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In Mourning – co.mments Shutting Down Due To Spammers

commentsBoo.  Hiss.  There is a lot of complaining about spammers, but now they have crossed the line.

Announced on the site this week:

co.mments will be shutting down Jan 11, 2009. It’s been a wonderful ride, unfortunately regular upkeep, and our friendly spammers, have turned it into a chore. I need the time and energy to focus on other things, so sadly, I’m going to shutdown the site by the end of this week. Thank you all for your support, Assaf

Cote clued me in to co.mments two years ago.  In my book, this site was the hands-down sleeper hit of the Web 2.0 world.  It provided a personalized and surgical way to slice through web conversations.  My co.mments feed in Bloglines was the first feed I checked – every day, no exceptions.

What a drag – is there anything to replace this?  I will seriously miss this service.  Thanks for the ride, Assaf.


I finally grew too weary of Blogger and have switched over to WordPress, so you can find my new blog here: Scott Mark. I ditched the pretentious blog title, and gave up all of it’s attendant Google juice (you would be amazed how many Google hits you get for having “application”, “architecture”, and “enterprise” in your <title> tag). I remember a comment Bill de hOra made a long time ago – something along the lines of “why all the goofy blog names”? I agree, and now I’m just myself. Same great content, though. 😉

I also have a new feed here, so please update your subscription if you remain interested. I repointed the old feed for now, and will probably drop it soon.

New Identity Blog at Burton Group

If you haven’t seen it yet, Burton Group has a new Identity Blog, and I’m sure it will be great, based on what I have seen in their research and individual blogs. I am a huge Burton Group fan, and strongly recommend subscribing if you are a technology decision maker.

The quality is high, but there are a 2 key things that set Burton apart from other large firms, and make me a fan. One is that they provide seriously in-depth research rather than just uber high-level summaries and pretty charts. The other is that they provide enterprise licensing, so anyone in your organization can browse and access research. Very 2.0 don’t you think?

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Blog Hiatus

I have been on a serious hiatus lately from both blogging and blog reading, and frankly it’s great. It’s high time for me to re-think my blogging habits and my subs. This comment from Chris Coulter on Scoble‘s blog nailed it – just don’t start!!

I also can’t find the reference right now, but Bill de hÓra had a very cool GTD-like suggestion awhile back around organizing subs into daily/weekly/monthly reading folders. I seriously need to do that.

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Office 2.0 Podcast Jam is On

It’s official – the Office 2.0 Podcast Jam Is On! Anne tossed out the idea recently (you really need to read the full comment thread on that fantastic post) and the idea has got legs. She called my bluff and I’m in, along with a bunch of other bloggers/writers/podcasters (far more interesting than I).

If BarCamp is the original unconference, then a podcast jam by non-participants is the new ununconference. I will be podcasting on Office 2.0 For The Enterprisey, and have some thoughts down already. Please share yours if you have something to contribute, or have questions I should address. Also, please followup with Anne (or me if you prefer, but she’s the real brains behind this) if you are interested in contributing a podcast.

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Curious What Offline Blog Tools People Use

Thinking about starting to use an offline editor for posting, and curious what anyone can recommend. So far, I have seen mention of these in other posts:

But no strong recommendations either way… would appreciate recommendations both for and against various tools if anyone has them.

co.mments To the Rescue

I complained awhile back that since beginning to read blogs one of the things I have found extremely frustrating was finding a way to watch ongoing conversations rather than just initial posts. My man Coté came to the rescue and clued me into co.mments . Note: as a measure of my appreciation, I actually took time to type the HTML entity, rather than the trailing-apostrophe, ASCII version! 😉

This is exactly what I was looking for, and I very heavily recommend that you start using this. I had previously tried using cocomment, which worked okay, but I didn’t always want to participate in conversations to watch them. co.mments lets me easily add tracking to a conversation with a bookmarklet, and I can easily just lurk rather than participate.

co.mments is completely Web 2-ish. Not only does it have a name that it easy to type but hard to say to your friends, it has a wicked cool fade-in at the top of the page to calmly reassure you that you will be notified of updates, and you don’t even leave the page.

They have a great tracking page on their site (again, very Web 2-ish), but I am even more stoked about the RSS feed. I added the feed to my BlogLines, and now I get notifications of updated conversations, right next to my other subscriptions. This is serious converstation tracking, folks!

So far it has worked well with most blog platforms underlying the blogs that I read – sorry but I haven’t done a complete rundown. The main drawback I have found so far is that it doesn’t work with people who use HaloScan for comments – which seems to occur when people seek good medicine for the bad Blogger disease of no trackbacks, and figure why not use it for comments too. (can’ wait for you to switch Anne! 😉

Well done co.mments and thanks Cote, you are saving me time everyday!

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