Commenting on Comments

By Steve Gillmor  |  Posted 2004-05-20 Print this article Print

How are comments architected? Comments are contained on the post page. Theyre published and posted on, and then pushed out to the users blog, whether its on BlogSpot or they host it themselves. Its up to the blog owner whether or not they want to limit the comments to just members of the blog, registered Blogger users, or allow anonymous comments.
In the design of both the comments and profiles, were aiming to connect users more tightly while still giving them their own space—as opposed to some more community-driven sites where there are a lot of inter-user connections but not as much freedom of expression nor outward-facing features such as having your own URL or customizing your own design.
Profiles are essentially simple About Me pages that reside on Theyre linked from comments on the persons blog and linked from the templates, and then they link out to peoples blogs. The references are in effect a security model? Its both security and our architecture in general. All the dynamic stuff is on—all the application stuff, I should say. Blogger always publishes static HTML out to peoples sites. That makes it portable and more compatible; you dont have to install anything. Anytime youre inputting content, you go back to Are comments available as a separate RSS feed or are they incorporated into the feeds? No, comments arent in the feeds yet. Well look at that if it seems that people have figured out a good way to do that. Im not aware that theres a standard way to do that yet. And ease of use? On the home page especially, weve made it a lot more obvious what Blogger is and why you might want to do it. The old Blogger home page that we replaced was basically the design weve had since early 2000. Were speaking to a little bit different audience now, and the goal with Google is to push blogging into more of a mainstream Internet user, so we designed more for them. Next page: Blogger Meets Gmail?

Steve Gillmor is editor of's Messaging & Collaboration Center. As a principal reviewer at Byte magazine, Gillmor covered areas including Visual Basic, NT open systems, Lotus Notes and other collaborative software systems. After stints as a contributing editor at InformationWeek Labs, editor in chief at Enterprise Development Magazine, editor in chief and editorial director at XML and Java Pro Magazines, he joined InfoWorld as test center director and columnist.

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