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Michele Martin

Hi Beth--I like the intensity of sharing graphic--very helpful way to think about this stuff. I just wrote a follow-up post on this because as we discussed it further it led right back to your final question about generating community and discussion across blogs and social networks. Ideally there would be some way to automatically aggregate relevant blog posts, tweets, Facebook comments, forum posts, etc. because we're increasingly having conversations across many different platforms. Technology-wise, I haven't seen anything to do this--or am I missing something?

I still think that there's a definite place for a weaver in all of this--in fact, that may be where we as bloggers add the most value--doing the heavy lifting for other people to pull together those various strands.

Laura Whitehead

Hi Beth, I too have been following the articles by David, Michele and now you too about this - and all creating conversation too! Going back to Michele's comments above, what Michele is possible seeking is a way to pull the bits all together across the different networks/blogs/etc... You can use something known as a 'Mashup'. I've begun to explore potential uses in nptech world a bit, for some ideas for a project being planned hopefully for next year. A really nice simple explanation about mashups can be found at http://mashupawards.com/create/.
You could then pull in your wider 'global' conversations together from a variety of sources.
(Sorry if I've got too geeky here, have tried not to be!)

Weaving is essential too, we're all interpreting similar themes through different voices, from being inspired by others, which then creates conversation and participation and a community.

Atul Sabnis

Hello Beth, interesting take there regarding the 'intensity of sharing'. Food for thought, I must say. I am now motivated to create an info-graphic of my own!

Also, if you could please point my link to http://kenfinity.wordpress.com. The link you have now, is my personal site. Thanks!

Beth Kanter

@Michelle There is a site/wiki about network weavers some place. I'll have to dig it up. Presently, I only know about human who do this cross site aggregation.

@Laura Can't wait to see your mashup!

@atul ooooh ... can't wait to see your drawing. Will change the link.

Nina Simon

This is a question I've been grappling with as well. I think the real challenge here is striking a balance where you both have the authority/strength of voice to draw people in AND the humility and editorial ability to condense that into as few words as possible. I love the suggestion of a problem to be solved by commenters because that incentivizes each of us to express ourselves (hopefully as uniquely and interestingly as the initial poster). Instructables does this well. But on most blogs, few commenters have as strong a persona as the blogger, write shorter, less well-thought out posts, and generally have fewer aspects that make their personness as compelling and clear as the blogger.

I've been running an experiment (blogged by Beth here) with a software called voicethread, which allows people to comment on images with their own voice. I've been surprised by both the relative level of participation and the extent to which people respond to each other. I think the personal power of an individual's voice helps frame the experience as a conversation rather than a lecture. But this is still only a partial solution that doesn't allow for threaded discussion. I'd love to hear what other tools people are using to encourage cross-commenter interaction in this way.

Atul Sabnis

Thank you Beth, the infographic (if you can call it that) is up! Let me know what you think!

bryan kennedy

We have also been experimenting with this on our museum blog, Science Buzz. We are specifically interested in hosting conversations between visitors but with physical visits to the museum tied into the mix as well. We are getting real excited to see situations where comments on specific posts are diverging into discussions between visitors, sometimes off-topic from the original post. In these situations I think "off-topic" is maybe even a good sign. I'm not sure how to encourage all of this yet and it's especially hard to track but thanks for posting these tips.

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