I gave this a considerable amount of thought prior to deciding to write about it. Robert Scoble made three posts that I couldn’t wrap my brain around. The first one was about his comments being down (again) and pondering whether or not he should turn comments off. The second post was about a new technology Robert is playing with that could end the need for comments:
It also will make comments unnecessary. Why? Because there are systems coming that’ll match up – in minutes – a main post and all the comments being made about that post.
Then he made a post requesting input for those who are blogging badly.
Turning off comments would be blogging badly – it stops the conversation. Of course, if he turns off comments in my opinion, his blog is no longer a blog, it’s a website. So I hope his blogging book has the difference between a web site and a blog in it.
And yes, blogs are about conversation, which Robert would be slowing down without comments. Even with the technology he’d be slowing the conversation down because unless this new technology addresses people without web sites, that leaves out a large number of people being able to express their opinion.
And that is what makes no sense to me. Robert said on his blog:
But, when you see this thing (probably a couple more months) you’ll see that all you need to do to leave a comment on my blog is to have a blog yourself and link to it.
Don’t bloggers (and especially businesses) want to hear from people who don’t have web sites? There are more people without web sites than have web sites:so it makes zero sense to me why he would want to shut these people out. Their opinions are valuable.
Unless he’s banking on people like me who believe in comments and perhaps might write about what he said and he can read the comments elsewhere. Very different though that talking directly to the blogger. That was the appeal – it’s what made him popular:the ability to converse directly with a Microsoft employee.
I just find it ironic how many contradicting statements were posted in one day.