- Rob La Gesse had posted something to his blog.
- His FriendFeed account picked it up and aggregated it.
- A blogger commented on the FriendFeed item of the post – not the post itself.
- La Gesse deletes his FriendFeed account.
- The blogger’s comments were deleted and gets pissed and eventually cools down.
My point of view:
Yes, commenters own the copyright to their comments. Unless you have a specific commenting policy, comments are under copyright just like any other created content online.
I however am under no obligation to host your comments. I am not obligated to send you a copy of your comments before I take them down. I don’t have to store them later if you decide you want them back. Simply: I don’t have to pay to host your content.
FriendFeed says that the comments are still in the system – just not attached to anything so they aren’t viewable.
If your comments are that precious to you, shouldn’t you be archiving them somewhere that you control?
It is great that everything is open and aggregated and decentralized but how many more layers of commenting can we add to things? How many more systems can have their own private messaging that replicates email and is built only to annoy users into coming back into the application?