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Despite being fairly secretive about the details of the web app, I was pleased to see some definite interest and curiosity when I first mentioned it.
Today I wanted to share the details of the app with you, giving you an overview of it’s purpose and functionality.
As I mentioned in my previous post:
“CommentBoost aims to give bloggers more & better comments to their blogs.”
The app gives members approximately one comment back, for each comment that they leave on another members blog.
The application actually works very simply. Members blog comments are automatically recorded within the system, and then members reward each other ‘credits’ for their blog comments. Credits are rewarded on a scale of 0-10, so the better the comment, the more that it should be rewarded. This is very important, as it makes leaving quick/useless comments entirely pointless, as you won’t earn anywhere near the amount of credits that you’d get for leaving a quality/relevant comment.
What is the value of these credits you might ask? Well really they are a way of moderating commenting. If you receive 5 credits for leaving a comment, then you can reward someone commenting on your blog these 5 credits.
Unlike past systems which have relied upon good faith for blog commenting, this is a moderated, automated system, that involves minimum effort on the bloggers part. Personally, if I had a group of even 20 people that I knew would regularly comment on my blogs, then this would be worth the time spent commenting on each of their blog posts. I’m all for commenting on other blogs, but I also recognize that time constraints mean that without guaranteed comments back, blog commenting becomes a daunting task.
(Your dashboard shows you your available credits, as well as statistics for your comments left and received.)
(To rate comments to your blog you must go to your ‘rate comments’ page. There you can drag a slider along to indicate the number of credits that you wish to reward a comment. The rating process is very quick and easy.)
(You are able to browse members blogs by category, and features such as keyword search are in the works)
(You can then view a blogs profile, which contains all of their recent posts which you can comment on, as well as a thumbnail/description. Also, like Twitter, you’re able to follow your favorite blogs, and build up a network.)
(In addition to browsing by blog, you can view recent posts, and narrow down by category. You also have the option of viewing posts from only blogs that you are following.)
(Blog commenting works just like normal. You can comment on your favorite blogs, and it’s automatically recorded within our system. You can ensure that you’re logged in by an indiscreet link above each blogs comment form.)
Whilst we are still in private beta at the moment, fixing up final bugs in the system, we hope to be launching publicly soon.
For now, you can sign up to be notified of our official launch.
I’ve also set up a Twitter page for the app, which anyone can follow to keep up with how the site is progressing.
I appreciate that no one can fully explore the system without being able to actually use it. However, I’d love to hear your ideas on the overall concept.
Tom is the founder of PSDFAN. He loves writing tutorials, learning more about design and interacting with the community. On a more interesting note he can also play guitar hero drunk with his teeth.
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