If you have ever posted comments or questions on blogs or websites and then forgot to bookmark them, then you may be happy to learn that there are free blogging tools and services that will do the remembering for you. This post will introduce you to some of free comment tracking tools and services you can use so you will never miss another response.
We all have the ability to track our comments made in response to the those we receive on our own blogs from our Admin panels. Some blogs like wordpress.com blogs and self hosted wordpress.org blogs also offer the ability to subscribe to comments via RSS feeds. But, did you know that there are several free comment tracking services available for your use?
(1) Update this service has been removed.
This free service helps you locate and track comments made on issues posted to forums and discussion boards. You type in your search terms and click enter. You register for a a free account and there are a number of other tools available to you that can be used for tracking. The search results can be delivered by RSS feed.
This is a free service for managing, powering and tracking conversations online. When using it, you can keep track of your comments across any site, share them with friends, and be notified when you get a response. If you’re blogger or site owner, you can integrate the service to power or track your conversations across the internet.
There is a Firefox extension for cocomment too, and you can get a free cocomment: your conversations widget from widgetbox for your blogspot or self hosted wordpress blog as well.
This is yet another free service that tracks comments/follow-ups on blog posts, Digg submissions, Flickr galleries, and many other types of content. When ever there is an update, a new follow-up, you will be notified instantly. To use it, either login to blogflux or register.
(5) Google Alerts
Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic. Some handy uses of Google Alerts include:
- monitoring a developing news story
- keeping current on a competitor or industry
- getting the latest on a celebrity or event
- keeping tabs on your favorite sports teams
- comment tracking
The default setting for Google Alerts is set at “comprehensive,” and will include search results gained from blogs, web sites, news outlets and Google groups. When you set up your Alerts you also specify the e-mail address and the frequency of searches.
(6) Twitter Search
If you tweet (who doesn’t these days?), then twittersearch allows you to search terms and subscribe to the RSS feed for the search results. There are also additional free services such as Twilert, that will deliver search results and updates by e-mail that help you track comments and online conversations.
If my readers know of other free comment tracking services, please feel free to post a comment with a link to the service you recommend.