In days of yore, webloggers would leave each other messages of support on each others’ pages when they dropped by, the kind of messages that people sometimes leave in the guestbooks of B&Bs when they want to avoid the boring job of packing their suitcases.

“Hello, saw your page. It’s okay,” they would say. And that would be pretty much it.

Today, with tweetstorms and YouTube comments and constant internet outrage, it seems like a guestbook is more likely to draw be a full-throated disavowal of everything the blogger had ever written, a one star amazon review and an empty threat to get me fired.

But still, let’s try and be civil, shall we? Hello, you saw my page?

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