6.1 Blog Ties Blog Rolls Citations And Comments

Social relationships can be expressed online as different forms of blog ties:
Blog roll links are regularly located in the blog’s sidebar and point to other blogs that the creator may read or simply want to always include on her main page. Blog rolls are normally reorganized uncommonly.

Citation links are made by bloggers within their personal posts and can mention an whole blog or just a particular post on that blog. By their nature, they occur at a permanent time point, but may be repeated. Repeated citations can serve as a load for the fix, with more frequent citations representing a greater interest of one blog for another.
Comment links are not essentially hyperlinks, but an interaction that occurs when one person, probably a blogger, adds a comment to another blogger’s post.

For both blog rolls and citations, the communication is indirect. It occurs on the blog with the blog roll or citing blog post, but may be noticed by the blog being referenced through blog search engines, server logs, or through Trackbacks. Trackbacks allow the citing blog to inform the blog receiving the citation that their post has been discussed. The receiving blog will normally display the Trackback, along with summary text of the citing post. Readers are then able to follow conversation across several blogs by traversing Trackbacks.

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