Upgrading to Blogging 2.0

Blogs are a really good tool for putting your thoughts out there and connecting with people. You can subscribe to interesting blogs, and receive them updated daily in a ‘newspaper’ format, using an easy to use RSS Aggregator such as FeedDemon. The Aggregator pulls down the information to tell you when your favourite blog is updated, and you can click through to the content.

However, one of the most useful features of blogs is the ability to leave comments on other people’s blogs, and enter into discussions with the bloggers regarding their ideas. But News Aggregators only look up information about new blog articles, they don’t return information about when comments have been replied to. You have to remember which blog articles you commented on, navigate back, and check for replies. The major appealing functionality of RSS – the ability to pull down information about updates and let you know – is not available.

We can contrast blogging with user discussion forums and threaded newsgroup conversations, where your news client or the discussion forum keeps track of the conversation in a threaded manner. Right now, blogging does not have this functionality that was previously available with previous technologies.

Maybe there is some workaround for this (please let me know) and I know some RSS aggregators pull back some of this information. But the next step in blogging technology, ‘Blogging 2.0’, needs to include a mechanism to pull back information regarding when other people have commented to blog articles you have replied to. And this needs to be available in easy to use widely used aggregators like FeedDemon.

4 Responses to Upgrading to Blogging 2.0
  1. Cody McKibben
    April 15, 2007 | 12:31 AM

    Hi Lauchlan, you know there are many blogs these days that will let you subscribe to "comments RSS" so you can be updated when there are new comments after yours. But only some of those are specific to the blog post.

    There is a service called co.mments.com that will allow you to track specific comments you have made on others' blogs and the replies to those. It would be a neat function to see worked into an RSS reader! 🙂

    -Cody

  2. Dr. Lauchlan A. K. Mackinnon
    April 15, 2007 | 12:38 AM

    Thanks Cody, I'll check out co.mments.com, it sounds re

    I know several blogs I visit don't provide comments rss by deault, so I have to check back and see if anyone's commented.

    Have a great day

    Lauchlan Mackinnon

  3. Jack Vinson
    April 15, 2007 | 4:37 AM

    Lauchlan-

    Since you've commented on my space recently… My blog is one that offers commentRss now, so you can subscribe to the feed for individual comments. I also offer an "extended" feed that includes recent comments as well as recent posts.

    You might want to check on the newer readers that can handle a commentRss feed. This way you just click a button while you are reading to have it check for any updates. (No need to find the comment feed URL.)

  4. Dr. Lauchlan A. K. Mackinnon
    April 15, 2007 | 7:53 AM

    Hi Jack,

    Thanks for that.

    What do I have to do to subscribe to the comments (just for the posts I responded to) as well as to the articles?

    I think you're right about RSS aggregators – I asked Newgator about supporting this 6 months or a year ago and they just weren't interested at all. I remember SharpReader had this functionality about a year or two ago.

    I like FeedDemon because of the UI and ease of use, but it has to keep up with the feature set of competitors . . .

Upgrading to Blogging 2.0

Blogs are a really good tool for putting your thoughts out there and connecting with people. You can subscribe to interesting blogs, and receive them updated daily in a ‘newspaper’ format, using an easy to use RSS Aggregator such as FeedDemon. The Aggregator pulls down the information to tell you when your favourite blog is updated, and you can click through to the content.

However, one of the most useful features of blogs is the ability to leave comments on other people’s blogs, and enter into discussions with the bloggers regarding their ideas. But News Aggregators only look up information about new blog articles, they don’t return information about when comments have been replied to. You have to remember which blog articles you commented on, navigate back, and check for replies. The major appealing functionality of RSS – the ability to pull down information about updates and let you know – is not available.

We can contrast blogging with user discussion forums and threaded newsgroup conversations, where your news client or the discussion forum keeps track of the conversation in a threaded manner. Right now, blogging does not have this functionality that was previously available with previous technologies.

Maybe there is some workaround for this (please let me know) and I know some RSS aggregators pull back some of this information. But the next step in blogging technology, ‘Blogging 2.0’, needs to include a mechanism to pull back information regarding when other people have commented to blog articles you have replied to. And this needs to be available in easy to use widely used aggregators like FeedDemon.

4 Responses to Upgrading to Blogging 2.0
  1. Cody McKibben
    April 15, 2007 | 12:31 AM

    Hi Lauchlan, you know there are many blogs these days that will let you subscribe to "comments RSS" so you can be updated when there are new comments after yours. But only some of those are specific to the blog post.

    There is a service called co.mments.com that will allow you to track specific comments you have made on others' blogs and the replies to those. It would be a neat function to see worked into an RSS reader! 🙂

    -Cody

  2. Dr. Lauchlan A. K. Mackinnon
    April 15, 2007 | 12:38 AM

    Thanks Cody, I'll check out co.mments.com, it sounds re

    I know several blogs I visit don't provide comments rss by deault, so I have to check back and see if anyone's commented.

    Have a great day

    Lauchlan Mackinnon

  3. Jack Vinson
    April 15, 2007 | 4:37 AM

    Lauchlan-

    Since you've commented on my space recently… My blog is one that offers commentRss now, so you can subscribe to the feed for individual comments. I also offer an "extended" feed that includes recent comments as well as recent posts.

    You might want to check on the newer readers that can handle a commentRss feed. This way you just click a button while you are reading to have it check for any updates. (No need to find the comment feed URL.)

  4. Dr. Lauchlan A. K. Mackinnon
    April 15, 2007 | 7:53 AM

    Hi Jack,

    Thanks for that.

    What do I have to do to subscribe to the comments (just for the posts I responded to) as well as to the articles?

    I think you're right about RSS aggregators – I asked Newgator about supporting this 6 months or a year ago and they just weren't interested at all. I remember SharpReader had this functionality about a year or two ago.

    I like FeedDemon because of the UI and ease of use, but it has to keep up with the feature set of competitors . . .