Over the weekend I've installed a new comment system on this blog: Disqus.
I've hesitated about this for a while now but the killer blow came when I discovered last week that users are commenting on Facebook on a client's FB Fan Page instead of using blog comments. I've kind of deduced that users can't be bothered to login with separate details. Hence the switch here: Disqus lets you connect and comment using your Facebook and/or Twitter login.
The other reason I've decided to give Disqus a spin is that it clearly encourages users to tweet comments and publicise them on Facebook.
Finally, I also like the way you can reply to a comment via email and see it automatically posted on the blog. Neat, huh?
I'm not so sure Disqus looks as nice as the CSS styled comments I had running. What's more page load times vary a little bit because of the strain on the Disqus server.
I've noticed a few bugs over the weekend but I'm going to measure if I get more tweets, retweets and Facebook mentions.
The absolute biggest drawback with implementing the Disqus comment feature is that new commentators are no longer directed to my Thanks for Commenting page. I've got so many great responses from people for this page that it almost, nearly almost stopped me switching to Disqus.
But I figure the potential greater exposure on Twitter and Facebook is worth it. Also, Disqus enables users to do more with commenting, making it much easier to search the comments and for the comments to be found out on other platforms. Bottom line, I'm hoping Disqus will enable more people finding my thoughts about online communications.
If you have any thoughts about the switch to a new commenting system please don't hesitate to let me know in the, er, comments!