Thursday, August 25, 2005

Poof! You're all beta testers!

Sorry for my negligence in posting. I've been spending my spare time putting together a little program to do something cool.

Well, at least I think it's cool.

The program is named "diablog", partly in honor of Paul's blog, and partly because it's intended to allow a little more dialog on blogspot blogs.

If you look at the bottom of each post, there's now a button that says "Diablog Me!" and a text area where you can enter your email address. If you put your email address in that box and click "Diablog Me", you will be subscribed to that post. That means that whenever ANYONE adds a comment to the post, the comment will be emailed to you. My intention is to make it easier to remain involved in a conversation about a post.

If this doesn't make sense, tell me.

I'm still testing the program and finishing it up, so please bang on it as much as you like. If you want to test the program on your blog, let me know and I'll help you get set up.

Update:
Wow. It can't just be a coincidence that I post this thing and all of a sudden get hammered with blog spam. From now on, we'll have to do that "type in a word" thing.


Another Update:
Has anyone actually tried to subscribe to comments? Because I haven't seen any subscriptions coming down the wire.

And if you wanted to subscribe but you haven't, why not? Is there some barrier to subscription that I haven't thought of?

Somebody should try subscribing and then adding a comment to see if it gets forwarded to their email correctly.

21 comments:

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This one will go to the right place.

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Matthew said...

A brilliant comment

laughingjack said...

*blink* ow my head

Paul said...

I'm honored...

It will be interesting to see how your experiment goes. I've had the same issue - that it seems too bad to have to be totally linear with a blog, when some people might be interested in continuing with past topics.

Matthew said...

I've had the same issue

Yeah, your blog was what gave me the idea to do it in the first place. Too easy to forget to go back and check comments on a post. Hopefully this will result in less "fire and forget" posting.

irina said...

Mathew it's a wonderful idea... We certainly need that for Paul's blog alright...

Matthew said...

testing, testing

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Kyle said...

This is cool. I want one.

Kyle said...

Okay, I did it. Let the good time's rooooooollllllllllL!

Matthew said...

Ack! I should have expected that Re: Re: Re: problem. Lemme fix that...

Matthew said...

Ok, it's fixed now. I'm going to get a bounce message from Kyle every time a broadcast goes out, but the rest of you won't get it.

I need to figure out how to deal with error emails anyway.

Matthew said...

Sorry if I'm flooding your inbox with emails. This is a test to see if I've shielded myself against Kyle's "you're not on my list" emails.

Matthew said...

Um. I think it worked. Let's try once more. BRING IT, MINDSPRING!

Kyle said...

I had to scan my junk to find it, but I did and put the address in my address book. So the bouncing shouldn't happen anymore. Sorry about that.

Matthew said...

Ok, all you people who are subscribed.

Do you think it's better to be able to subscribe to the comments on individual posts, or should you be able to subscribe to the comments on an entire blog?

Matthew said...

Oh, and Kyle, that bouncing problem is exactly the kind of thing I was trying to test for.

You get a Beta Tester Gold Star.

*bling*