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The neverending story

About a month ago, I got an unusual email from Ryan and Jacob. I turned on comments for that post and several people stopped by and offered their thoughts and observations.

Online conversations on weblogs generally don’t last too long, two or three days at the most. The post scrolls down the page, there’s other more exciting things going on in the world, the topic is exhausted, etc. The Ryan and Jacob thread, thanks in part to lots of visitors from Google coming in through the side door, kept going strong for almost three weeks and is still generating comments even today. Weblogs are usually so ephemeral…it’s very weird somehow that this thread continues to grow unnoticed and untended, like mushrooms in a damp corner of the basement.