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Did that little Twitter kill my comments?


This is more personal than anything else. I think twitter killed my comments. And I also think that it has killed the comments on many other blogs. The keyword here is: think. Which obviously means, it is not supported by any data.

Twitter has seen a phenomenal rise ever since it was launched. It now has millions of users and yet doesn’t make any money. There is no business plan yet and they are not even close to getting one. But, if they take twitter down now many hearts will tweet profusely.

Obama, Oprah, Aston Kutcher and Britney Spears are all loving twitter. Then what is my problem with twitter?


Well, there used to be blogs, and there used to be comments. Some were good and some not so good. But it was a community. The whole thing has changed ever since twitter was introduced. The blogger tweets the post to get more traffic and reach and the tweeter re-tweets the post to appreciate or just a pat on the back or just to digg (Side note : Is twitter the new digg?). And the tiny url thingies are making the sharing easier by the day in 10 characters or less.

Don’t get me wrong here. This stuff is good. But, these re-tweets have killed the comments or so I think. People who used to comment earlier are re-tweeting which is actually good for the traffic of the blog. But, from the conversation perspective bloggers feel lonely. Let me rephrase that. I feel lonely when there is no comment for a post.

Re-tweets are good but they do not make me happy. Comments really make me happy. It really doesn’t matter what kind of comment it is. It could be – you suck or you can’t write for nuts. I will take that. But, I cannot take a no-comment post.

And I blame twitter for that. That was easy.

PS: Can you please re-tweet this?

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  1. kunal says

    Twitter and other quick broadcast services are definitely making it hard to bring people to your content. One solution is to get involved in communities with active users that can prove a ready audience.

    A community focused on indian startups is

    You can even create a free hosted blog there.

  2. Shankar Ganesh says

    I actually wanted to share another link as well: :)

    1. Arun Prabhudesai says

      Hey Shankar,
      Thanks for sharing the links.
      I am going to install Backtype right away :)

      What I am keen to see is how Twitter grows in next couple of years, although twitter is cannibalizing our comments at the moment, it would be interesting to watch the indirect benefits to blogger in coming time – and whether it actually out weighs the disadvantages – I am sure it will…

  3. Sriram Vadlamani says

    @Mahendran : Thanks for re-tweeting

    @Shankar : We might have to try that plugin. And this twitter thing is becoming too big to manage.

  4. Shankar Ganesh says

    BTW, if you want to import all comments posted on Twitter, Reddit, Digg or any other social network on your blog posts to the comment fields in your blog, try the Backtype Plugin for WordPress:

  5. Shankar Ganesh says

    You’re right. Twitter killed comments.

    Twitter killed links too. Not so long ago, people used to share what they read in their blogs. That meant links. Link juice. Bloggers loved this and arguably our position in Google SERPs went up.

    Today, there’s Twitter for sharing. All these are tinyurls that pass no link juice. All of these are nofollowed.

    Twitter is great for a plethora of things. Cannot be disputed.

    But what should also be considered is that it is becoming a cannibal of the web’s link graph:

    Please do check that link :)

  6. Mahendra says

    Nice post, Sriram. I perfectly empathize.

    PS: I will ReTweet this! :-)

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