Robert Scoble
For my blog redesign, we are looking at Disqus, Intense Debate, BackType, commenting engines. Should we use any? Which one? Discuss here:
Or should we just stick with Wordpress' comments and use a Plugin to bring friendfeed comments into it? Like what TechCrunch is doing. - Robert Scoble
My design is looking pretty nice. They used the Thesis theme. Coming soon. Can't wait to blog again! - Robert Scoble
Yes. Keep it simple, but keep the conversation only on friendfeed/your site. - Daniel Morgan
In the apps room, most people liked Disqus better. - Bruce Lewis
TechCrunch format works for me - Julie Williams
Disqus is simple, allows twitter re-posting, Facebook Connect, and OpenID authentication, and some nice RSS feeds. - Jesse Hattabaugh
Robert: The BackType Connect plugin works on top of the Wordpress comment system -- so we aren't a replacement comment system - CG
what about JS-Kit? - Nick Halstead
I like Disqus. - Tami Baribeau
Scoble: Screenshots! - Gustav Holmström
JS-Kit are still the market leaders from the numbers I have seen - Nick Halstead
Disqus + friendfeed: mebbe a plugin that will allow using a post box on your blog, that will make it part of FF conversation - Shivanand Velmurugan
I'm prefering Disqus. good support. they're going after the integration and really on top of the whole discussion world. - SolidSmack
Thesis Theme? or Thesis-Like Theme? (did you hear about the controversy?) -- also count one vote for Disqus - Chris Heath
Go with Disqus. - Chris Charabaruk
I like Disqus. :) Very simple to use, and great service if you need help. - Daynah
I like Disqus too. Their FF integration could be cleaner though... - Daniel J. Pritchett
Definitely Disqus, gotta love how it keeps you logged in across sites. - Tyler Hayes
why are their so many? i just dont understand the advantages. although the techcrunch model seems to be the easiest - Cory
Facebook connect is a must IMO - Daniel J. Pritchett from IM
Techcrunch comments (trees) + voting. - Stoicho Monev
I'm not a blogger, nor do I participate much on blogs, but I like Disqus because of the "like"-system. The ability to like comments gives readers somewhat to do on your blog. That is, something easier than commenting themselves. - Meryn Stol
Cory: TechCrunch's CrunchCam is a group/room on friendfeed and you can post to it and then there can be comment threads underneath each post... kind of cool that you get an extra level of threading by doing that, but that only works for a single page not a whole run of pages, each with their own set of comments. - Chris Heath
This really comes down to 3rd party comment system vs native comment system. If you want the latter, you can supplement with BackType Connect if you like. Here's an e.g. of it running on WP comments (threaded): - CG
To expand on what Shivanand and Daniel said, Disqus has a "Social media reactions" feature that pulls in comments from other sites, including FriendFeed. Example here: - Bruce Lewis
I like Disqus, too; using it on my WordPress site. FB Connect and Twitter integration is nice, as are individual profiles. - Guy LeCharles Gonzalez
I like Disqus+FriendFeed, but I'd say whatever you do Facebook Connect, Google Friend Connect, or some other system such that users don't have to create yet another account on your blog to comment/participate is a must. No way would I maintain my own user DB these days. - Ken Sheppardson
I think that liking comments make individual blog pages somewhat nicer to be at. A bit of interaction, a bit of play. Certainly for visitors who are coming from FriendFeed. - Meryn Stol
I think a custom thing is better cause only you know what needs your has - Andy Gongea
JS-KIT works very well - Mark
I like Disqus, works well on every blog and brings in a large number of social network 'reactions' to your articles. - Mathew Packer
Having tried them all, I'm liking plain Wordpress comments with Backtype connect. It's a clean, fast solution without all the javascript slowdowns. - Bwana ☠
Thanks for all the feedback, this really helps. Looks like we're going with Disqus. - Robert Scoble
I am using Disqus and I am satisfied. I guess all are good alternatives! - Manos Matsakis
Somehow I already knew that :) - Bwana ☠
Disqus has been my favorite so far. I'm actually considering a custom engine I may write though - I'm thinking of something like Disqus in a frame on the left side, and real-time FriendFeed and maybe Facebook in a frame on the right below the post. - Jesse Stay
