Disqus: Discuss

I’m trying out a new commenting system for a little while. Disqus is an external commenting system, but before you start screaming, it’s not another Haloscan. Disqus actually integrates pretty well with blog entries but what it promises is to free comments from the pages they’re on and weave them into a fuller conversation. I’ve been frustrated trying to follow all the places I’ve made comments to try to keep contributing to those conversations, and perhaps a solution like Disqus can help. On their site, each commenter has a dedicated Dashboard where I can see all comments made on my blog(s) and all comments I’ve made. I’ve only had this thing installed for an hour so obviously I can’t say how I like it in practice, but I hope you’ll jump in here and comment so I can see how it works. Do you have any experience with Disqus? What do you think of the current state of blog comment systems? Do they meet your needs?

5 thoughts on “Disqus: Discuss”

  1. Hi, I'm relatively new to the blogosphere. Could you be a bit more specific about how Disqus is supposed to work and how that might be helpful to me? In using social media to create a conversation I've tried using a wiki, but found my target audience wasn't technological there. In the end, my blog, where I originally started discussing my efforts to create a conversation, is where the conversation flowed. I say this because I too felt the limitations of the comment aspect of my blog – I just didn't seek out a solution.

  2. Well, Paul, I'm still waiting for Disqus in general, and my blog comment threads in particular, to reach “critical mass.” it's hard to say whether this will be useful unless it's adopted by everyone who's blog I want to comment on regularly. But I'm happy to experiment with it a bit.

    Since I'm not affiliated with Disqus in any way, perhaps Daniel Ha could jump in and answer your questions? I'm sure you could follow the link from his comment here and post on his own site or something like that.

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