- Partnering helps: YouTube is spearheading a "clean up the comments" movement, and its secret weapon for comments is Google+, which now powers all comments on YouTube. The idea is that signing up for Plus will weed out a layer of gratuitous commenters, because your Google+ ID is your real name. Jezebel reminds us what was so awful about YouTube comments before the change. Mashable looks at the up- and down-sides of the new YouTube comments policy.
- From the wayback machine, Michael Erard writes in the New York Times Magazine about the history of comments--as usual, providing needed perspective. Take the time to read this one.
- Comment shutdown: Popular Science has joined the ranks of journalistic sites that have stopped allowing comments altogether. ScienceWriters blog shares the commentary around that type of decision.
- Comment gate-opener: PubMed, the scientific literature database of the National Library of Medicine, is allowing comments on published abstracts of research papers...with restrictions on who can register and comment.
- Mind games: Not to be outdone, the New Yorker looks at the psychology of online comments, including what the option to be anonymous does to the commenter and the comment.
- Different on social? Perhaps. This study suggests that Facebook comments are more civil than those on newspaper websites.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Posted by Denise Graveline at Thursday, November 14, 2013