If I find the time to do it each new post will auto-submit to FriendFeed/Facebook, and track the comments of that post on each site and auto-update real-time (or as close as possible) - Jesse Stay
I really like Disqus. Simple, straight forward. Can't put my finger on it but when I see Diqus is an option i am much more likely to comment. That said, could be a reason to use another to keep me form commenting. :) - Kevin Murray
Disqus is a good choice but beware their do follow username links. I get more spam than I would like - I would guess you'd get a good bit more because of that and their spam filtering needs some upgrading - David Knight
Good point, David. I get a decent amount of spam via Disqus and my blog is orders of magnitude smaller than Robert's. - Daniel J. Pritchett
I have a gmail address, i get (almost) no spam (in my inbox) - Chris Heath
im really enjoying intense debate.i love the voting system and tiered responses. also its super easy to link all your social profiles through. - Jason Fleck
I have loved Intense Debate because of the super fast email moderation, but I also like BackType too. Haven't tried Disqus but I have heard some moving away from it. - Brandon Cox
Robert, are you *finally* going to pay attention to issues of comment export and import *before* you adopt a new system? The main reason I no longer comment on your blog is because you've shown little compunction over dumping comments wholesale whenever you migrate to a new service. - Michael R. Bernstein
Personally, I'm liking disqus right now. you can also combine it with friendfeed comments like @kylelacy is - Colin Clark
Kyle is using ID and I don't see FF comments on this post - am I missing something? - Daniel J. Pritchett from IM
As a commenter I really appreciate the Disqus system. I tend towards epic length comments, often worth reblogging. Disqus makes that very simple. I would like it even more if the FriendFeed was integrated both ways with the Disqus. The one thing I don't like about Disqus is the disjointed way that the comments are brought into FriendFeed. (each comment s a separate feed entry instead of being tied to the original post announcement) Shey has an interesting setup on his blog of having both the Disqus, AND FriendFeed, in two separate sections. This is a great thing as an intermediate solution. I would make my little short comments via the FriendFeed area (either on the blog or here) and the more epic ones on the Disqus. - guruvan (Rob Nelson)
@Robert actually JS-Kit has the most users/pages - Also wait until our meeting next week and we will show you some interesting stuff ;) - Chris Saad
Chris: can I add JS-Kit after going with Disqus? - Robert Scoble
Chris: I don't care which one has the most mainstream users. I care which one has the most respect amongst friendfeed users. - Robert Scoble
JS-Kit loads on the Cheezburger network, that doesn't necessarily equate to more active participants - Daniel J. Pritchett from IM
Robert. Disqus is the way to go! they have the best customer service I've ever seen. try it for yourself. they're incredibly fast and very reliable. - Adam Jackson
Backtype, non-third party, keeping main comment structure, pulls in comments directly on the page itself (as do others but a lot less messy) and easier to integrate. :-) My two cents! - Maria Reyes-McDavis
@Robert JS-Kit connects you to more users via OpenID, Yahoo, Google Friend Connect, Twitter, Facebook and others coming. Some other things coming that we can discuss next week. U can switch from Disqus to JS-Kit after the fact, yes. - Chris Saad
I second Chris Saad on JS-Kit. This is a pretty helpful thread as I was looking for feedback about what comments engine we use. thanks for posting this - Sardar Mohkim Khan
Chris: is there integration between js-kit & FriendFeed? - guruvan (Rob Nelson)
@Guruvan there is no explicit friendfeed connect yet - but when we do it it will be very slick - Chris Saad
My vote goes to Disqus. - Alexander Grundner
Still using DISQUS, but find that it has a very awkward integration with WP. I can't seem to log on through the WP frame. Trying ID next. - Bill Sanders
Chris Saad: Do you have any timeframe for a FF connect? This is my big interest as I grow my blog - 2 way integration between comments here and on the blog. Between that and the commenter's ability to have an archive (and reblog) or their own comments. (I guess I'm not big enough to worry about spam yet!) - guruvan (Rob Nelson)
