Why you should outsource comment management

I outsource blog comment management on Steven can plan to Disqus.

Analyzing my own behavior about commenting on blogs, I recommend that you, too, outsource your comments to Disqus or IntenseDebate.

Here’s why: It makes commenting SO MUCH FASTER AND EASIER.

For people registered on Disqus, your login follows you from site to site and you don’t have to input your credentials (blog, email, name) each time. You maintain your profile on Disqus’s website. For people not registered, they can easily connect their Facebook or Twitter account on a per-comment basis. They can elect to use their OpenID provider. Using a profile maintenance service (like Facebook or Twitter) increases the commenter’s credibility, links back to their own web properties while at the same time making commenting SO MUCH FASTER AND EASIER.

Sorry, I haven’t tried IntenseDebate so I can’t compare the two for you, but I can say that the only issues present with Disqus are the rare downtimes. Their WordPress plugin, though, deals with this gracefully, going back to the original WordPress comments system when Disqus is down.

I think LiveJournal works well partly because of the community centered around leaving comments and the way users manage their comments: Most LiveJournal users lock their entries so only other registered users can leave comments.


3 Responses to “Why you should outsource comment management”

  1. 1 Maren Kate January 26, 2010 at 3:09 am

    I also use Discus and yes, it’s so much faster and easier.

  2. 2 Kojack August 21, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    but you not using disqus in this site…
    did you use it in another web site?

    • 3 Steven Vance August 21, 2010 at 3:30 pm

      Disqus cannot be installed on WordPress.com blogs. It can only be installed on self-hosted websites (ones that you pay for).

      Also, I have moved all of the entries from this blog to my own domain, where I did install Disqus. The new blog is here.

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