Tacky Jacquie

What are trackbacks for? They’re for letting bloggers and readers know that you’ve linked to them, providing an easy way for people to find the commentary and reactions to a post that piques their interest.

They’re not for shameless self-promotion aimed at becoming the next hot libertarian blog chick with a picture on her sidebar. Case in point: Jacqueline Passey, who has sent trackbacks to just about everyone who linked to Catallarchy’s Libertarian Girl revelation. Readers following those trackbacks will find no mentions of the blog they were just looking at, but they will find Jacqueline linking to eight pictures of herself and a story about how short her skirts are.

The bloggers she pinged without linking to are:
Radley Balko
Courtney Knapp
Tim Swanson
TJIC
Truck and Barter
Blogosphere out of Countrol
Wizbang
Hammer of Truth
et moi

That’s nine blogs I’m aware of and there could possibly be more. As for the trackback she posted here, I think Homestar Runner says it best: BALETED!

[Instant update: I'm an accidental ass. I tried to be conscientious and turned off the feature that automatically pings the blogs listed above. It turns out I missed a step and, as Steve of Hammer of Truth points out, sent my own round of unrelated trackbacks. My apologies to them and please feel free to delete the pings.]

Comments

  1. Jacqueline says:

    Many people also use them to let other people know that they too are writing about the same subject. Most of those people pinged me back.

  2. So then you come along and leave your now-unrelated trackback too… classic.

    Maybe we can make this a recursive meme, and eventually we can all trackback each other complaining about the trackbacks that are going on, at which point we will all laugh merrily at what a horribly stupid circle jerk it all was.

  3. Jacqueline says:

    I love the idea of a “TrackBack circle jerk”… that’s hillarious! Get it going and I will join the jerkers. :)

  4. Jacob says:

    So now my Valentine’s Day festivities include hosting a circle jerk. And not even a real circle jerk, which would be pathetic enough, but a virtual, trackback circle jerk. This post is going downhill very fast.

    And Jacqueline, considering the tangential relation of both our posts and the remarkable speed and thoroughness of your pings, I still side with shameless self-promotion. But hey, you’ll get more traffic from this entry I devoted to you than you would have from a lowly trackback, so you win either way.

  5. I’m sorry, but trackback has a diversity of uses, customs, and mores and I agree with the broad usage of JMPP, although I personally use trackbacks only if I directly link.

    I’m not certain how much positive marginal self-promotion JMPP gains by related but not directly linked trackbacks. She does however, entwine nicely the conversation between blogs, which I appreciate.

    Also, I don’t think Jacob’s auto-trackbacking is an abuse, since his accusations of JMPP’s are also relevant and interesting.

  6. Jacob says:

    I agree that there are varied mores on the use of trackbacks, though surveying a Google search for “trackback etiquette” did seem to turn up a majority view against vacant trackbacks.

    I’m unsure what you mean by how she entwines conversations between blogs. Following one of her trackbacks leads a reader only to her entry, not to the many others she pinged (I found those by looking at who linked to Catallarchy). Had she provided links to those sites I’d have had no problem with the practice and she’d have done a much better job connecting blog posts into a conversation.

    If someone wants to call attention to a related post of his own, it’s easy enough to directly say so in the comment section or to email the blogger and let him know about it. In my opinion, using trackbacks for this when good alternatives exist just muddles the system for everyone.

    Lastly, I’m glad you don’t think my auto-trackbacking was an abuse, even though it was entirely accidental.

  7. Jacqueline says:

    Most the people I pinged pinged me back, and they show up under the post.

  8. Anon says:

    Our little girl Jacqueline with the self-esteem problem will hopefully grow up by the time she turns 30.

Trackbacks

  1. Trackback etiquette

    I get annoyed when people leave me trackbacks, and then I look at the post and it contains no link to my blog! This is an abuse of the trackback system, and I’m in complete agreement with Jacob Grier

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