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Finding a comment I made: Why blog syndication for MOOCs is cool

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Right, so it was one of those days when I wish I had already started testing Known. Because i was going CRAZY trying to remember whose blog it was that had a comment with links I wanted to follow up on. Yes, i know, i need to get better with my curation options, find one, stick to it, use it regularly. One that works great on iPad, android and laptop, and offers sharing and privacy options, highlighting and commenting, and has others on it that i can share with. Works online/offline. (I am sure one of them does all this, i just need to figure out which).

But I am not there yet, ok? And I really wanted to find that comment and those links.

So first, i searched my email in case I had signed up for notifications from that person’s blog. No takers. Then I searched my wordpress comment subscriptions, not there (the no email should have been a hint, but u never know). Then i googled* “how do i find comments i made on another wordpress blog?” and i got that you can do so from the reader, but it seems to have a myopic memory; could not get stuff older than 5 days (or my iPad was having a bad day). And unfortunately it seems I did not follow that person’s blog. The name was not coming to me. Except that it was a guy on #ccourses [besides had it been a non-wordpress blog, this would have been harder]

And then it hit me. It was a person on #ccourses which means I got the link to his blog originally from their page that syndicates all the stuff. It’s been days, so that particular post was not there but I checked out the list of syndicated blogs and, thankfully (not too many blogs listed yet), recognized the name of the person I was looking for straight away. Thank God his blog has his name on it, unlike mine (ummm, can i change how that appears?) And voila šŸ™‚ Problem solved šŸ™‚

But really – it should be easier to find a comment that i wrote online, right?

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* I almost tweeted the question but I realized it might be faster to google it first since it was not an unreasonable question!

One Comment

  1. I’ve not caught up with the Kool Known Kids, and while I am intrigued by the idea, I’ve seen all kinds of technical solutions come and go for tracking comments (what was it called, “coComment”??)

    They’ve always come up short. I could outline some of the reasons as I see them, but a technical solution is a bit of a chimera. I’m not sure how Known does this, but my hunch os you always run things through your own known, so somehow you see my post there, and you are able to compose a comment that gets pushed to my site.

    But I’ve had the same experience. I end up chalking comments to be more like conversations we have away from the computer, I never remember them exactly, they end up being quasi ephemeral.

    There is one thing I have tried, but then was never consistent- if you put some unique identifier in the name field, and remembered to do ti every time, you might be able to google all your comments. I was also trying pasting some random unique code in every comment. I remember for about 3 days.

    If you want to change the way your blog title is displayed, in the WordPress Dashboard it’s just Settings -> General. You could put your name in parenthesis or something like that. It looks like in yours you have it in the tag line, which will not show up when a site just lists the blog’s main title.

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