The idea is to collect all the comments that you leave on other blogs, so that you can keep track of them (there might be pearls of wisdom in there), and perhaps so that you can display them on your blog or website. I got access to the closed beta, and signed up. Check out the shiny new widget in the right margin!
The system is not foolproof. The first comment I captured, using the bookmarklet provided, wound up with no title, for example, and there seems to be no way to edit the cocomments once captured.
Here’s what the service shows after my first comment:
Here’s the user experience when making a comment (in this case, at Micropersuasion):
I hope that the cocomment cocreators will provide more control on the display options in the widget, but its workable as is.
And this is potentially an improvement over using del.icio.us to keep tabs on the dark comments that we sprinkle all over the blogosphere, and then lose track of. I hope they develop a tool to go find all the unclaimed comments I have out there, moldering in various forgotten corners.
[Update: I forgot to mention the permalink that is assigned to every cocomment. Does this mean that we might start linking into the cocomment space, instead of to the original posts? I don’t think so.
Also note the social dimension of the tool: you can access a tag cloud of the most active users, and when you click on ‘Stowe Boyd’ that brings you to the list of my cocomments.
They provide a similar tag cloud of the most cocommented blogs.]