Amplify- a new way to comment

I read a lot of blogs and I confess I often post my thoughts to Twitter rather than commenting on the blog. Unless I’ve got a LOT to say and then I’ll write a post of my own and link back to the blog that got me thinking. To me, the important thing is to share the post with my friends and talk about it and commenting on the blog sorta limits the reach unless i comment and then link to the post and share it with my networks. Ugh, too many steps.

 I’ve been playing with a new service that just may change all that. It’s called Amplify, and here’s the thing that makes it cool. Set up an account and then get the Firefox extension. Browse your favorite blog, click the Amplify button in the browser and you can clip specific paragraphs, images or sections of the post you’re reading and file it on your “clog” (short for “cliplog”) at Amplify with your comments. You can even clip straight out of Google Reader or Bloglines. Here’s mine so far, but look for more content, I can see using this a lot.

Here’s the beautiful part. Amplify syncs with your favorite social networks like Twitter, Facebook and even delicious. As soon as you post it sends out to the networks you select and posts a link there too. Simple as that. Now your friends have a link to discuss the post or to go directly to the post on the original blog and add their comments there. This takes sharing links on Twitter to new heights.

Amplify lets you create groups too, with it’s own URL, like socialmedia.amplify.com so as users naturally gather to read posts they can share across groups on the site too.

I’ve got a couple of beta invites for this left, so Tweet me on Twitter if you’re interested and I’ll pass them along, or you can sign-up for the beta by following @amplifytheweb and when they are available they’ll get you a beta invite.

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  • Fabulous, Janet! Thanks for the Amplify info. What a great idea. Can't wait to try it out.
    Lissa

  • Hi Janet,

    "Here’s the beautiful part. Amplify syncs with your favorite social networks …"

    I have to disagree with you on that part. I like the fact the service makes it easy to comment, but we're starting to see more "syncs" as friends' Facebook streams and Twitter posts just become automatic repeats of what they've already said elsewhere.

    I prefer to see a bit more thought put into each communication, rather than an auto "cut and paste" entry.

    Does that make sense?

    Cheers,
    John.

  • John,
    Point well taken. Auto-posting without moderation is a form of broadcasting. The way I use Amplify is for the links that I want to have a longer input than 140 chars but don't want to write a whole blog post.
    so I write my comment on the post on Amplify and I'm on Twitter constantly so I see replies and DMs and respond there or on Amplify.

  • Ross

    Janet, now THAT is a post that pertains to Social Media! Kidding, retweeted.

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