I believe that better backchannels are possible, so long as we don’t keep doing them in a chat that is reacted upon every few seconds. In the video, I identify three things our #etmooc backchannels need:
1. @mentions (replies that show to whom you are speaking)
2. Threading (much better nesting of conversations for tracking)
3. Up/down voting so that you can agree with an idea without adding noise the backchannel.
Original video from Joe Dillon: http://youtu.be/v8FKEDi6-mc
Reflective Vlogging Practice Community: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116395158372553895482