Chris Brogan reminded us that he declared today as World Comment Day.
Ironically, I read a post from a month ago by Stowe Boyd called "Beyond Blogs: The Conversation Has Moved Into Flow" where he stats that conversation is moving from blog comments thread which is slow and static to a more fast form of conversation - the flow in Twitter, Friendfeed, and other places.
Boyd goes on to describe how Twitter and other similar apps are based on the web of flow - where information of interest comes to you, not the other way around. He describes this as a move away from hunting and gathering and into "relationship agriculture" - information grows in our flow applications instead of us spending hours hunting it down.
Does this mean blogging or reading blogs is not longer relevant or useful? I think people will continue to use blogs as Boyd mentions as a place to archive or organize their content so other people can still find it when they need to search. Having a format for longer thoughtful expression will not go away and I know personally, having a central archive (or personal learning space) for thinking around a particular subject matter topic works well for blogs.
I'm thinking, for example, of the roundup of Arts 2.0 examples. Almost all this information came to me via Twitter (or Facebook). I had to do very little hunting and gathering. For me to analyze it and see any useful patterns, I had to summarize the fragmented information in one place.
There more and more posts (and comments) on blogs about the new form of fast conversation taking place on Twitter. I love Boyd's Twitpitch -not an elevator, but escalator. And a post from Commetrics about Developing Metrics for Conversation for Twitter
So, is conversation dead in blogs? Has it and will move to Twitter and other places? Conversations are fragmenting .. what gets lost with this fragmentation and faster form of conversation? What are the gains?
Well, off to comment on some blogs ...