Maybe it’s because I, ahem, keep a blog, but I don’t entirely agree with this. It’s true that blogging isn’t the severely cutting edge pastime it was a few years ago (although I’d argue it’s still somewhat “cutting edge” outside the technorati), but I also think that Flickr, Facebook and Twitter – the so called “replacement” mediums – serve entirely different purposes. And thus aren’t really replacements.
Flickr is about, well, images (duh) and Facebook is about staying in touch with friends. Twitter meanwhile, while great for effortless and immediate communication (and while also a pastime I engage in) is by and large too short form to communicate anything with substance, and beyond banal for the poor people reading – particularly if they don’t use the site themselves (ever tried reading through someone else’s list of tweets?). Yes, even more banal than blogs.
I was interested to read of Jason Calcanis’s move to a mailing list, but that’s not exactly cutting edge either. Anyone remember the yahoogroups of the early noughties?