Twitter vs. the Blog Comment

In the early days of blogging, there were no lack of comments because pre-Twitter and pre-Facebook, it was one of the few ways that people could engage with content.

Today, there are lots of options – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Friendfeed, etc. While comments are still alive, my take is people aren’t as enthusiastic about them, and they don’t have the same cache as they might have a few years ago.

One of the biggest impacts on the comment is Twitter, which lets people post a mini-comment about a blog post or retweet a post they find interesting. A Twitter update or retweet is a faster and more efficient way to respond, and whatever the person has to say gets instantly distributed to their network.

So the question that begs to be asked whether the update and retweet has supplanted the comment as the way to engage with blogs? While comments are still happening and much appreciated by bloggers, Twitter is becoming, in many respects, a blog comment system in and of itself.

4 Comments on “Twitter vs. the Blog Comment”

  1. Twitter has certainly replaced the mundane “hey, great insight!” type of comment. But it hasn’t replaced the function of a well considered comment over 140chars (minus space taken up by the link in a tweet).

    But there are a lot of coments that get left unsaid, I think, because it’s easier or faster to post a few words and the link on Twitter and move on about our business.

  2. There are some bloggers who pride themselves on creating “communities” around a very active blog (in terms of comments); however, I find that the majority of the so-called communities are actually echo chambers of narrow-casted opinions, i.e., all of the same.

    I’m thinking of one blogger whom I’ve lobbed a few Twitter comments to that did not reflect that blogger’s opinion on some blog posts (i.e., an alternative point of view and criticisms). That blogger never responds to me on Twitter. I guess only fawning agreement is encouraged.

    It also means that I don’t bother commenting on the actual blog posts. (Will likely unfollow the individual at some point, too.)

    There may be fewer comments left on blogs, but I still say that the ones you receive (or leave) can be pure gold AND they can introduce you to new people and ideas, beyond The Usual Suspects.

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