No longer have to rely soley on Technorati to track conversations in the blogosphere. This post from Micropersuation points to new developments on Blogpulse. It goes a step further and attempts to track a conversation as a thread as you usually see in discussion groups or forums…this is good stuff!
For example, check out the thread here, seeded from that Micropersuation post mentioned above.
Here is the conversation tracker page…what they say is:
“Give the Conversation Tracker a whirl by typing in a permalink to a post or to a news article. For perfomance reasons, the default depth of the tree is set to 3 and the default breadth is set to 25. The breadth can be adjusted, as can the expected start date of the conversation”.
I find Blogpulse conversation tracker very clear and neat…you can do this to some extent on their normal or advanced (date range) search screen by typing in a link or a permalink, but it won’t show the depth and thread of the conversation as it happens.
Although what I like about the general search is at the click of a button you can see this information on a graph, providing a visual perspective of the frequency of links to your blog.
Blogpulse mentions that the trend search is a good way of finding out when a conversation started or seeded, once you have found the starting date you can go back to the conversation tracker and enter that value in your date range. (Mind you, their index only goes back to 60 days at the moment)
The only thing it lacks is an RSS feed, or even a bookmarklet…well, I can’t find one!
Check out their analysis report of the blogosphere for the recent tsunami crisis…now this is taking the blogosphere and showing everyone what it’s got!