coComment Turns Blog Comments into Conversations

coComment is a soon-to-be-available free service that tracks the comments you post on other people’s blogs. With it, you can:

  • keep track of all your comments in one place
  • share a unified map of your comments with others (see the example)
  • republish your comments on your own personal blog
  • get alerts when people respond to your comments

This is an exciting move towards the connectedness I wrote about here previously. If successful, services like this one will effectively turn the Web into one massive forum, but with all the freedom of personal web publishing.

That said, I don’t think coComment has all the answers. For instance, as this Web-wide conversation platform develops, what should be posted as a comment and what should be posted on your own blog? If you use coComment to do both, how do you unite the two separate streams of conversation that may result? These are some of the interesting questions that will need to be answered and soon if the panacea of unrestricted online conversation that they propose is to be realized.

For now, coComment remains in an invite-only beta phase (one that I’d sorely like to participate in), but you can sign up to be notified of its upcoming public launch.

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  • http://www.vitaleffect.com Gamermk

    I must agree this is pretty exciting news. Definitely an encouraging evolution in the connectivity of online communities.

    Aside: Is anyone else tired of this guy piggy backing off of sitepoint blogs by posting where he references it in his own?

  • http://www.sitepoint.com/ Kevin Yank

    Aside: Is anyone else tired of this guy piggy backing off of sitepoint blogs by posting where he references it in his own?

    That’s actually our doing here at SitePoint, Gamermk. We figure someone posting about our blogs on his or her own site is equally valuable information to comments posted here, so we show them both.

  • http://www.dotcomwebdev.com chris ward

    There’s a bigger picture here that’s going to shake up the industry.

  • Josh

    Gamermk:

    I’m not trying to start a flame war here, but I am bit annoyed. First of all, that’s how trackbacks work. I referenced his post, so a bit of mine shows up here, since logically, if I’m referencing his post, my post may have some relevance to what he’s talking about. But, Kevin already explained that.

    The other thing is… You said “Is anyone else tired of this guy…”

    What are you talking about? This is the first SitePoint blog post I’ve EVER trackbacked on.

    I think you have me confused with someone else.