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September 14, 2009

JS-Kit Echo: The Good and Bad

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In late August, shortly after comment hosting companyJS-Kit announced the public launch of their Echo service, I forked over my credit card and paid $12 for one year’s worth of service.

With commenting becoming more and more fragmented, taking place increasingly on sites like Twitter and FriendFeed, Echo appeared to be an interesting way to unify all of these references and create one giant world-wide conversation out of the feedback. Though JS-Kit said that that ECHO would be “death to commenting” they had found a seemingly innovative way to keep the conversation alive.

The idea seemed simple and powerful and, with the 30-day money-back guarantee, it also seemed to be worth a shot. However, as I jumped into the system, I found it to be more of a mixed bag, a strange combination of really great features and big ideas but also of frustrations and headaches.

Though there is clearly a lot of potential for ECHO, there’s also a lot that needs fixing. There’s no doubt they have a good thing going, but the devil truly is in the details. read more

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August 26, 2009

Disqus Version 3 Launches, Major ‘Real-Time’ Upgrade

DisqusThe comment system Disqus has finally launched it much prehyped V3 release. With the release of the new Disqus, the externally hosted comment system follows Echo, the recently launched JS-Kit platform, on the heels and joins the ‘real-time web’.
Before we tell you that Disqus joined the Vanity URL bandwagon, it needs to be known that the company has split their product up into two different sections: one for comementers and one for publishers. read more

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August 19, 2009

Disqus 3 Teaser Video

Thanks for everyone that sent this in, from the Disqus 3 teaser site, embedded below for your viewing pleasure:

Disqus is obviously one of those comment hosts that can take care of your site’s comments. A lot of sites swear by it, and we are considering switching to it here on the Blog Herald as well.

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May 6, 2009

Disqus Adds Twitter Login, Mini-Profiles

DisqusDisqus is a hosted comments solution, a popular one at that. What it does is that it replaces the comment functionality on your blog (or site for that matter) with a hosted one, which means that people can sign in with one username, and you get a lot of cool features without having to mess with plugins or code on your own.

The Mini-Profiles is pretty cool, but the killer feature is the Twitter sign in, available thanks to the new OAuth support (for you techies). Not only can you sign in with Twitter, you can also synch your commenting with your tweets, which is cool. Check out the Disqus blog post for more, or try it out yourself on any of these blogs.

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March 6, 2009

IntenseDebate Add Plugin Support

This is actually pretty cool, and could be the one killer feature that would make me swap to IntenseDebate. As you probably know, IntenseDebate is a hosted comment manager for your site, just like Disqus.

And now they’ve added plugin support, with a bunch of them available already. Like instant YouTube embedding and Seesmic video commenting support. Check out the launch post, the ReadWriteWeb coverage, Techmeme coverage, and the intro video below:

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August 21, 2008

MyBlogLog Adds Disqus and Intense Debate Support

If you are one of those not hosting your own comments, but using either Disqus or Intense Debate, you’ll be happy to know that MyBlogLog is adding support for these two services. Personally, I’m not a fan of either of these services, but a lot of people are, like Fred Wilson on Disqus for instance.

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May 14, 2008

Disqus and Seesmic Team Up To Offer Video Comments

The startup Seesmic provides a video comment service to blogs, through installation of a WordPress plugin. Any reader with a microphone enabled webcam can then leave comments in video form.

Seesmic has been working with Disqus, a blog commenting service (previously covered by the Blog Herald here and here) to provide video comments to Disqus-enabled blogs. Now, bloggers using Disqus can easily activate Seesmic video comments through just one setting.

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May 10, 2008

3 Reasons to Use Disqus

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The Disqus blog commenting service is catching on – with many popular blogs such as Scripting News signing on to use the service.

VC Fred Wilson talks about three reasons to use Disqus in a recent post:

2a) Email Replies – Disqus emails every comment to the blogger. If the blogger wants to reply to the comment, he/she simply replies to the email and it is posted as a reply (with the indent described above). This feature, which I requested the day I met/saw Disqus for the first time, is the single best thing about Disqus and has transformed my blog comments because I can now participate in them in real time throughout the day as the conversation develops. This is a BIG DEAL.

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