I never used to leave comments on blogs. I lacked the confidence. I didn’t think I had anything to contribute. Since I started this site, I have made a point to leave comments. Now, I enjoy the interaction with others. Well, usually. The most enjoyable sites to comment on are one’s where the author responds and appreciates her community.
As I started commenting more, I found it difficult to keep track of where I had commented. Sometimes I would ask a question and then forget to return and see if there was a response. I’ve tried a couple of solutions to this and am currently using commentful by blogflux.
I am intrigued by Disqus, especially since the new WordPress plugin which syncs Disqus with WordPress, but am hesitant to install it. For example, they had an outage last night, which affected comments. At least when I am in complete control I only have to worry about the stability of my web host, which, after 5 great years has not been so good lately.
Ok, I went off on a tangent there. Commentful requires a free registration and then allows you to track up to 200 comment threads. It works best with Firefox and Flock because you can install the extension and simply right click and select ‘add to commentful’ on a page that has comments that you want to track. When new comments have been added to a watched thread, the yellow ball that the extension installs at the bottom of the browser will turn green. Click on the ball and your watchlist will be opened. The threads with new comments will be highlighted and you can click through to the site.
For other browsers comments can be tracked and viewed using a bookmarklet and RSS feeds. Instructions are on the Usage Page.
This isn’t an ideal solution. Sometimes it doesn’t work, although it has been stable lately, and when I emailed support they never responded to me.
Do you leave blog comments? Do you care about tracking them? If so, what is your method of comment tracking. I would love to find out about other solutions.
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