Profy points to Backwardblog, a widget message board for your blog sidebar that allows your blog visitors to post messages, you can follow these with a private RSS feed, or share the feed with others. I suppose you can use it as a public “contact us” facility.
Other ways are a blog chat widget, message box (smilar one’s have post by SMS with texterize) or visitor book, or even a contact form (this is private).
It also says: “A trackback link, which other bloggers can use to add their individual blog posts to your BackwardBlog. “
If this is what I think it is, it says that your Backwardblog has a trackback URL, meaning excerpts of other people’s posts can appear in your backwardblog widget.
This is exactly the idea I had in mind about a year ago, when people want to publish a comment or trackback to a blog in general and not in regards to a blog post, they choose the “About page”.
They either leave a comment on someone’s “About page post”, or write a post in their own blog and have the post appear as a trackback in the “About page” of the blog they are pinging.
I wanted to use it for a further purpose, just say you post something and want to ping your friends in general at the same time as publishing your post. One way is to collect all the trackback URL’s of the About pages of your friends blogs, but over time this can feel like spamming…for a full explanation see my post reverse blog and email blog post pinging.
In my post email and blog comments is a similar situation where when I comment on a blog I want to ping others to let them know, join in, etc…so for this to happen we need a ping address box in a comments form.
Maybe backwardblog could be our ping homepage or widget, as a space where others can ping us to let us know about stuff, the first deal would be a contacts section so we can access our friends ping addresses.
There could be a social network for pinging, maybe called “Ping me” or “Ping on Me” (that doesn’t sound nice).
So how it would work is that everyone in the PingMe network has a PingURL, you have an add friends contact list, and maybe you can even group friends (this group could have a spliced PingURL so you Ping once to many people in your contacts).
NOTE: I really don’t know all the technical issues and spam issues, I’m just thinking out loud.
Next time I’m posting on my blog and want to let a few buddies know about my post, I can ping their PingMe URL’s, and an excerpt and link back to my post will appear in their PingMe inbox.
Next time I’m posting a comment on a blog and want to let my buddies know about this comment I’m making, I can ping their PingMe URL’s, and an excerpt and link back to my post will appear in their PingMe inbox.