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A technology that is used extensively for Learning is the Blog. In this section we will look at both the micro-blog and the blog.

A Blog or "weblog" (Cyber Business Centre[1], 2003; Winer, 2002[2]) is an online diary or journal, typically documenting the day-to-day life of an individual, and has become a way in which individuals can record unstructured comments and allow reader annotations.

In November 2006, Technorati, a blog search engine, was tracking more than 57 million (BBC, 2006[3]), and by April 2008, 112.8 million (Technorati, n.d.[4]).

Examples of Blog software include

  • WordPress Download (1).png
  • Blogger (Google) Google Blogger.png
  • Tumblr Tumblr logo.jpg
  • Medium Medium Favicon.jpg
  • LiveJournal Live-journal.jpg

Tumblr lets you share anything you like effortlessly [5]

Medium connects people, stories, and ideas that matter to you. [6]

LiveJournal is a community publishing platform, willfully blurring the lines between blogging and social networking. [7]

For an intro to blogging WikiEducator has some training at

Examples of Microblog software include

  • Twitter Download (2).png
  • (discontinued 2013) Indenti logo.jpg
  • twiducate ( )
    • A free resource for educators. Developed in 2009, the goal is to create a medium for teachers and students to continue their learning outside the classroom. twiducate attempts to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners in a social networking environment.

Blog comparison

Blog Advantages Disadvantages Issues
Twitter Allows use of #hash tag for organising New users need mobile device to create an account (changed 2014)
  • Free public host (
  • Automatic updating
.com has no Google analytics or Google AdWords. Has its own stats and advertising possible (WordAds = specialised one for WordPress, and you need to attach your site to a domain name) Allows fully customisable private hosting (including changing CSS and adding custom plug-ins) Able to use Google Analytics & Adwords
Blogger (Google) Very easy to use and to start up and free Uploading a photo can take sometime to put up
Sites (Google) Must be completely shared for others to make comments
Tumblr It combines Blogging and social media together, other users blogs can be reblogged to your own tumblr, very easy to use There are limitations on theme designs, business blogging is difficult on tumblr Your tumblr site can be unavailable when they have issues until they have fixed the problem
Medium It is blog Platform where people can share their idea and stories. It is not easy to customize.
LiveJournal It is a blog that encourages communal interaction. Not that much convenient.
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VmvIcon References.png References

  1. Cyber Business Center. (2003). Full Glossary Listing. University of Nottingham. Retrieved April 28, 2008, from
  2. Winer, D. (2002). The History of Weblogs. Retrieved December 11, 2004, from
  3. BBC. (2006). Blogosphere sees healthy growth. Retrieved April 27, 2008, from
  4. Technorati. (n.d.). About Us. Retrieved April 27, 2008 from
  5. Tumblr. (2007). About Tumblr. Retrieved March 16, 2015, from
  6. Medium. (2012). About Medium. Retrieved March 29, 2015, from
  7. LiveJournal. (1999). About LiveJournal. Retrieved April 02, 2015, from

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