Posted by Patrick on February 12th, 2006
A powerful global conversation has begun. Through the Internet, people are discovering and inventing new ways to share relevant knowledge with blinding speed. – Cluetrain Manifesto
Q. What do you get when you cross blogging and chat?
As Stowe Boyd posted on his blog, “The model is to support the integration of chat into blogs: a chat room for your blog, even one for every post. Imagine that next to your post’s “comments (2) | trackbacks (1)” there was an additional “chat (5)” indicating that 5 people were discussing that post, right now.
In theory it sounds pretty good as anything to facilitate conversation is always welcome, but in reality I don?Äôt see this making a big impact on blogging and here’s why. In order for a chat room to have any impact on blogging there has to be a critical mass of people at any particular post for there to be anybody actually chatting.¬? I don?Äôt know what that magic number is, but I don?Äôt think that there are many blogs that get the kind of traffic that would precipitate a vibrant chat discussion.¬? Making the chat discussions persistent so that people could see what has already been discussed might help, but I doubt it.
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