Use Chat Catcher to Track Blog Comments

Chat Catcher is a free service that scans social media sites such as Twitter, FriendFeed, and identi.ca for blog comments.  It not only discovers full links to blog posts, it also translates shortened urls from any url shortening service.  It’s very easy to start using Chat Catcher.  Just follow the steps below and begin capturing comments.

  1. Navigate to ChatCatcher.com and download the files for your blog.  The Chat Catcher WordPress plugin is available at WordPress.org.  There is also a Drupal module (written by John Eckman).  Chat Catcher can run on any blog that supports trackbacks using the PHP script.  Just click the Get Code button.
  2. Once you’ve installed your plugin or script, register your blog with the Chat Catcher service.  Chat Catcher only captures comments for registered blogs, and you’ll need to provide your blog address, Chat Catcher’s secret code, and an email address.  The email address will only be used to notify you of important service updates.
  3. Configure your script or plugin.  Add names to the Chat Catcher user name list and comments from those users will not be published.  Likewise, you can configure Chat Catcher to reject comments that contain specified words or phrases.
  4. Test your Chat Catcher settings using the link provided on the Chat Catcher configuration page.  Enter a valid trackback url on the test page and generate a test trackback to your blog.

If you’d rather not install a script or you don’t have access to upload a script to your blog, you can also signup for the “Scriptless” option.  Chat Catcher still will track your blog comments and store them for you. Because every Chat Catcher site has an RSS feed, you can monitor your blog’s comments through the feed.

Chat Catcher works with your blog’s existing comment system.  If your posts are being passed around on microblogging and lifestreaming services, you’re missing comments.  Chat Catcher can help.