When I first heard about coComment I was pumped ... a tool that would track all the comments left on a blog post. Problem was it only tracked the comments left by other users of coComment ... booo.
A few weeks ago the coComment folks released a new improved version which they claimed would finally let you see all comments posted on any particular blog post you wanted. I was hopeful they got it right and started using coComment again full time.
I'm pleased to report that this product works as advertised. I can easily track the comments left on a particular post I've commented on ... OR ... track the comments without even leaving a comment myself (nice!).
It's really simple to setup and use. They walk you through the steps ... but basically you create a browser favorite in IE, Firefox, Safari, or Opera and add it as a link ...
Find a post you want to leave a comment on and click the coComment favorite before you submit your comment. A small box will appear allowing you to add a tag if you so desire ...
If you want to track comments but not leave one yourself ... just click to leave a comment but don't fill any of the fields .. click the coComment favorite and a small box will appear under the comments area ... check the "track conversation" box
To view comments left on the posts your tracking you have 2 options.
1 - visit the coComment website and you'll see all the posts your tracking and the related comments ... along with other details and options. (note: I'm only tracking my own blog comments for the purpose of making the following pretty graphic ;-)
Option 2 - you can subscribe to your coComments RSS feed ... and see all the comment threads you're tracking via your fav RSS reader ... in my case it's bloglines
So ... as a review I'm quite pleased with coComment. I don't leave many comments, but when I do it's nice to see follow ups that might be directed to me. And the ability to track comments with leaving one yourself is quite handy as well :-)
I doesn't yet with with all blogs ... for instance I have found that it does not work with Engadget's blog ... but the coComment folks say they're working on intergration with more blog engines.
So head on over to cocomment.com and check it out for yourself ...