Mobs. The service provides keywords to use in SMS such as Create to create mob, PUB to publish, Start to join Mobs and one can register for service in India by SMSing ACCEPT CityName to 575758.