Open threads are a way for bloggers to open a post up for user comment. Usually the title of the post is Open Thread: Topic (whatever the topic may be). A good topic would be something in the news, like Hurricane Ike, or something everyone can relate to, like baby strollers.
Blogs like Boing Boing or Clusterflock post links to interesting, but totally random content that’s entertaining. They post open threads just because they can. There doesn’t have to be a topic because the blog doesn’t have any particular focus so users don’t expect one. At the same time, it’s not always true that blogs use open threads because they don’t have anything to say or need content. Even blogs like Jezebel that post 50+ times a day use open threads. It’s also part of online community “bonding.”
It’s kind of like a chat room since users and bloggers have common interests and are interacting online. But blogs aren’t groups, they’re networks. So, open threads are a way to tap the network (users and other bloggers) about a specific topics.
It’s also simply just a way for blogs to discuss popular news or important events.
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