Blurry Lines and The Speed of the Blogosphere
If there's one thing I love about blogs it is the speed in which they work, a story travels and the pitch delivered. Before blogs I was very used to forums where the original poster controlled the topic and the entire audience would be gathered on the one spot.
Now, the blogosphere treats things differently. Every individual can take the one story to their own home and play it out to their own audience of invited (or otherwise) guests.
Seeing the Print Vs Online debate of Allan Jenkins and Steve Crescenzo continue provides an interesting case. With blogs it is always personal, but you can never tell how much. And here is no different.
The latest installment has Allan firing back at Steve and the fact the Steve failed to provide a link or trackback to Allan's original post for his readers to reference.
Sure, it was evident that Steve picked an angle and rolled with it. Taking offence at Allan making a comment that could include him:
any IABC member can go into the blogosphere and find 50 better articles than CW publishes in a quarter
I'm interested more in the cross-site nature of the conversation and the tools used. What gets said in comments, posts, trackbacks. What works better.
What benefits does Steve gain from not allowing trackbacks or linking on his posts?
Update - 16/11/05 23:15: Seems they are both taking it in good fun. Allan being more used to Steve than I am naturally, can spot this. I've spent far too long moderating forums and seen these sort of disagreements descend to anarchy I guess. It's a new world.
Steve also holds his hand up to the linking and trackback issue being technical ignorance. Darn, I was hoping he was making a stance!
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