It’s time to rethink blog comments
- Blog comments are dying
- Tweets and Twitter accounts are more frequently cited in blogs posts now
- Yet no notifications are provided to the person or tweet being cited (when not on Twitter)
- Why can’t tweets cited off Twitter act like pingbacks do for links and blogs?
- Scanned-through 182 blog posts last night
- Usual ‘X got funding $Y’ and ‘A launched B’ stuff
- One post stood out as significant:
- Re/code is now stopping comments on its site
- Re/code is a major publisher of digital news, founded only this year by the legendary Kara Swisher:
- They have re-launched their site and are now removing the ability to leave comments
- Repeat: one of the most respected digital (and social) news sites is removing the ability to perform an inherently social act
- People are leaving fewer and fewer comments on blogs
- General engagement around the news is happening on Twitter
- The journalists themselves are interacting with readers on Twitter about their article
- Ask yourself, when was the last time YOU left a comment on a blog – exactly!
Blogging is valuable though:
- It powers the real-time conversation on Twitter
- Habitually, bloggers now link to the Tweets or Twitter accounts of references
- But the connections die because there’s no notifications
- Yet engagement happens outside of the blog
- So if blogs feed tweets
- And tweets feed conversation
- Why can’t tweets act like pingbacks in links?
- So both the bloggers and the people who inspire/perpetuate the valuable discussion be ‘rewarded’?
- Doesn’t solve the whole problem (i.e. the one about attributuion or notification of citation on Twitter(
- ‘Twitter Mentions as Comments‘ plugin does what it says on the tin
- See the organised thread of comments below