Use ConvoTrack to follow up on a story

Another Subversive CommentOnce you’ve written and published a blog post or story, use ConvoTrack to find what people are saying about that post on Twitter, other blogs or a handful of other social networks.

Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a current member of those communities to use the tool. As a matter of fact, ConvoTracker might serve as a good introduction to “social” comments.

To use the service, just copy the URL of your story and then go to ConvoTrack.com. You’ll see an editable box that with “http://” in it. Paste your URL over that text and hit the “preload” button.

ConvoTrack will bring you back to your article, but this time you’ll also see a sidebar on the left. According to the tool’s creator, that sidebar shows tweets and comments from “FriendFeed, Digg, Reddit, HackerNews and any blog mentioning the article”

Now that you can see the comments, read them to find news that you might not be aware of. Pick up on the views from people outside of your existing sources. If you are on Twitter, it might be wise to follow some of the users who are tweeting about your article. Most importantly, follow the many links in that sidebar to find related blogs and streams of conversations.

Admittedly this works best if you’ve written something of national interest on a popular blog or news site. For example, I used ConvoTrack in a post last week that examined how The Wall Street Journal’s White House Czar Calls for End to ‘War on Drugs’ article traveled through social networks with little prompting by WSJ or the article’s author. Here is how that article looks with the ConvoTrack sidebar:

ConvoTrack results for WSJ article 

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Photo from Duncan Cumming via Flickr

CNN makes top #inaug09 links on Digg and Twitter

A quick look at links mentioned during Inauguration Day shows that CNN was the only site that was shared frequently by both Diggers and Twitterers.

Right before midnight, I looked at the most popular links for the past 24 hours on Digg and extracted the top five links related to the inauguration. Then I did the same for Twitturly and Twitturls, two sites that track links mentioned on Twitter. Here are the results.

Digg (top in 24 hours)

  1. Barack Obama Officialy Becomes 44th American President, CNN (21,870 diggs)
  2. Whitehouse.gov – before and after, Flickr (4,708 diggs)
  3. Presidential Gatling Gun-Equipped Suburban, Jalopnik (2,863 diggs)
  4. What Did You Think? Text Of Barack Obama’s Speech, Chicago Tribune (2,619 diggs)
  5. CNN: Roberts ‘screwed up’ oath of office, The Raw Story (2,547)

Twitturly (last 24 hours)

  1. CNN.com Live – Facebook (204 active tweets)
  2. Barack Obama Inauguration Day, Ustream.TV (108 active tweets)
  3. Inaugural preparations, Boston.com (90 active tweets)
  4. Presidential Gatling Gun-Equipped Suburban, Jalopnik (63 active tweets)
  5. Change has come to WhiteHouse.gov, EOP (52 active tweets)

Twitturls “today

  1. Welcome to the White House, whitehouse.gov
  2. The 44th President – The Moment and Satellite image of crowds on the Mall, CNN.com
  3. The country’s new robots.txt file, Kottke.org
  4. Word Cloud Analysis of Obama’s Inaugural Speech Compared to … , ReadWriteWeb
  5. Change has come to WhiteHouse.gov, EOP

For more about the popularity of inauguration links, make sure to see my list of popular inauguration pages bookmarked on Delicious on the day of the event.