Voices On Shyftr

Shyftr is a service that aggregates different types of feeds. The main difference from other such types of services, is that it enables users to comment on those feed items away from where it originally came. Kind of like if you could post your comments directly through Google Reader, without posting them on the original blog or site.

Who owns this post? Are pageviews still relevant? Should blog content creators be upset? Is Shyftr crossing the line? Let it all just go?

The good, the bad and the quite ugly news of Shyftr.

The name of the service is quite appropriate. It shifts your audience away from your blog. Über bloggers don’t really care and are quick to dismiss it, but what about the little guys who aren’t yet making 6 or 7 figure salaries?

I don’t like Shyftr.

5 Responses to “Voices On Shyftr”

  1. 1 chartreuse April 13, 2008 at 08:41


    I didn’t like dvds cuz they completely devalued my vhs collection.

    Remember when newspapers were screaming about folks linking to their stories? Remember how ridiculous they sounded?

    It’s the same thing. Really.

    Shyftr won’t last anyway. The idea of holding an audience hostage is so 20th Century…

  2. 2 range April 13, 2008 at 11:31

    I agree, but I still don’t like it!

    It won’t be long before Google does something like that, but my guess is that they will try and send the thread of comments towards the blogs in some fashion, so that the comments appear on the blog as well.

    I don’t think that Shyftr will last either.

    What about me and my 200DVDs? They are worth nothing and most of them are in shitty resolution compared to what’s on the market right now. Nah, I’ve moved fully into the digital medium.

  3. 3 Louis Gray April 13, 2008 at 12:29

    I’ve been a little surprised as to the response to Shyftr. If, for instance, Shyftr came to market BEFORE Google Reader and others, would it be assumed that all RSS reader enable comments? That the others have lacked the capability has only highlighted the difference.

  4. 4 Jonathan Bailey April 14, 2008 at 11:51

    The comparison of DVDs the Shyftr doesn’t really make much sense to me. DVDs were developed and sold by the copyright holders. I don’t think any copyright holders were upset at all about the creation of DVDs.

    If content creators actively licensed their content to Shyftr, that would be one thing, but Shyftr is taking choice away from the copyright holder and probably doing so illegally.

    I agree that I don’t like Shyftr but they seem to have changed their policy so they irk me less, but I still have some minor issues with other aspects of the service.

    Still, I’m glad that things ended well overall.

  5. 5 range April 14, 2008 at 18:45

    I agree with you there. DVDs and Shyftr aren’t really comparable. Switching to digital doesn’t compare to when someone infringes on your copyright.

    Yes, I read that they changed their policy.

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