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.