Posted Elsewhere needs to go internet-wide

If you’re a big Flickr user, chances are the recent comments URL is your new inbox. All my friends punch it up like a skinner box. The opposite URL for tracking the comments you’ve left on others’ photos works in a similar way and is just as addictive. Obviously, after loading both for the tenth time today, I thought why don’t I have two similar URLs for tracking the same info about my blog?

Emulating the first is easy — most any blog software can give you a view of recent activity, which you can use to find out who is commenting on your posts and what is being said on your site. The second feature is a bit harder.

In spring of 2003, I started an experiment where I would trackback all the comments I left on other sites back to a special category here, so I could keep a public, running tally of offsite comments. It was a pain and as much as I tried to automate it with custom submit forms and javascript bookmarklets, it was a manual operation and I am busy/lazy enough where anything remotely manual gets dropped eventually. Here’s a screencap of what that looked like on my site, taken from this old archive.org page.

I know I’m not the first to request this, but I’d love to see someone propose a system that could track your comments across all blogs automatically. I think trackback pings could still do it if someone piggybacked a server onto TypeKey or something similar, so that every time I left a TypeKey logged-in comment, an automatic ping would go from a blog I was commenting on to my profile’s personal trackback URL. I could then use those pings to create a page that looks like this, but for all (MT at the least, but hopefully other systems could play) blogs I read and comment on.

Lazyweb, don’t fail me now.

update: can RSD be used for an auto-detect?