I don’t know about your experience, but the real-time updates of Facebook and the massive Twitter community seem to have lessened the value of blog comments. Wait, scratch that. I’d be more inclined to say that Twitter and Facebook have made it easier for marketers to call for comments.
I say this under the premise that numerous PR agencies have “decided” that comments have been the most obvious sign of a strong following. Can’t blame them — as many blogs do not publish their feed count nor share stats publicly. Above the surface, it’s really just about the comments. But you’ve also noticed that ever since the social media echosphere was created, we’re seeing more engagement on these networks more than the blogs.
As a blogger, do you give a hierarchy to value depending on where you receive comments?
Of course, another way to look at it is that your social network demographic is different from your blog readership.
Do comments still bear the same weight as they did before? Or have they been saturated by the social echo chamber.
Or, is this writer approaching the question the wrong way?