Imitation Is The Sincerest Form of Flattery...
...so it has been said...
Last week, Gawker introduced a new commenting system that employs algorithms to determine which specific thread of conversation to highlight. Each thread of comments is known as a branch. It seems to borrow heavily from branch.com, as noted by BetaBeat, the New York Observer’s technology blog.
While bloggers cherish comments and webmasters embrace discussion boards, I wonder if most people who stop by blogs and websites to read specific articles really have the desire to bother to take time to leave any sort of comment, given the busy times we live in.
Case in point ::: how many times have you tried to leave a comment somewhere, only to be confronted by pop-ups, sign-in procedures, cap cha (I call it crap cha, and yes I use it here on this blog because of the assholes who spoiled it for everyone), and widgety things that supposedly sign you in with twitter or facebook but many times don't work.
Only diehard commenters attempt to leave any words behind these days - the exception being sites where commenting has become habitual for readers.
"I strongly believe that no matter what it is you’re really passionate about and covering, there’s someone else out there who cares as much about it as you. In fact, there are thousands if not millions of people out there who want to read your content; you just haven’t reached them yet." ~ The Future of Blogging