March 27, 2009

BackType – Keep Track Of Your Comments


BackType is a tool for tracking comments made online. If you routinely visit blogs and are active in social media, it can be helpful to have a single location where you can keep track of what you’ve said and view comments from others as well.

It only takes a few minutes to get started with BackType. Once your account is active you can add email addresses and websites to your profile. As you make comments across the internet, BackType will automatically aggregate this information into its system and make them available for easy viewing. BackType works with most comment blogging and social networking platforms such as WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Twitter, Friendfeed and many more.

Other features allow you to monitor the internet for search terms that interest you and receive email updates when they are mentioned, making BackType a useful brand tracking resource. You can also see what is being said about a particular topic, through an easy on-page search form.

Practical Uses:

  • Locate people who are most influential and track their conversations
  • Keep up to date on what your competitors and people in your industry are saying about your products or services
  • Aggregate your comment activity and share it with others on your own blog through BackType’s widget

Insider Tips:

  • Create a subscription to track comments on a particular post and track this through your feed reader
  • Learn what people are seeing about your latest post by using the BackType Connect service
  • Create a widget to expose your friends and family to your commenting activities on the web
  • Add social media accounts such as Digg and Facebook to make BackType even more useful
  • Fill in the URLs of all the sites where you comment regularly; the more you include the more useful it is

What we liked:

  • Single, streamlined solution for comment tracking
  • BackType includes a small icon that shows you where comments have come from
  • Summaries of your most active comment locations
  • The interface is highly intuitive

What we didn’t like:

  • The comment tracking isn’t seamless; it can take a while for some comments to show up
  • There is no way to easily import your friends from other social networking sites in order to view their comment activity


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2008
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Toronto, Canada
  • Founded by: Christopher Golda, Mike Montano
  • Web site:


  • Free


  1. alx

    Just a note to say that SezWho has been acquired by JS-Kit and “services are being deactivated 31 March 2009”; more here:

  2. Hi,

    Thanks for mentioning coComment. But the link and the URL title are mixed with another site…..

    Conversation tracking is definitely our core business and we offer a browser extension that makes tracking seamless. Each time you enter a comment the conversation is added to your track list. The browser extension will also notify you when a conversation you track is updated.

  3. Thanks Christophe, we’ve gotten that fixed.

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