Rolled out Disqus for #comments commenting

You know, if you travel in my august circles, you’d already know about Disqus (pronounced “discuss”). It’s the comment service that everyone’s talking about. Yup, that’s right, in my circles everyone talks about blog commenting services. Don’t be jealous.

I’d been reading and seeing how it was the bomb, most recently a post by Fred Wilson. I’d been avoiding it for a few reasons, mostly because I have a lot of comments on the site already and didn’t want to lose them – Disqus doesn’t yet have a way to import your comments, but I’m told that it’s coming. However, they let me know that installing the wordpress plugin lets you configure it to show up only on posts without existing comments and going forward, so in fact, it’s a non-issue. And with that, I took the 2 minutes it takes to install and lo and behold.

The key feature for me is the email replies for commenting. After you comment any replies to you (the comments are threaded now, remember) are sent to you in an email and the magical part is that you can reply by simply replying to that email… you know… in an email! So it really lowers the barrier to keep things moving in the comments. That’s pretty amazing.

For a lot of other people I think the shared profile is the big noise as well. If you verify yourself to Disqus (it takes like 1 minute, just click the “verify” checkbox when you post) you then get a profile on their site and that gets updated whenever you post to another Disqus enabled site. So it’s a central repository for all your commenting. Personally, that’s a nice feature, but wasn’t a maker or breaker for me – although it’s interesting to see people comments flowing into FriendFeed as a result of that.

If you’ll recall I experimented some time ago with CoComment which offered a similar feature. It had the nice effect of duplicating the content so that all posts stayed in the wordpress system as well as showing up on your CoComment profile which was very nice. But, as a feature, I just didn’t care enough about that and it slowed down and complexified the reply box so I removed it.

One big thing I’m not sure about is the loss of comment text to Google that this creates. Since it’s a javascript google won’t index any of the discussion taking place on the site. That’s kind of sad and time will tell on how big an issue this is. Some other questions I have are how I can get comment numbers into the comments link under each post so folks know if there’s some discussion happening (also in my RSS feeds). Lastly would be how it updates the “recent comments” blurb in my right nav. Once, I actually have some comments, I’ll start investigating this, but in the meantime, I’m pretty psyched to have this in place.

UPDATE: Hm… looks like the javascript sets the (x comments) link under each post on the homepage. Wonder if it also works on the RSS feed. That’d be pretty sweet.

UPDATE 2: Oh, as Mathew Ingram mentions another area that I’m bummed about is the loss of Trackbacks. While, it was a major spam vector, it was also an interesting and useful way to help aggregate discussion. Hopefully Disqus works that out soon.

  • aishamurray

    when I learned about disqus, my work is easier now! Seattle Criminal Attorneys

  • Coldid

    I think disqus is easy to use much better than other.

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  • yesapayne

    i love using discuss... more easy to comment :) Affordable Alaska Fishing Lodges

  • Couseed81

    I never heard that before any ways thanks for the info.

    Hunting Alaska

  • Disqus doesn’t yet have a way to import your comments, but I’m told
    that it’s coming. However, they let me know that installing the
    wordpress plugin lets you configure it to show up only on posts without
    existing comments and going forward, so in fact, it’s a non-issue. And
    with that, I took the 2 minutes it takes to install. it's just you - the internet is rejecting you.thanks........................

  • Joaquin, thanks for stopping by. It hadn't happened recently - my CoComment experiment was a few months ago. Right now, though, Disqus has a few killer features that I'm really into - the email management and integration with FriendFeed. I think that's a baseline for me, right now.

  • joaquin

    Hi
    I read your issues with cocomment and slowing down. Has this happened recently? We had some issues but have solved most of them.
    Please contact me by email so I can help you find a solution.
    Tks
    Joaquin

  • The best part is, and I can't stress how awesome this is, your post got flagged by spam as Disqus as well. Apparently, it's just you - the internet is rejecting you.

  • wow! this is like... so much better. i cant even believe it. also, i didnt read most of this post.

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