- Connect Conversations Across the Web- Sometimes the conversation happens away from your site. That’s OK. Now you can link up with the social web using Reactions, our feature that hooks into results from uberVU and BackType. Seek out social comments and mentions from places such as Twitter, FriendFeed, Digg, and YouTube, then display them with your comments.
- Connect with millions of commenters- millions of active commenters are already recognized by the system. Disqus Comments also lets your readers choose their identity, with Facebook Connect, OpenID, or Twitter Sign-in, when they leave a comment.
- Know your audience- Built-in compatibility with Disqus Profile means that you can encourage verified commenter profiles — real comments from real people. And with global reputation across all sites, you can track influential commenters on and off your site.
For more information, visit http://disqus.com/.
- Comment threading- Improve the conversation within the comment section and reply directly to an individual comment. Indented replies make following various conversations manageable.
- Reply-by-email- Respond to and moderate comments with ease via email, even if you’re on the go. Just because you’re away from your computer doesn’t mean the conversation stops.
- Email Notifications- Commenters receive email alerts when a response to their comment is posted, linking them directly to the response.
- Twitter- Give your commenters the option to send a simultaneous tweet when they post a comment. It’s a great way to let your commenters spread the word about your site and drive new traffic and comments!
For more information on features, visit the features section.
- Comments- All comments added through the “Leave a comment Form” are inserted within the Echo Stream. The Echo stream is displayed in reverse chronological order (most recent at the top)
- Social Networks Aggregation- JS-Kit inserts events in the Echo stream when people mention that blog or page URL somewhere on the web. Events currently tracked include: Tweets, Facebook posts, Delicious bookmarks, Google readers, FriendFeed posts.
- Social Likes- If enabled by the administrator, users can like comments. Unlike normal ‘Likes’ however, we don’t just provide a like count, but rather we show the user’s face and name listed under the comment to encourage engagement.
- Email notification white label- White label email notification. Email notification template can be white labeled.
For a list of more features, visit Echo’s website.
There are many home grown commenting systems that sites such as WordPress, Blogger and Typepad use but these are just standard systems. Assess whether you need such a service on your blog or website. Chances are you should be thinking yes because of the social commenting and aggregation abilities. These systems provide great ways for people to spread the word by comments.
Maybe you want to research the three giants more or explore the commenting systems that are already included with your website or blog subscriptions. Think about what kind of insight you want to glean from your comments and what calls-to-action you want people to take.
Let me know of your experiences with third party commenting sites and other services I may have missed. Please comment and retweet.