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TrackBack: Where Blogs Learn Their Places

TrackBack: Where Blogs Learn Their Places

Syllabus Magazine does a great review on Trackbacks for the uninitiated, oddly though they have no trackback facility.
TrackBack: Where Blogs Learn Their Places | Syllabus Magazine

“Someone, let’s say Tom, has written a post on his own Weblog that comments on a post in another person’s Weblog, say Paula’s. How does Paula know or learn about Tom’s interest and reference to her post? Tom could have gone to Paula’s Weblog and posted a note there saying he liked Paula’s comment and wrote about it on his blog at However, this takes an extra degree of effort, and is just the sort of communication barrier that keeps like-minded people from forming communities. What is needed is a form of remote comment—rather than posting the comment directly on Paula’s Weblog, Tom posts his comment about what Paula has written on his own Weblog, then he sends a TrackBack ping to notify Paula.”

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  • In response to the article I, being a novice found it quite useful. I’d heard the term “Trackback” before, but had no idea what it was. I’m still a bit confused, but I’ll catch on eventually.

    And yes it was a “Good point”, but John D is still a spammer:(

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