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June 20, 2008

vcmike

One of the more intriguing areas unfolding in social media right now is around comments.

It is no surprise that the conversation is often turning out to be the most interesting content as the web becomes increasingly social. Just like real life. And so innovations that are making it easier to make, track and read comments across different “platforms” are making a real difference and getting applause. But they often raise difficult questions about who “owns” the comments, or more accurately, the attention those comments generate.

Eric Schonfeld at TechCrunch has a good observation and suggestion:

“Of course, comments have already left the building, so to speak. Many of the most interesting comments about a blog post may occur on Twitter or FriendFeed or some other service. Now Seesmic joins that trend. For what it is worth, Le Meur says that he will soon add the ability to attach related link to each video. But if all of these services—Twitter, FriendFeed, Seesmic, etc,—really want to play nice, they would figure out a way to automatically seed comments back into the original post that is being talked about. Who wants to create that set of APIs?”

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