Robert: don't count IntenseDebate out just yet. As part of Automattic we can offer tighter integrations with WordPress, Akismet, Gravatar, and PollDaddy (among other future projects). In addition to our FriendFeed, Twitter, and Facebook Connect (beta) integrations, we've also opened up our code for developers to create their own plugins. You can check out IntenseDebate in action here - - where we've got several of our plugins enabled. I'm happy to answer any questions. - Michael
Michael: Can we see the beta integrations somewhere? Especially the FF integration... - guruvan (Rob Nelson)
Disqus please - Jadito
All blog comments should be posted on the friendfeed thread for that blog post and vice-versa. So all commenters on your blog should be authenticated on friendfeed (also can use Google, Facebook, Twitter authentification). - Charbax
There is a wordpress plugin for Google FriendConnect to manage Open Social authenticated comments which I am experimenting with.. - Charbax
guruvan (Rob Nelson): Here's some info from our blog about our FF integration Facebook Connect is the only integration that's in beta and it's up and running on our blog as well. It will be out of beta in the coming weeks. - Michael
Michael: so am I to understand from that blog entry, that the FriendFeed comments are one-way? i.e. Pulling comments from FF into the blog. What I would like to see is the commentary go both ways (I, of course don't know how feasible this really is ATM). It would be nice if all the comments in ID were associated with the original posting on FF. then the comments could come from either source, and the comment feed to FF would be all in one thread here. That said the whole system looks very cool. - guruvan (Rob Nelson)
I like Disqus, but doesn't generate ANY additional conversation on my blog and has downtime. - Jason Nunnelley
guruvan (Rob Nelson): not yet, but that's the plan for the future. No ETA right now though. You can also pull your own IntenseDebate comment stream into FF. Thanks by the way for the kind words! - Michael
Bill: Facebook? What are you doing there? - guruvan (Rob Nelson)
Disqus is the best. BackType Connect is interesting as well. - Louis Gray
Facebook Connect, et al for auth, and integrate w/ internal (asymmetric) storage of comments. - Jason Nunnelley
Use Disqus, it comes with Facebook connect. - Jan Ole Peek
Disqus. - Rahsheen
Scoble, if you don't go with Disqus now, I swear to god... - Tyler Hayes
Disqus is so slick. I'd go that route. Cheers. - Aaron Salmon
please. the disqus login is just fine for those of us who comment on blogs that use it. - guruvan (Rob Nelson)
I've used and enjoyed Disqus now for several months. That's my pick. - Mike Lewis
can friendfeed be enabled to be a commenting system for your blog? - Tim Connors
Tim, you mean like a FF Connect? (like Facebook, Google, and Twitter) - Tyler Hayes
Tim: FriendFeed is used for commenting on Shey's blog (this is pretty slick IMO) - guruvan (Rob Nelson)
Rob: I do like that. Tyler: yes like facebook connect but not tied to just one social media service. - Tim Connors
Tim, if it's like Facebook Connect but just for FriendFeed, how is it not tied to just one soc. med. service? I'm assuming you just mean it as another way for people to post comments, rather than only having the imported FF comments to your blog serve as comments (as then all commentators would have to be registered on FF). - Tyler Hayes
good question. i was thinking since FF allows users to plug in to many social nets, if the comment is made from within FF or from within a FF widget on Robert's blog, seems he gets maximum distribution... and maximum chance the conversation is mostly available in one thread. and future proofing for when goog/yahoo/msft launch their newsfeeds/streams. and if the links on twitter and facebook back to the conversation are to his blog vs FF, Robert gets lots of monetizable pageviews there. - Tim Connors
I think the best way to go is to use a FriendFeed plugin through WordPress. This way, you can keep an accurate track of your site's visitors, since all of your comments will be made from the site itself or from FriendFeed. - Thomas Ward
You already made your mind, but i'm going to cast my vote on disqus too. They do an amazing job, WP should come with it as default commenting system. - Diego Sana
