Posted on April 22nd, 2009 in Social media, websites | 3 Comments »
About two weeks ago I created a new website: ConvoTrack.com.
This website offers a bookmarklet that, when installed, allows you to see the entire conversation surrounding a particular webpage at the press of a button. Comments from Twitter, FriendFeed, Digg, Reddit, HackerNews and any blog mentioning the article are loaded in a sidebar. This way, you can see comments that were never on the original site.
Additionally, you can send a link with the sidebar preloaded to people who don’t have the bookmarklet installed. Simply prepend “http://convotrack.com/” to any URL to do so.
If you’d like to add this functionality to your own website, you can use the code found on ConvoTrack.com. This will add a button on the left side of your website that behaves exactly like the bookmarklet.
If you’re a wordpress user however, you may be interested in the more advanced Backtype Connect wordpress plugin. This plugin allows for a seamless integration of the outside comments in your own comment system.
How was it built?
BackType.com is the service that does all the heavy lifting. Using their newly released BackType connect API the bookmarklet queries for all comments pertaining to a particular URL and then outputs them in the sidebar. Very easy.
A firefox extension should be released soon, this will allow you to have the sidebar visible at all times and will update the comments as you browse the web.
If you have any suggestions for improvements, do tell.