Has Likes and Re-tweets Suppressed Comments?
|April 23, 2022||Posted by Prasant under Blogging|
|WHAT STANDS OUT ?|
Likes and Re-tweets are the new age definition of human emotions. If we like something, we click the thumbs up button and if we don’t, we do have the thumbs down. Similarly, if we want to share a post or a link, we re-tweet amongst our community. Different names provided by the various social media networks but they all boil down to a simple emotion of ‘like’ or ‘dislike’. If we like something, we definitely are going to share it first with our community. But have you wondered, what use to happen before the likes and sharing buttons? We thought of asking and we did.
Like most of us, we are also a fan of Chris Brogan. Chris needs no introduction to bloggers and we follow him as he inspires us. We love to visit his blog and traverse his older posts and to our surprise we found out that Chris has been blogging ever since 1998. So we wondered how Chris shared his posts. We asked him with a bit of skepticism and we got a reply.
|TWITTER HAS NO BARRIER|
The above discussion with Chris on twitter makes clear that blogs survived on mere sharing via comments. Today either things have changed a bit or thoughts are more commercialized? Not only posts from Chris, if you move around you will find every post will have some definite likes, couple of re-tweets and sometimes you will find comments. No doubt the scenario for Chris is extremely different but as a blogger we are happy to see even a single comment though there may be many re-tweets. What we think is that when someone re-tweets or likes, there is a definite feeling of liking but when someone comments it’s an extra effort by her. Maybe she is a regular reader, or the content was so engaging and exciting that it motivated her enough to leave a comment. Whatever it is, we think that comments are a big effort and we appreciate that. As bloggers we feel that we could connect at least with one in the crowd.
But do you think the re-tweet and like buttons have suppressed the idea of comments a bit. We found some great blogs that still don’t like to keep a like button or a re-tweet button but they are engaging amazingly on their posts via comments. One would disagree by saying that it’s a way that we provide readers to easily share the content. But 5 years ago, sharing still happened in the form of comments, groups, forums, etc. But somewhere a question pops up in your mind - Has the percentage of commenting decreased with all these sharing buttons?
We are not against sharing buttons. Even we like to share but as an afterthought and not creating any contradiction, we would like to listen to your thoughts. Established blogs still have a great and thriving community via the comments but what about blogs that are trying to get their feet on firm grounds.
If you are a blogger before the likes and re-tweets, we would like to understand how did you engage and share your posts.