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  Friday, July 16, 2004

  Weblog conversations: definition and characteristics

Pieces from thinking on weblog conversations...

My own (working) definition of weblog conversations:

  • weblog posts and comments
  • on a specific topic
  • interlinked

The combination of all these three is important. For example, according to my definition, these are NOT weblog conversations:

Characteristics of weblog conversations

  • distributed over multiple weblogs (without any borders: if you study 100 weblogs you can be never sure that you have all pieces of the puzzle)
  • lack of bi-directional links: in most cases there is a link from a later post pointing to an earlier one, but not vice-versa (This problem could be solved with the use of trackbacks, but many popular blogging platforms do not support trackbacks yet.)
  • tangential: each post can "belong" to several different conversations at the same time

This post also appears on channel weblog research

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