How would you react if a popular website disabled your ability to comment on their article. I bet you would feel like your opinion isn’t appreciated and your voice cannot be heard. Well, this is actually not the motive talked about in the article, ‘What happened after 7 news sites got rid of reader comments’ by Justin Ellis. Instead of censoring comments, publishers are actually re-directed the discussion to social media platforms. By stopping the ability to comment, publishers are hoping to actually inspire reader discussion. A list of the news organizations that are playing by these rules includes: Recode, The Verge, Reuters, Mic, Popular Science, The Week, and USA Today’s FTW.
When the ability to comment directly on home websites was disabled, forums saw a dramatic increase in traffic. The article talks about keeping the reader’s comments on topic. Many readers in today’s society and on social media are eager to comment with an immediate reaction to what they have just read. These organizations realize this and try to curtail it by disabling commenting or allowing commenting only on certain posts, such as when the writer asks the audience a question. Commenting from social media platforms removes some of the anonymity that gives online commenters an extra degree of outspokenness. This helps keep everything more civil because there’s a face and a name sitting next to the commentary. Who wants their website cluttered with un-moderated comments anyway?
Reuters.com mentions that they did not receive a good amount of attention from comments anyway. Their motive behind removing the comments is out of best interest of the audience. Had the audience not moved over to social media anyway, Reuters.com said they might have taken a different approach.
Most of the online world is attached to social media one way or another. But what is most interesting about social media is how personal it is. Social media allows people to communicate with each other clearly from anywhere in the world. Businesses and popular websites are jumping on the bandwagon too. Is the age of professional/personal websites coming to a close? Will social media platforms take over online communication completely in the future?