I first wrote about Everett Bogue six months ago when I was displeased he turned off the ability for people to comment on his blog.
Gip Plaster, among others, also left Ev’s following. If a blogger wants to turn off comments, so be it. That is any blogger’s right and all the power to him or her. But what annoys me now is why I wrote the subject above. Everett only wants people to read his blog if they have Twitter accounts.
I blinked when I saw that message.
I blinked again when I read a more recent summary of why he abhors comment sections on all blogs, alluding to people like you who enjoy commenting as the scum of the earth.
Many blogs will encourage you to ‘join the conversation’ in a place called “The Comments”.
“The comments” is where your good ideas and time (your most valuable commodity) goes to die. The reason for this is no one actually sees comments, because it’s generally assumed by the majority of smart Internet users that the commenting section is a place where the low-life of the Internet go to play.
He continued his thoughts amid a larger piece about augmented humanity (a subject that is Greek to me) during which he announced he was throwing out his prior embrace of minimalism — a concept that sparked dual thoughts by Charlie Broadway and Adam Tervort that Ev lost his mind.
This blog doesn’t have comments because I want to encourage you to use more powerful broadcast channels to communicate.
I’m only able to engage in certain mediums (mainly Twitter) because I spend most of my day in the world learning and engaging with real human faces and bodies.
I suppose Ev doesn’t think real human faces are associated with avatars in comments and that fingers on those bodies write comments.
To be fair, Mitch Joel and many others support Ev’s claim that blogging is changing and social networking sites like Twitter are powerful media to be reckoned with, but powerful enough to say goodbye to blog commenting as a form of communication?
Ev also has a point which I agree that people who follow much more than 150 people on Twitter are in for brain overload, as this video by he and Gwen Bell elaborates.
But his insistence that the only people who should read his blog be Twitter users haunted me, as I searched his blog for different keywords until I found a passage he wrote on communication that blew me away.
For around a year I’ve been using Twitter as my primary way to communicate with most of the important people in my life.
I believe that Twitter is a new form of communication so important that it rivals the development of language in the evolutionary history of the human race.
In a few hundred years historians (or our immortal digital selves for that matter) will look back at this day and say “wow, Twitter really changed a lot of things for the people who used it. It’s too bad so many people stuck with Facebook because they were brainwashed into clicking “Like” on photos of hot girls/boys they’ll never sleep with all night long.”
Sure, Ev, that’s what people do on Facebook.
And, sure, Twitter’s development rivals the development of language.
P.S. Good luck clicking any of the above links to Ev’s blog, for he killed it. The links are dead. He destroyed his blog in an effort to convert everything into a book… and to force you to tweet him.