More and more people are blogging light. According to Quantcast, in the past year, Tumblr has tripled its monthly visits to over 300 million, 8.5 times more pageviews per month than its counterpart WordPress.com.
Here is a list of lightweight blogging platforms. There are micro-blogging platforms, which limit posts to around 140 characters. And there are streaming platforms, which offer a rich media experience while being brief and to the point. All of these sites are free, although some offer additional premium services.
Lightweight blogging sites
Twitter. The go-to micro-blogging platform. Use Twitter to provide quick updates through a web browser, mobile app, or text message. Access Twitter Developers site and develop your own third-party application.
Presently. Create a personalized microblogging network that matches your organization. Present.ly offers a free hosted version. If users need more security, a downloadable enterprise version is available for a license fee.
Qaiku. Qaiku is a microblogging site that integrates with Twitter. Build your feed and watch your radar as others mention you. Messages have a maximum of 140 characters.
Hictu. Hictu is a microblogging site for posting short videos, audio, and text. Video and audio clips are a maximum of 60 seconds, text messages have a maximum of 160 characters.
IRateMyDay. IRateMyDay is a microblogging site for assessing your day. Write brief comments as you quantify your feelings. Messages have a maximum of 200 characters.
StatusNet. StatusNet is an open source corporate social network that supports microblogging and activity feeds. Similar to Present.ly, it is aimed at enterprise-wide microblogging. The basic version is free; the premium version is $ 3 per user / month.
Identi.ca. Identi.ca is a microblogging service based on the free StatusNet tool. Post little messages about yourself, where you are, what you do, or pretty much whatever you want. Messages have a maximum of 140 characters.
Plurk. Use Plurk to share the things that make up your life. Share via web or mobile phone. Messages have a maximum of 140 characters.
Hello. Created by the founder of Twitpic, Heello has become a parallel universe version of Twitter, filled with micro-blogs from fake creators. Messages have a maximum of 140 characters.
Tumblr. Tumblr is the leading platform for lightweight blogging. Tumblr allows you to easily share mixed media: text, photos, links, audio and video. There is a wide variety of customizable themes. Post from your browser, phone or email.
Posterous. Posterous Spaces is a bright blogging platform with over 10 million hits per month. Share text, photos, videos, sound, and whatever else you want to share. Dissemination on other social networks. Publish on the fly with the iPhone or Android app.
Floort. Floort is a site for telling the world what you think about just about any topic. Share your perspective, then find out what your audience is thinking.
DailyBooth. DailyBooth is a lightweight blogging platform for posting photos and short texts about your life.
Kontain. Kontain is another blogging platform with photos and short text.
Remember. Rememble is a lightweight blogging platform for bringing together text, photos, videos, sounds, and more. Connect your content and share your story.