Anyone notice now how there are 1/20th of the past amount of comments and responses to blog and news stories across the web? Tired of giving out your Facebook, Twitter, Disqus, and maybe six other “social media” sites being requested at the personal level when all you want to do is post a quick comment?
Have you tried to post a comment on Youtube after Google got their grubby hands on it? It’s a personal information siphon, and everything you say is bundled into a nice and neat Facebook-style “we got you, we get you, we know who you are and what you want, what you do, where you’ve been, where you’re going and what you like” kind of thing… just so you can post your opinion?
Go ahead and click that “LIKE” button, with the easy “thumbs up” icon we all respond to so naively. What could go wrong? It’s just a simple “thumbs up button. Thumbs up for giving up. Thumbs up for liking the loss of privacy and the free-selling of yourself into the grid.
Sad point — so many comments are not being made because we’re getting smarter about the “social network” game. Blind us with science. We still can feel our way in the dark.
My advice is that any domain blogger, or any blog site that likes comments, continue on with reviewing blog comments and then either accepting or denying them, but not losing the content from comments that you need for SEO advantage in favor for a few dorks who post using their FB, Twitter accounts, etc… and I’m guilty of that. Not anymore. Not buying into it. Not requiring it on any of my sites. Either you like our websites or you don’t. We really don’t need to see the pics of your nephew’s birthday party for you to post on our blog.
Think hard about what you “Like” and who you’re telling. Think hard about if you want to leave your opinion with someone who’s desperate to find out who your aunt is and what music she likes.