Basic Guide to Third Party Commenting Systems

Comments are one of the elements that make up the conversation element of social media. How are you harnessing that power? Below are the three superpowers of third party commenting systems! You will probably ask, why can’t I just use the comment systems that are included with the content publishing application/software I already use? 
There is no reason you cannot use standard commenting systems BUT what I love about commenting systems is the connectivity, integration of social media, tracking and monitoring of information and what people are saying and who they are sharing it with. 
Disqus- Disqus (dis·cuss • dĭ-skŭs’) is all about changing the way people think about discussion on the web. We’re big believers in the conversations and communities that form on blogs and other sites. Here are some of the features:
  • 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.
I was using Disqus for this blog but when I changed the template it wiped out the code and I have yet to install it again. However, Disqus is slow loading and I am not sure if I will use this service again. I need to do more research into what system I am going to use.

For more information, visit http://disqus.com/.

Intense Debate- IntenseDebate’s comment system enhances and encourages conversation on your blog or website. Here are some of the features:
  • 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!
Overall, I love the social commenting feature. I love it when my friends can read my comments because I want them to jump in.

For more information on features, visit the features section.

Echo-the next generation commenting system. It’s the way to share your content, and watch the live reaction. You can quickly embed Echo on WordPress, Blogger, or any website and turn your static pages into a real-time stream of diggs, tweets, comments and more. Some of the features include:
  • 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.
What I like most about Echo is the social like system. YouTube seems to be using this feature well and I love using it.

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.

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15 Comments on “Basic Guide to Third Party Commenting Systems”

  1. Car Games
    July 10, 2010 at 9:51 pm #

    I’ve been Googling all day and I still don’t know which system is better for my site; Disqus or Echo? or even maybe Intense Debate.

    • Angelee
      February 24, 2011 at 10:39 am #

      You must have been using Disqus by now. I came across this blog because I’m also trying to compare which comment system is better used. So far, I found favor with Disqus. You would know by checking its stats and easy usage.

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