It is with great pleasure (and relief) to announce the launching of a new service, YackTrack.com. YackTrack is a “conversation tracker”, so you the content producer can find where the conversations about your post are occurring. As with any new website these days, it is still considered to be a beta, but we have eliminated any of the beta tags or images. The idea is that the site will continue to grow with usage and feedback.
What is YackTrack and why should we use it?
As I said earlier, it is a “conversation tracker”. With the distributed nature of the internet, conversations are occurring in places other than your blog or website. A few weeks ago, people were complaining about it, and even defending it. My opinion was, comment where you want and let me know about it.
Social media sites like Digg and Mixx have their own comment streams. Lifestreaming sites like FriendFeed allow you to comment about activity in much the same way. However, this conversation is fragmented and is hard to find. YackTrack is meant to have all of the comment streams to appear in one place. More information is available on the site itself, but here is a short segment from the “About” page:
As a content producer, you can search for comments on your content from various sources or other blogs that talk about your content. Granted, this may sound like it is targeted at the content producer, but it can also help the people commenting on the content themselves. If you have commented on a blog post, you can find other people that are commenting on the post and join the conversation on other sites. Obviously, content producers benefit as they can track various services from just one location. YackTrack currently supports Digg, Disqus, FriendFeed, Mixx, StumbleUpon, Technorati, and WordPress blogs.
So you go to the site and type your post url in the search box and click the button. I think it would be difficult to make it any simpler. In this example, I have used a post from DoshDosh about the benefits of social lifestreaming and friendfeed. The image below shows the first part of the results which come from Mixx.
As you can see (or click the image if you can not see), it lists the main submission to Mixx and the comments for the story in an easy to read manner. Each service supported has a separate section on the page, so that you can view comments within a conversation but still see everything that is being said.
If you have a feature request or find a bug just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you like using the site and seeing how the conversation evolves.