I told myself a long time ago that I wouldn’t link to one of Robert Scoble’s articles. I have no sensible reason for this, just a mild distaste I found left in my mouth after reading some of his posts a year or so back. Nothing personal, I just… didn’t find his style to my liking. I don’t know why, but something simply rubbed me up the wrong way. You can’t like everyone in this world, I have discovered, and rather than be mean I just went elsewhere for my reading pleasure. I’ve stuck to my guns for over twelve months now and hadn’t even noticed I was missing anything until Stowe the other day pointed me at Scobleizer in my quest for CoCo codes.
I realised that, personal dislike of tone aside, I was cutting off my own nose to spite my face – here was a valuable source of information and opinion. Some people become A-Listers for a reason and, if I want to disagree with something, I should be as fully informed as possible. Know thy enemy!
Anyway, just because Vienna shows me the feeds, it doesn’t mean I have to read them, right? Subscribe I did.
This morning, he had a post about another CommentTracker (myComment) that was released around the same time as coComment, but that slipped through the net of public attention.
If ever there was a lesson in the benefit of getting the A-List on your side, coComment is IT!
Aside from genius viral marketing, now I am aware of the existence of myComment, why am I going to be sticking with coComment?
Well, from what little I can gather from the myComment site, MyCo relies on a plugin installed on the site you are commenting on. If the blog doesn’t have the plugin, then your comment will not be tracked. CoCo on the other hand simply requires the person doing the conversation to have an account.
A subtle difference, to be sure, but the main reason I was drawn to CoCo (and why I expect so many others were as well) is that it tracks all the comments I make, regardless of where they are. *1* MyCo on the other hand will only track comments I make on blogs that have the plugin. What of blogs such as .blogspot.com or .wordpress.com where people can’t install plugins?
Why the onus should be on the commenter, not the host, is a topic for another day. Perhaps it shouldn’t be. Perhaps it really should be up to the host-blogger to make this functionality available to us. But, at the moment, that is impractical. CoCo relies on a much lower level of market saturation to work than MyCo would. Whilst, at the moment, CoCo only tracks comments made by CoCo-registered people, it provides (semi-)automatic logging of all of the conversations you have participated in. I don’t (really) care that CoCo only shows my comments, and a few others, at the moment. I know that it will show a good 95% of the comments I have made across the Web. MyCo, on the other hand, will only supply a partial picture of the comments I make.
For MyCo to work, it needs for more or less the entire Internet to adopt it. For CoCo to work, it just needs me to remember to hit a bookmarklet (or to install a Greasemonkey script and forget about it).
Oh, and because I am dealing with something Scobleizer put me on to, I will deal with something else of his at the same time – congratulations Atariboy for your top-spot. Not that, you know, such rankings are really all that representative. High traffic doesn’t automatically equate to good content. I know blogs with a readership of five that I enjoy reading more than blogs with a readership in the thousands. Still credit where it’s due, Atariboy has some good content. So, I am forced to admit now, does Robert. And there’s no denying that a link from the Scobleizer is worth its weight in Blogosphere-Gold. Mildly ironic. Linking to the chap who knocked him off the top spot is likely to make it harder to get back up… At least for the moment.
It was a nice touch. Done with a certain flair. If I wasn’t feeling all grumpy this morning because I can’t get my hair curly like it was yesterday, I’d be forced to reevaluate my opinions of the afore mentioned Microsoft blogger. But, I’m feeling grumpy, so I don’t have to. Ah, don’t you just love being female and having the excuse of hormones to be nasty?
*1*Well, it has the potential to. At the moment it has to be on one of the big-six blogs that CoCo can deal with. Hit that snag this morning with Performancing.com…Back