Fixing online comments — how do you automate trust?

Jeff Atwood, co-founder of Stack Overflow, has launched a new platform that he hopes will improve the nature of online comments by adding trust metrics — but there are no shortcuts to healthy online communtiies.

Branch rolls out Groups to organize conversation parties

Branch, an online conversation tool, is making it easier for groups of people to organize their conversations. With groups, Branch users can more easily set up conversations among members. And fans can follow the conversations or ask to join in.

Conversation starter Branch opens to the public

After lining up some big backers including two Twitter founders, communications hub Branch is opening to the public. The service is trying to encourage online dialogues by drawing people into conversations that can be shared and preserved.