crobb305 - 4:35 pm on Apr 13, 2011 (gmt 0)
fresh "engaged" conversations ..G likes them
This definitely seems to be the case. I know it's becoming cliché, but even E-how does it. They have FB commentary on most/all of their articles. This could definitely be a signal. My concern comes from the time/resources it will take for moderation. There are so many spiteful people out there, and lots of scammers looking for a voice. I've always wanted to start a personal YouTube channel so I could upload home movies and such, but I have always told myself that I would keep comments turned off, because I just don't want to deal with the negativity from others. Some of us just don't want to be that engaged or have to deal with conversation constantly. So when it comes to website rankings, I hate to think that our hands are being forced on this. It gives haters and scammers a free voice (I see spam links posted all over the Yahoo Answers pages that occupy the #1 spot in the Google SERPS). Alas, I fear that you are correct. Liking/sharing are one aspect, but active engagement may really be getting a boost.