I do not always have comments on hubs I read, and it is quite silly to comment: “Great hub!” or “Well done!” or “Agree!” or whatever in that manner all the time. But I would have loved to support authors/hubbers in an identifiable manner, confirming that I’ve read their hubs with appreciation. Okay, we’ve got those beautiful/awesome/funny/useable clicks, but why can’t the voters be identifiable, like our friends in Facebook when they ‘LIKE’ our status? Or would this throw responsibility upon hubbers who read only their own writings and none of others?
I find the same thing - I like a Hub but can't bring myself to say "good Hub" and, for one reason or another, can't think up something at all worth saying. (Besides, sometimes a person doesn't want to try to "think up" a comment that didn't come naturally, just for the sake of commenting.) I often do wish there were a way to click on something that said, "I was here, liked the Hub, but don't want to waste everyone's time with a useless/meaningless comment just for sake of commenting".
Liza, it was in fact your recent hub that triggered my thoughts about this. My suggestion will safe a lot of time – we will have more time for writing, for we will have fewer comments to respond to. Not that I don’t like responding – I love it – but I would rather read more hubs and write more myself.
That's an interesting concept. Would it lead to fewer comments, and if so would that be a good thing? I really don't think people would comment less. One possible negative aspect would be that some writers might start asking: "Haven't you read any of my hubs this past month?" So anonymity has its advantages as well. All in all, something very much worthwhile considering.
I don't think it's that much to worry about. Most visitors are from outside hubpages anyway, and there's no way to track those people besides IP, which won't do you any good in determining who liked your hub or marked it beautiful, useful, etc.
I agree to an extent, but then there's this: When people post comments on a Hub, that shows up to Google as "new information" and that is a good thing, isn't it? WE, you have more insight and better ways of expressing this - would you please explain it better? Anyway, even a simple and sort of inane comment can have a positive effect for the person who published the Hub. (I think - based on what I have read by more experienced Hubbers.)
[I mean, I agree with the button idea to an extent.]
Aficionada, thanks for your confidence in me - although the commercial aspects of Hubbing isn't my specialty. It is my understanding that the search engines crawl comments as well, and Google likes fresh content, alas that could be helpful.
This said, I discovered just the other day - to my astonishment - that some marketing-savvy Hubbers might deny trivial comments such as "nice hub!" The reason: Not original enough to constitute "fresh content" from a search engine perspective. Furthermore, some Hubbers said they make sure to include some important keywords from their hubs when responding to comments.
I found that absurd and slightly frightening, but that is the way it is around here. A social camp and a marketing camp, sometimes viewing the world rather differently.
I'm one of those who will delete a "nice Hub" comment, unless it's from someone I know. Bear in mind that when you comment, your name is a hyperlink to your profile - and while some people may be commenting because they genuinely like your Hub, others are commenting just to get the backlink.
The comment has also been made that too many meaningless or irrelevant comments can dilute your keywords, not sure how important that would be for such small comments.
Unfortunately we have the 2 groups – those who write for money and those who write because they love writing and intellectual socializing. But all writers appreciate feedback, even if it is only nod approbation. And one surely would like to know WHO approbated. I will still leave comments if I have a comment that makes sense. But I really read a lot of hubs that I truly enjoy, and can only leave a comment like “I couldn’t agree more!” In lieu of this a LIKE-button displaying the names of hubbers. And yes, as WE said, this will expose true and false followers.
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