In my latest podcast, I chat with Jon Fox who is the co-founder, mastermind and code monkey of IntenseDebate.
With IntenseDebate, you can let your readers post comments using services like Facebook, Twitter, and OpenID. They can also sign up for an IntenseDebate profile or simply comment without one as a Guest. E-mail notifications alert you and your readers of new comments, encouraging return visits and additional commenting. You can reply to and moderate comments via email, while threading makes it easy to follow the conversation and many more features that are described in this podcast.
You see them here, you see them everywhere. Social Bookmarking links and icons to sites such as Digg, which encourage Internet users to save web pages of interest into an online storage area. This can be shared with other social addicts, rated and commented on. There are many available sites to choose from, all boasting wonderful community features.
Of course communities are a superb thing. Websites can be built upon or destroyed if the community aspect isn’t perfected, but it is this side of Social Bookmarking that really bugs me. When a story is shared in this way, you can receive a lot of interest, which of course equals hits. Great, that is exactly what we as writers want to see, but there is a problem with this exposure believe it or not.