Fresh from going "back to the blog" Dan Cohen wrote an interesting piece about why he wanted to also take more control of his social presence.

His solution? Use a hosted account and link it to a subdomain on his own site. A common setup.

Despite the shortcomings of other alternatives he explains how he has "continued to prospect for a post-Twitter life over the years". Opting for illustrates how different people see and use such a service.

As I've written on a number of occasions, is a multi-faceted beast - part blog hosting solution, part social timeline. Using it as a Twitter alternative indicates the latter is more the focus. And that's fine.

It leads me to wonder, though, how many of those with hosted blogs use as a social network and forget that their items are actually blog posts.

Does it matter?

The flexibility of a service like means it can be different things to different people but could that have a downside?

Ownership and control of our words, having them on a blog rather than in a social network, is likely to make us more considerate of what we post. When we can abdicate (rightly or wrongly) a certain degree of responsibility over our words because they are thrown into a social maelstrom, safe in the knowledge they'll be soon lost in the storm, it makes us less likely to think before we post.

Treating something as just a Twitter replacement could negate this sense of ownership. When it is also a blogging platform, where your words are readily accessible long term, the more disposable behaviour of a social network may cause problems in such an environment.