The image below is produced by Mosaica, a screensaver that I have installed on my computer. It starts with a black and grey grid, and quickly builds up a mosaic of images from Flickr. Where next in the world will I be taken by this concoction of 21st century technologies that work together so harmoniously? It’s a never ending adventure, really it is.
I like 21st century technology. I mean, who in their right minds is still using Windows 95 for their daily computer needs? Or worse, is anyone out there using something that reports anomalies on screen in big bold letters – syntax error? Do you connect to the web using a 56k dial up modem? When someone asks if you want to play a video game, do you leap over the armchairs and load up Frogger on your Atari 2600?
Of course not. And yet. And yet. Blogger. A fine platform for aspiring writers. Ruined by a piece of ’90s tech. The comments system. I know, I have been here before. But really, enough is enough. This is the 21st century. A comments system needs to be consistent, threaded, linked to social networks, have the ability to update users without the poor sod jumping through hoops. And more. All the things Blogger comments is not.
There are alternatives. Disqus is my favourite. Intense Debate also good. Both blend well with Blogger, like Mosaica and Flickr. I like them. Luddites, the stubborn and those not in the know….less so. But no more excuses. I don’t use Windows 95. I don’t own an Atari 2600. I haven’t seen the words syntax error appear on my screen in a long time. I no longer have a cassette player.
And, from this moment on, for the same reasons I don’t use the aforementioned, I no longer comment on Blogger blogs with the standard commenting system. The system is the equivalent of Mosaica trying to create a screensaver by having a man run around art galleries, grabbing physical pictures and trying to push the paintings into my monitor.It’s nothing personal. It is, in many ways more my loss than others.
But my loss is greater than my gain in using it. I simply can’t be bothered with it any more. Bloggers using it are in effect telling me that they aren’t really that bothered about their comments. Not bothered about the conversations they could produce. That would be better than they are currently. Such is life.