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TrackBack

A cross referencing system between blogs that was introduced in the Movable Type blogging software in 2002. When you make a comment on your blog about a subject posted on another blog, TrackBack is used to enable that blog to link back to your comment on your blog. It also allows a title and excerpt of the comment to be included with the link.

Both blogs must use blogging software that supports the TrackBack protocol. The TrackBack is initiated by selecting a link in your blog and filling in a title and excerpt. The software contacts the blog to see if it will accept a TrackBack. See Pingback.
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Trackbacks ensure not only that links are maintained between the sample and the master, but that mastered content owners can easily determine who is sampling their content.
One, by dynamically maintaining a trackback to the content master, the intellectual property of the content creator is enhanced since each conversation points back to the master, creating a user-generated web of conversations around the originating content.