LineBuzz is a new commenting solution for blogs that has got me a little curious. The concept is pretty simple – it allows your readers to comment on specific parts of your blog post by highlighting any text that you’ve written.
It’s probably best to learn about it by seeing it in action – something you can do at their blog Buzz This!.
Once the page loads you’ll notice that some text in comments is underlined with dots – these indicate that someone has commented on that particular part of a blog post (see the links highlighted below).
Hover the cursor over these links and it’ll tell you that there are comments like this:
Click the link and the comments open up as a little popup:
It’s an interesting concept and one that I can see some real usefulness in for those bloggers who write longer posts making many points – however I’m not convinced enough to install it on my own blogs.
From what I can tell the comments only get recorded inline and not in the comments at the end of a post – so there’s no place to view all comments on a post (unless I’m missing it) and keep an overall conversation in the one spot.
I would also worry about posts that get a lot of comments and how messy it could end up looking. For example my recent post – which feed reader is best? – is approaching 200 comments. That’s more comments than words – the whole post could be one massive jumble of inline comments.
It’s an interesting service and is one that is still in beta so I’m sure they’ll develop it further. What do you think of it?