For a while now I’ve been contemplating on switching from the default Blogger comments over to Disqus for comments instead. I’ve done a bit of research and Disqus has it’s ups and downs but with the pros outweighing the cons it sounds like such a great tool to use on your blog/site. I came across a couple of different articles discussing the good and bad of using Disqus. Both are heavily swaying me to make the switch.
Disqus is able to bring a lot of new capabilities to us bloggers. For example, the ability to do threaded replies is a great option to have. This means anyone that wants to can engage anyone else directly, rather than replying to everyone. The threaded replies are indented, making it easy to track sub-discussions. Blogger does not have this option as of yet.
I know personally when I go to a WordPress blog I think the feature where the blogger can actually respond to a comment someone has posted, then in return the person who posted the comment gets a personal response by email in regards to their comment is pretty darn sweet! Blogger should have that feature, but unfortunately they don’t.
The option to thread your comments on Blogger does exist, but there isn’t an option for us to reply to our readers and for them to be notified of this without being difficult. There is an option when you leave a comment on Blogger to Subscribe to comments via email, but then you won’t just be notified on the bloggers response to you, you will also be notified every single time someone posts a comment on that post! Can you say SPAM much?
I wouldn’t deal well with my Blackberry dinging all day long because of constant comment notifications on someone’s blog. Checking and responding to emails at home is enough work in itself, a lot of people like me have their email linked to their Smart phones and seriously having your phone freak out all day long would stress me right out! LOL Out of all my rambling, I just want a better, more organized, more personal way of responding to my readers through comments. Where they actually can receive the response without having to go back to that blog and check for replies. Is that too much to ask?
What are your thoughts on Disqus? Do you like it more than the regular integrated Blogger or WordPress comment form?
EDIT: Due to losing hundreds of comments through Disqus and IntenseDebate, when I transferred my site from Blogger over to WordPress I have reverted back to the original Wordpress commenting system. I no longer recommend using either of these comment platforms because of this.
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