Twitter: The Blog Comment Killer?

One of the things that has made blogs such a vibrant medium is how comments can provide as much insight and information as the blog post itself. The ability to have a conversation with the blog writer, as well as other people leaving comments is part of the “goodness” of blogging.

That said, it is interested to see how Twitter is becoming a place where people comment on blog posts, along with providing a link to the blog. It raises the issue about whether Twitter could kill blog comments or, at least, seriously wound them.

Twitter could be becoming an increasingly popular place to have comments for a few reasons.

One, it is more of a popular medium than leaving a comment on a blog. On Twitter, it’s easy for people see what you think about a blog post, rather than having to visit a blog or search for comments. At the same time, Twitter also lets people show and share other people what they have been reading.

The rise of Twitter as a way to comment on blog posts is just another way comments have become more scattered. These days, you can leave a comment about a post on places such as Friendfeed, Facebook and Hacker News.

In many respects, comments have escaped, and there’s no way to put them back in the Genie’s bottle. Of course, it does create an opportunity for a comment aggregater to take advantage of this conversation fragmentation.

For more thoughts, check out this post by Danny Brown, which ironically attracted 105 comments.

6 Comments on “Twitter: The Blog Comment Killer?”

  1. I did find it pretty ironic that that post (of all) attracted so many responses. Typical.. 😉

    I agree that Twitter is a fantastic way to expand a blog topic and go into a great new tangent online. But, it does fracture the conversation. As you mention, if a comments system developer could harness all comments in real-time, let them appear on the blog from whatever medium and then responses would go directly back to that medium, it’s be an immensely impressive way to have a conversation.

    DISQUS and js-kit are trying, but they’re not there yet.

  2. I agree. Twitter is becoming its own blog in sense. if I new program I would come up with a way to aggregate the comments about a blog post to hit both twitter and the blog post.

  3. I’d agree to an extent that twitter does harm the amount of comments that are being left on blogs, but as shown, some blogs do get many more comments than others.

    I like the idea of having some sort of app that you could place on a blog that would allow you to draw all conversations together.

  4. I agree. Twitter is becoming its own blog in sense. if I new program I would come up with a way to aggregate the comments about a blog post to hit both twitter and the blog post

  5. Appreciate the food for thought.

    Comments _on_ the blog seem effective for interacting directly with the post’s author, or interacting with the other commenters. Linking/commenting via Twitter seems more effective for opening it up more for general response. Use of one or the other should be dictated by how specific/broad one wishes the conversation or topic to be, seems to me.

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