This was retweeted twelve times in five minutes after I posted it. Blogs can’t move news that fast.
Eric Boehlert at TPM says the liberal blogosphere faces two challenges. Keeping readership after Obama’s win (and liberal blog readership has plummented since Obama got elected), and staying relevant when the real time web like Twitter and Facebook are fast becoming the communications channels of choice.
Uber-tech blogger Robert Scoble now uses his blog just for major stories, and does everything else on the real time web, specifically on Friendfeed. Yeah, he’s an early adopter, but that process will be happening to political bloggers too. Else they’ll get left behind.
I’m doing much now on Twitter, Friendfeed, and Facebook, both for personal updates and for politics. Feedback happens much faster and posts can get resent instantly. I tweeted last night about that senior ayatollah who said the election was a fraud. It got retweeted twelve times in five minutes and doubtless was retweeted again and again. Blogs, liberal or otherwise, just can’t move information that fast.
Another problem I see already happening is that some commentators on liberal blogs are in danger of becoming DC insiders themselves, and thus losing that all-important outsider perspective. They may think they can waltz into DC, change it, and take over. But DC has ways of absorbing and neutralizing such reformists (and has had lots of practice in doing so.)