Enabling the conversation

Enabling the conversation
: Honest to God, I was sitting on the couch last night thinking, gee, wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a link on every post to see who’s linking to it and what they’re saying: the point-to-point Technorati.

And this morning, I see that Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing has done just that.

Dave Sifry explains how to do it yourself.

What’s so great about Technorati is that it enables the conversation: You say something; I link to it and react; you link back; somebody else links to one of us. It’s the conversation.

I looked at what Cory and Dave created and explained and said to myself it’d be even better if it did one more thing. And then came a message from Cory asking for two more great ideas: A counter so you can tell whether there are links and a degree-of-separation that lets you know not only who linked to this post but who linked to the links in this post (that is, who else linked to Cory’s post above).

The conversation gets more and more voices. It’s a chorus.

: Hmmm. I just tried it but it didn’t work for me, because it didn’t pick up the anchor tag for my permalinks….