In February, Chris Garrett wrote about tracking your conversations. I use three excellent tools to help me do this.
1. coComment – I leave an average of fifteen or twenty comments a day on different blogs using coComment (see my coComment page). I have the new coComment Firefox extension, which is far better than the old Greasemonkey script and bookmarklet method. Whenever a fellow coComment user comments at the same URL as I have, the extension alerts me within five minutes.
coComment has made me more productive and able to track my conversations. I’m a coCo-nut. coComment lets me tag the comments I make for future reference, and helps me find people who make similar comments to mine or who frequently visit the same blogs I do.
2. del.icio.us – If coComment doesn’t work at a URL where I make a comment, I simply submit the comment and tag the page as “mycomments” in my del.icio.us account. The del.icio.us Firefox extension makes this easy to do (it takes maybe five or ten seconds).
3. co.mments – I’ve just started using this service. It looks like it may replace my del.icio.us tagging method, because in addition to remembering where I make comments, it tracks those pages for ANY new comments. Unfortunately, co.mments doesn’t yet allow me to connect with other commenters like coComment does – and I don’t know if co.mments even lets me publicly display the conversations I’m tracking.
I use these three tools to remember where I’ve commented and what I’ve said, and to follow the continuing conversations. Right now, I still go and visit the pages I’ve recently commented at, just to be sure. But these tools and others are constantly improving. Hopefully a tool will come along that will automate the process so I don’t have to remember to follow up on comments I’ve left – the tool would simply alert me. I’m an editor for the Know More Media blog network and I just wish there were an easy way to track all the comments our 50-plus authors leave around the Web!
What methods do you use to track your comments? Do you like any or all of the methods above? Please let us all know.