BackType.com is a comment aggregator web service or even known as the twitter for comments. It came in to existence only a couple of months back and in my effort to find newer traffic generation mechanisms, I thought of taking a look at it and write about the same (Those who are experienced with BackType may find this post boring but please provide your experiences with the same)
What exactly is BackType?
As I mentioned, BackType aggregates all your blog comments – not just the ones on your blog, but other places as well – and keeps them indexed based on tags and in chronological order. Then they present it in a nice way that people can see this comment catalogue and can even follow comments, subscribe to alerts, reply to comments right there etc. They can even see on how many blogs you have been commenting on lately.
Now, even if you are not a member of BackType chances are most of your comments are already available there – thanks to your social media/network presence. But by signing up, you can do a one time import of comments from various sources such as all your blogs and social accounts by providing the links there.
The BackType.com also provides the feature of getting tweets on your twitter account (or email) on the summary of your comment activities on a case to case basis, daily or weekly. This way you know who is tracking and replying to your comments. I figured out that there are quite a few people who actually follow others’ comments. Many of them have a few hundred followers. This may not be a big number as compared to your twitter followers but still it has great value because they are listening to your comments and not rubbish tweets.
Good things about BackType
The following are the plus points that I see about BackType:
- It can increase the reach of your comments and blog posts
- You can establish your brands further on this aggregator service
- You can let people know what are you doing now in the blogosphere (much more friendlier to browse than technorati etc)
- Possible additional traffic generation because permalinks to your posts are available below the comments
- Spying on the famous (and others as well) – I mean, at any time I know where all Darren Rowse is active
- Lost privacy? Or is it already lost with so much of social media/networks such as twitter?
- Yet another thing to follow for people around you though your job is done with one-time sign up
- You yourself may not even remember about your BackType profile after sometime as it is passive aggregation
It is just amazing to even imagine how many hundreds of thousands blog comments are being generated in the blogosphere every day. While posts are getting indexed well by the search engines and blog search portals comments are usually remaining unutilized mostly. Though comment feeds are available there with every blog, how many of us actually subscribe to them?
Constructive and creative comments on well-tagged topics are always great source of information and opinions. If well-indexed and utilized it can be an enormous knowledge base by itself. Probably, this is a research project for some of us. Any other ideas?
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