[fr] Twitter n'est pas en train de tuer les conversations dans les commentaires des blogs. Le bavardage s'est déplacé dans Twitter, Friendfeed, Facebook -- mais quand certains disent que la conversation y est meilleure, ils ignorent le fait qu'il y a plusieurs sortes de conversation.
Hey, another “vs.” post! It must be because I get tired quickly of people comparing apples and oranges, and saying that we’re not going to eat apples anymore because we now have oranges.
A good year and a half ago there was some talk around the fact that the conversation had moved out of blogs and into Twitter and Friendfeed.
That’s not quite true: some of the conversation has moved from blog comments into the stream. The chatter, mainly.
Just like, when comments first started appearing on weblogs (remember those times, folks?) — well, some of the conversation that was happening from blog post to blog post moved into the comments.
But there was already conversation. Blogs without comments are still blogs.
So, what has happened? The more immediate, chat-like conversation has indeed moved out of blog comments and into Twitter, Facebook, and Friendfeed-like services. The short one-liners. But the real value-adding comments, those that make the conversation meaningful, those that actually discuss in depth what the blogger wrote, or contribute something beyond “great post” or “load of horseshit” — those are still there in our blog comments.
I see a parallel here with the distinction I make between live-tweeting and live-blogging. I’m not anti-Twitter or anti-anything: I love Twitter, and use it for more than my fair share of chatter. But the chatter of today most often has lost its appeal tomorrow, and will not take the place of deep conversation that one can catch up with even once it has gone cold.
This, by the way, is also the root of my dislike of threaded conversations on blogs.
- Against Threaded Conversations on Blogs [en] (2008)
- Twitter Killed My Blog and Comments Killed Our Links [en] (2010)
- Tumblr to Capture Comments? [en] (2008)
- FriendFeed's Missing Feature [en] (2009)
- Secrets of my Online Presence Revealed! [en] (2009)
- Disqus Plugin Aftermath: Removing Duplicate Comments [en] (2009)
- Conversation Feeds [en] (2006)
- Catching up With Backtype [en] (2010)
- Twitter: We Love Our Partial Conversations [en] (2007)
- Back Online [en] (2008)
4 thoughts on “Conversation in Comments vs. Conversation in Twitter [en]”
Good post – I agree with your points. I very definitely know the type of ‘comment’ that I want to leave either on someone’s blog, or send them as a tweet. Typically a tweet will be along the 3 or 4 word line, that doesn’t really add much to the original post. But when I leave a comment, I deem it as something longer and more insightful that (I hope) adds something to the content. There are times when it’s hard to know which medium to use to communicate, but I think we’re individually developing our own subtleties that suit us and our online habits.