Webride enables you to discuss the webpage you are on, this comment you make will also be bookmarked in the Webride discussion tagging service.
Sort by popular or new…here you have a stream of the latest webpages commented on, if you click on a bookmark it will launch into a split screen (the webpage you are discussing on the right, and the left pane will have the discussion)…also displayed is a running number total of comments for each bookmark.
Each bookmark has a details link:
- Discuss (choose split or full to add to the discussion or to just see the discussion)
- Address (the actual native webpage)
- Top Tags (popular tags assigned to the webpage)
I wonder why you have to click split or full or click on the actual bookmark itself to see the discussion, I’d like to expand the discussion and add to it from where I am (I suppose it is a bit hard to add to the discussion if you haven’t seen/read about the webpage yet…point taken).
The details link lacks a link to see which users have commented on this bookmark, so we can hyperlink straight to their user space…again I suppose if you click on the bookmark or click discuss (details) you will see all comments and hyperlinks to the user spaces.
On the sidebar is a tag cloud to view the current stream of posts by tag…when you click a tag it also list related tags to refine your browsing.
Another view for the homepage is by tag, this is a tag cloud for all the bookmarks in the system…also search a tag.
Now I did a search for my URL which is great as I can see who has commented on any of my blog posts using Webride, but where’s my ego feed.
[ADDED: coming to think of it, Webride can also double up as an alternative to collecting comments you make on blog posts, the only thing is that they live at Webride and not in the blog post].
Sort by Top or New Users or search a user…each entry has a link to the user space or a link straight to a tag in the user space.
- Rate your relation to this person: like, dislike, don’t care (when you click the Relations view you will see a list of who this user likes, dislikes, doesn’t care about)
- Personal Tag cloud (Top 25)
- Tag cloud (all tags)…also search for a tag
Clicking on a bookmark will launch to the discussion…from your bookmark stream you can see just your comments (not all) by expanding a link…hmm this is what I was refering to earlier on for the homepage.
Add a comment
Almost forgot, add a comment manually in the search box on the homepage, or via the bookmarklet.
When you add a comment it launches to the split view, where you can see all current comments (if any) with links to these users…you can also add tags.
When you leave a comment you will notice you can grab the RSS feed, there is also a subscribe feed (this is a spliced feed, of all new comments for the discussions you have subscribed to).
NOTE: Webride does not have an inbox to view the latest from your subscriptions, it just offers feeds which you can read elsewhere.
You can embed a link into your blog, this expands into a box showing the discussions for your blog post…this kind of competes with your inhouse comments.
An alternative is to just link to a discussion from your blog post (this is what the bookmarklet does).
You don’t have to register for inhouse comments, but you do have to be a user of Webride to add a comment in the Webride box…so it’s not really doubling up, it’s complementary, and also remember that this comment is not only on your blog but is also now promoted (listed) in Webride.
Webride is simple to use and has a great purpose, especially if you don’t have comments on your blog (only thing is people would need to register with the Webride service just to leave a comment on your blog…not good if they don’t care to join Webride).
Although, you sometimes have to register for some inhouse comments eg. PingWare (Ottergroup).