Comments, trackbacks, and now chat?

by Cem Basman

Michael Arrington is enthusiastic about the revival of the chatroom as an appendix of every blog. It's called 3Bubbles:

They have created a very easy to integrate Ajax based chat interface that can be added to every blog post automatically. By simply adding a code snippet into the blog template, a link will be included in every post (think comments, trackbacks, and now chat) to open a chat window where readers can debate and discuss the post.

The service will eventually integrate advertising into the ajax chat window, and the company says that they will split revenue with bloggers. Alternatively, bloggers can pay a monthly fee for the service and either turn off ads, or keep all of the advertising revenue.

Why not just skype it if you want to talk about a posting? Maybe it is also the time for the first empty and quiet blog. What a niche. We have enough chatterboxes. But the market will decide now.

Addendum: BTW, commenting. Now, this is interesting: Capture, share and alert your comments with coComment. This reminds me in turn: The web world 2.0 is getting more complex. A lot of different services in alpha, beta and final stages are asking me for my identity. Where do I store all my userID's and passwords in a secure way?


Makes me wonder, if it takes off, how long it will take to remember why open chats died out the first time. I don't even want to think about how big of a site it would take to make something like that viable. Slashdot?

Scott Gentzen, 2006-02-11

I am wondering if the same tool would appear at techcrunch if it worked without ajax, or if it wouldn't hawk with the fact that it uses ajax. Recently, even things of little apparent use get hyped just because the term "ajax" appears in their descriptions. Here, we've got an "ajax chat window", so it must be good then, musn't it?

Haiko Hebig, 2006-02-11

Blog comments have a similarity to email in that commentors can make comments when they want. Granted the commenting period for a particular blog entry is probably somewhere in the 'days' timeperiod. But introducing a mini-chatroom for each blog entry presents some challenges. Chatrooms usually work best if the chatters are all online and chatting at the same time (unless conversation picks up via chat entry history). For a blog such as yours with a very international audience, timezones may also be a challenge. And, if you are monitoring multiple blog entries (and their associated chatrooms), how will you manage 'being' in them and watching numerous blog entry chatrooms?

Tim Latta, 2006-02-11

Chatrooms are so 90's ... with or without Ajax. That 3Bubbles will burst if it ever will inflate ...

Cem Basman, 2006-02-11

Where do I store all my userID's and passwords in a secure way?
Take a look at Yojimbo—it has (among other things) nice password storage capabilities.

Christian Bogen, 2006-02-12

Cem is not a Mac user. But there are plenty of programs for Windows which will store passwords in a secure way.

Volker Weber, 2006-02-12

Passwords will likely go away. Identity 2.0 or how you may call it.

Karsten W. Rohrbach, 2006-02-12

Wasn't that just rebranded to "Transparent Citizen 2.0"?

Stefan Rubner, 2006-02-12

> Where do I store all my userID's and passwords in a secure way?

Try Notepad. Version 1 (that's the one made from wood).

Richard Kaufmann, 2006-02-12

> Where do I store all my userID's and passwords in a secure way?

Steganos is a nice suite but like PGP Desktop a full solution with a lot more features. On Palm I use STRIP (on formerly

Luis Folch, 2006-02-12

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