16 May 2008

Seth Godin Doesn't Allow Comments

Seth Godin is considered by many to be a founder of the Web 2.0 era. The ideas he presents in his books about permission marketing and the ideavirus helped usher in a new era of doing business on the web.

One thing about Seth's online presence confuses me, though - he has chosen not to enable comments on his blog.

He has trackbacks enabled and lists some top social bookmarking sites like Digg and De.li.ci.ous, and you can comment through them. Yet, you can't comment on his blog proper.

Why is it that this icon of the Web 2.0 era has chosen to disable one of the keystones of a 2.0 site, the comment feature?

Maybe he doesn't want to debate his points. Maybe he doesn't want any spam comments. If so, he could set comments to moderate. Maybe he doesn't have the time to moderate. Whatever the reason, he has stripped his blog of some of its greatest potential, the potential to create an environment of discourse.

Lucky for Seth that he has such authority that he doesn't have to worry about comments on his blog, but the rest of us aren't so lucky. In this case, don't follow Seth's lead. Make sure to enable your comments; they create an atmosphere of discourse so essential to this Web 2.0 era.

And, Seth, if you happen to read this post, I'd love it if you shared your reason for not enabling comments on your blog.

1 comment:

Kyle said...

I think Seth chooses not to use comments because it forces you to blog about his posts if you want your trackback to appear. Not only do you actually have to make an argument by blogging it out, you create a backlink for him.