Automattic has announced that it has acquired IntenseDebate for an undisclosed sum. This should ensure that, in time, the free blog commenting service has the potential to find its way onto both hosted and self-managed WordPress blogs – over four million at present.
According to a CNet article, Automattic’s Matt Mullenweg has said that IntenseDebate software could become the default commenting option on both WordPress.org and WordPress.com, citing email replies and comment rating system as the two of the main reasons for taking on the service.
IntenseDebate features comment threading, reply-by-email, and importing and exporting of comments from and to other systems. It’s already available for other blogging platforms including Movable Type and Blogger.
At present, though, the software has been closed to new sign-ups, while the system is ramped up to deal with many more users.