FriendFeed. - Thomas Hawk
I like Disqus - Karoli
Disqus ... still getting better. Excellent spam filter. Turn key-integration .... plus another 'community' - Charlie Anzman
I loves Intense Debate - Very helpful guys if you should encounter any Probs. - Brent - Yes I am
I like Disqus for selfish reasons. My Disqus comments to your blog end up not only in your blog, but in my FriendFeed, making them easier to find and share. Wordpress comments stay in Wordpress and are harder to find outside of the original context - some people like that, but I don't. - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft: If you want to import your Wordpress comments as well, check out -- we're a service you can add to your FF account - CG
Disqus is my choice. I already enabled it on my blog. It would be easy for me to comment in your if you enable DISQUS! - Krishnamoorthy
disqus, it's really great, i used it on my tumblr blog for a lot of time, i think i'll use that too on my blog, to replace intense debate - Ivana
Both disqus and Intense Debate can be a bit frustrating from a user perspective, logging in was at times an extra step, then the posting delay caused me to post duplicate comments which is a time waster. Is there that much of an advantage to using either is them? - Albert Maruggi
I log into disqus once per browser session, and post on all disqus powered blogs. how is that an extra step? it's less steps. further, if the blog owner sets up the facebook connect for the disqus, it's a single click login. and this is harder than typeing in my name address and web address how? - guruvan (Rob Nelson)
I am about to relaunch my blog and completing a comment migration to Disqus, but now realize that it was a trade-off. Comment security and centralized control versus a loss of some control and a weaker SPAM protection engine. Thanks for suggesting some other tools. - Keith Barrett
I would suggest JS - Kit ... - Dinesh Mohan Raturi
I like Disqus but I think Backtype is doing a better job picking up on mentions distributed across the social Web. - Paul Jacobson
Disqus seems to be most robust and the beset choice. It does have a performance impact though (but that is true for other commenting systems also). I would suggest to test loadtime behaviour with e.g. or with YSlow on a test system before adding to your production blog. - Jeroen De Miranda
DIsqus +1 works nicely with friendfeed. And easy way of having overview over all your discussions across the web. -
Robert: Disqus is innovating fast: added Twitter Sign In today: - mashable
now that's something! as much as I'm not a big fan of having twitter represent my identity, I'm definitely a fan of other people having that option to login here and on my blog ;) - guruvan (Rob Nelson)
Intense Debate works for me, but I've used the other engines, and they're fine too. comes down to personal taste. The few times I've had problems with ID, staff was very responsive via GetSatisfaction. - .LAG liked that
LAG: That's the first (concrete) positive thing I've seen posted about Getsatisfaction. Thanks - guruvan (Rob Nelson)
Are you still using WordPress? Is their built in commenting engine totally out of the question? I enjoy the new comment replies. - James Poling
You should have said "Disqus here"! Ha. That's the service I dig. - Michael Kaiser
guruvan: cool. I see the potential in GetSatisfaction. it's not perfect, but it makes a lot of sense. More social media companies should use it. - .LAG liked that
dunno - sofarsoShawn
Not looking at JS-Kit? Seriously, though, I'd just cover Google Friend Connect, FB Connect, and maybe Twitter. Between those, you'll have all of your bases covered. There's no point in choosing a walled garden unless it already has a critical mass of users. - Steve Lynch from twhirl
Hi...Only one comment to the best! What do u think about this: - Ferdy
Disqus and IntenseDebate nearly have all the same features. The one thing I know that Intense Debate doesn't have is Facebook Connect or Twitter sign-in abilities yet. - Kevin Eklund
Tried Disqus and tossed it out ... I don't use my blog much, but find js-kit products are solid and do what's advertised .... Commenting with FF is solid and just plain works! - David HC Soul from BuddyFeed
Thanks for all these helpful thoughts. :-) - Martin Seibert
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