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Another advantage to writing posts, rather than commenting

def dayCoder(self):: Blog Comments:

“The first post on this blog linking to an external source linked to Daring Fireball. That’s no coincidence. Had there been comments, I’d have left one alongside dozens of others that would be ignored and forgotten.

So thanks, John and Ian for indirectly and directly getting me to post stuff here that at least I’ll be able to read again sometime.”

I have posts on here dating back to 2002, and it probably would be much longer if I hadn’t initially used a weird dead end of a blogging platform. Comments? I have no idea how many are still in existence.

If you write blog posts, you own your own words. If you comment on other people’s posts, they get to decide if your words live or die.

And if you spend your time pouring your heart and sole into comments written on platforms like Google Buzz or FriendFeed… well you might as well type them out on paper, make them into paper planes, and throw them out of the window.

Sergey Brin on Google Buzz

Sergey Brin On His Six Months Using Google Buzz:

“Extracting signal from noise is one of our core competencies, it’s one of the key things we do in our web search product every day. And I think that now peoples’ personal communications are getting to be on a scale comparable to that of web search, so those technologies are becoming far more critical.”

And this is the bit that I don’t understand about Google Buzz: There are few actual tools to manage the flow of information you’re going to get from it. There’s no tagging of shared items to help filtering. You can’t filter out one type of content from someone you follow, so (for example) you can’t hide Twitters that you might already see in Twitter. And so on.

Overall, I’m fairly upbeat on Buzz as a long-term project. It’s easier to understand and use that the abomination that is Google Wave, and once the initial shouting has stopped, it’s a useful method of link-sharing to contacts. Viewed that way, rather than as some kind of Twitter/Facebook competitor, it’s a nice add-on to Gmail.

And, of course, it will help a lot when every other Buzz isn’t about Buzz.

(Photo of Sergey Brin by jdlasica)

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