To Comment or Not to Comment

Just when you thought this topic was dead, I’m here to drudge it back up again.  I’ve attempted to analyze my commenting behaviour; I want to explain the situations in which I’m more likely to comment on original blog posts versus on FriendFeed.

Author Preference

Many bloggers have voiced their concerns over distributed conversations.  Out of respect to them, I try to comment on the original post.  However, there’s no guarantee I’ll do this 100% of the time; there are still other factors I consider (keep reading).

Author is/isn’t on FriendFeed

I’m much more likely to comment on FriendFeed if I know the author is an active FriendFeeder.

However, I will admit that I sometimes comment only on FriendFeed because I’m more interested what readers have to say than the author’s response.  This is usually a situation where I’m looking for feedback from others to get their viewpoint, rather than the author just defending their position.

FriendFeed Related

Blog posts about FriendFeed have a very good probability of receiving my comments via FriendFeed.  This way other FriendFeeders are more likely to read and respond.

Audience Exposure

At times, I’ll want to share a blog post with the FriendFeed community using the FriendFeed bookmarklet, subsequently leaving my comment there.

Comment Limit

Obviously if I’ve got more to say than FriendFeed allows, I’ll go and comment on the blog post.  But I usually just write out a new post if it gets too long.

The Blog’s Commenting System

Disqus and Intense Debate are my favourite commenting systems and make it much easier for me to leave blog comments.  I’m definitely turned off by commenting systems that make me have to enter all my details every time I want to comment. 

In addition, Disqus and Intense Debate both integrate with FriendFeed, allowing my comments to be commented on some more.

Summary

I definitely comment more on FriendFeed than anywhere else; but it’s not a rule.  I consider several factors when commenting on a post which include the interests of the author, myself, and my community.

What helps you decide where to leave a comment?

  • I pretty much follow the same basic “rules.” I can’t stand commenting on blogs that don’t have Disqus. I haven’t run into an Intense Debate blogs yet (so I’m probably missing something).

    A lot of things I comment on, I only saw because of a FriendFeed discussion, so I will go back there to comment.

  • It’s definitely a hassle commenting on blogs that don’t have an easy to use commenting system.

    There are only a couple blogs I visit regularly that have Intense Debate — I hope it becomes more widely adopted.

  • I should also add that it depends on which discussion I want to join.

  • Shey, excellent post. It’s helpful to know how you comment across the web using various services. I want to give you the heads-up on some enhancements to our IntenseDebate/FriendFeed integration. Comments you make in FriendFeed will sync with your IntenseDebate profile and comment history. This feature isn’t live yet (and no one else knows about it), but we will be rolling it out either this week or next week. I’ll keep you posted.

    Cheers,
    Michael Koenig
    IntenseDebate

  • Michael, thanks for stopping by. That is great news! Looking forward to it

  • Like the other posters, the new standard for me is Disqus. If a blog does not have Disqus installed, I’m very hesitant to leave a comment. I only comment on FF and blogs that have Disqus. My factors for leaving a comment are the same as yours, topic, community, and showing support for the author/poster.

  • Having arbitrary comments made on FF in your ID profile sounds pretty messy (and out of context). I think it’d be more ideal to push posts made from FF to the original blog. That’s why we need some sort of commenting standard to follow. 🙂

    I think we’re all getting closer to establishing something. Let’s see it happen!

  • I think the ultimate goal should be comments going all ways between the blog posts, third-party services and the commenting system.

  • Oh yes. Agreed.

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  • JCunwired

    More often than not, its the comments on FriendFeed that make me want to go to the source.

  • Julian Baldwin

    Disqus increases my chances of commenting but is not the ruling factor. Mark Dykeman of Broadcasting-Brain doesn’t use Disqus but I enjoy joining the conversations he starts and thus doesn’t prevent me from doing so. As more people learn of Disqus and understand the convenience factor, it should be harder and harder not to install it.

    As far as commenting on FF versus the blog, I’ll generally go for the blog first to pay the utmost respect for the writer taking time to share their thoughts. I comment on FF if someone shares something, writes a message or a particular blog entry demands a response that wouldn’t fit into the conversation on the blog (less likely circumstance). This is how I’ve been participating anyway, much could change as I’m in the early stages of understanding my own user patterns and habits.

  • My commenting isn’t limited to social networks. I have such a hard time finding content I feel moved enough to comment on, so once I am moved to do so…away I go 🙂

    (so bored with the political wave I could almost stop surfing alltogether for a while)

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  • Ekaraj

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