Do you comment on a lot of blogs across different Web sites, on various topics? If you go beyond a mindless rant and put some thought into your comments, you are generating intellectual equity.
At some point, you’ll want to keep track of that investment, and perhaps share it with others. Until recently that had to be done manually, perhaps by copying and pasting comments into one place, as I tried to do on this Web site.
A new app, Backtype, changes all that.
A quick sign up and you can track not only your own comments, but those of others whose opinions are interesting and relevant.
I found it a bit difficult to figure out how to “claim” just my own comments, since the interface does not explain it clearly. Apparently you need to have the URL that you typically add to the URL field in the comment area added to the Backtype database. This is not automatic it seems. But I tweeted @backtype and it was done in a jiffy.
Once that step is completed, you can see all your comments neatly aggregated in a timeline, a bit like Twitter’s.
As a knowledge management tool, Backtype will be invaluable.
But, like Twitter, how it is monetized is another matter entirely!