Posts Tagged ‘DaveWiner’

Commenting and Blogs

Commenting on blog posts, reading the comments associated with one of your own blog posts, and responding to the comments left on your posts, is an important part of blogging. The discourse between author and commenter often results in the original author refining or further clarifying his/her post as it did in this case in a recent MobileCrunch post.

"Ryan Daigle, took the time to comment suggesting that perhaps I was mistaken and that Yahoo was far from being in such a predicament. Ryan, thanks for putting me to rights. –"

Unfortunately, blog commenting is under attack and bloggers are losing the war. Comment spam, off-topic comments, and flaming for the sake of flaming, are destroying the forum. Many bloggers, like Jason Kottke of simply can’t keep up and they’re disabling their commenting systems. More recently, the Washington Post disabled their commenting system.

"But there are things that we said we would not allow, including personal attacks, the use of profanity and hate speech. Because a significant number of folks who have posted in this blog have refused to follow any of those relatively simple rules, we’ve decided not to allow comments for the time being. It’s a shame that it’s come to this. –"

Somebody needs to develop a technical solution for this problem ASAP. 1st we lost Trackback functionality, commenting is under attack and the casualties are stacking up – to top it off, blogs are being attacked by splogs on all fronts. Whose going to lead the fight. Dave Winer’s comments about the recent announcement were surprising. Please comment ; )

Blogosphere Smackdown or Calculated Marketing Effort

Set the stage by announcing a product or a service that bloggers might have an interest in.
Audible – WordCast Announcement

Hire Allow somebody with zero PR skills to represent you in the Blogosphere - somebody more interested in promoting their technorati profile than your product or service: Mitch Ratcliffe

Blogebrity (top bloggers) blog and podcast about the announcement:

Blogger-for-hire posts the post that really heats things up (roasting Blogebrity) and the Blogosphere Smackdown begins 11/13: See More on the future of podcasting - the good stuff is in the comments.

Or, was this a calculated marketing effort that unfolded exactly the way Mitch and Audible wanted it to. Mitch’s inflammatory posts and comments created a ton of free buzz around the Audible announcement. Did Dave, Om, Doc Searl, and others play right into a calculated marketing effort? I guess it would be a form of viral marketing – or, does it deserve a new name.


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