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….

  • I think it’s a pretty easy endeavor in MT, eh?

  • Tom

    Is it because your individual posts aren’t separately named like most MT installs?

  • If you look at the comments on the original article you will see a technique to overcome the # issue. Basicly it comes down to substiting %23 for the # since 23 is the ASCII code for the pound sign.

  • It’s a nice idea. Caveat emptor: since Technorati is broken maybe 20% of the time, your conversation feature won’t work 20% of the time.
    BTW, Volokh has been doing this for a while now.

  • Hoder

    Jeff, it’s time to turn on your individual archiving. Otherwise the Technorati thing doesn’t work.

  • I’ve also shown how you can do this in Textpattern.

  • Tom

    I don’t know if it needs to be a “counter”, but maybe an asterisk or something… But I’d agree, Jeff – something to let you know there was conversation out there….

  • Read Cory’s write up and was left with this question; what setting? It does no good to tell people there’s a setting that does wonderful things if you don’t tell people what that setting is.
    So I’m obtuse, what’s the damn (MT) setting?

  • Jeff,
    In MT, this is all known as Trackbacks, and it does everything you ask for and more.