The Problem with Twitter and Blog Comments

I have a problem with Twitter in relation to my blog comments. I post links to my blog comments on Twitter as they are posted to the blog. Usually I’ll find that people will read the post and then comment on Twitter instead of the comment section of the blog. This might sound like a bit of a whiny complaint, but why is the conversation not happening in context with the original content?

I obviously appreciate any discussion around my content, but how do we solve the problem of not being able to post to both Twitter and make a blog comment. To some degree, Mashable has put a merger between the two by allowing you to post to Twitter that you have commented on a blog post, but it doesn’t allow you to continue the conversation in both places. It just sticks a flag in your Twitter stream stating that you’ve been to Mashable and have commented.

Is this a problem that BackType is supposed to solve? Maybe it’s a Data Portability or Open ID or Open Social issue? Gogle Friend Connect? Facebook Connect? I know that Twitter has not jumped on board with any of those initiatives.

Here’s what I’d like to see happen (are you listening Disqus? CoComment? Other comment companies/plugin makers?)

I’d like to see a WordPress plugin that gives an option to use Twitter credentials to post a comment on the blog comment that will cross post the first characters to their Twitter account in response (@robblatt) to me, also giving a tinyurl back to the blog post. Is that possible?

Have you seen more discussion on Twitter about your posts than in the comments of your blog lately?

7 thoughts on “The Problem with Twitter and Blog Comments”

  1. Hi,

    Yes, coComment is listening ;-)
    The main issue is to detect the Twitts as being a comment related to your blog post……
    When you create an answer in Twitter, the fact that it is an answer is just because it starts with @…. There is no real link with the initial Twitt. This mean that answers can be related to your Twitt about your blog post, or to any other Twitt. And it becomes even worse when the conversation starts, as answer might not be sent to you, but to the “commenter” in Twitter.
    However, any ideas on trying to get the conversation from Twitter are welcome !

  2. This won’t stop people from just responding inside of Twitter, but I think that people do that because there is no way to cross post easily. If I could allow someone to post to Twitter AND my blog comments at the same time this could ease this issue.

  3. Like by using a new Twitter client that does the cross post ?
    However, I do not clearly understand the process, and maybe you can help me:
    – People see your link on Twitter, and then go to your blog to read your article
    – And then, instead of commenting on your blog, they go back to Twitter to “comment” ?

    What we offer in coComment is, for commenter, to have comments done on blogs sent to Twitter. But this requires that the commenter use our service.
    The over way round is more tricky as sending a comment to a blog is platform dependent (and sometimes impossible when a Captcha style of antispam if activated on the blog).

  4. What you’re describing is the issue. People see that I’ve posted something new, read the post, then respond to me on Twitter with comments on the post.

    The solution would be to allow someone to use their Twitter credentials to leave a blog comment, but also post the first however many characters to their Twitter account, leaving room for “@robblatt” and a link. I’m sure it’s possible to do, but would require some work. I’d do it, but I know enough code to break my WordPress install and that’s about where it ends.

  5. @rob.blatt:

    Currently you can use BackType to tweet the comments you make (it does it automatically for you), but I think the bigger opportunity is to display the entire discussion (from twitter, friendfeed, digg, reddit, etc) on your blog.

  6. You are onto something here… whoever can authoritatively solve the Web 2.0 action/post/comment/etc. jungle will win big time in 2009 and beyond.

    One way to guide the blog readers a little bit is have a “Tweet your comment” link (similar to “Tweet this”) that prefills the Tweet textarea with the @reply and an additional marker, e.g. a post-id hashtag. That way, you might be able to get the feed from embedded below the post along with regular comments. Similar to how Friendfeed lets you get an embed code for your live FF feed:

    Not sure how to embed the raw Twitter RSS feed from the search, but I think Silicon Alley Insider is doing it occasionally on their blog (though not for the reason I laid out above).

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