Twitter, Facebook, Blogs: Oh My!!!

My social Network on Flickr, Facebook, Twitter...
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As I play with things on my site occasionally I actually do have a purpose and goal. It may seem random, but I am trying out new things to see what works best for small businesses, non profits and other organizations who I write this site to help as well as those who I advise in a consulting role.

With that I unveil my brand new commenting system. What follows are a few thoughts as to why I am making this switch.

This site had Backtype Connect implemented to pull in Diggs, FriendFeed comments, and any Tweets containing links to a given post. It worked very well, and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a quick and easy social media integration to your comments section.

That being said, when it came time to add Facebook Connect and Twitter OAuth, I have to add TWO MORE plugins. By swapping out WordPress‘ default comment system with Disqus I was able to get Comments, Social Media Comments, Facebook Connect, Twitter OAuth all in one relatively simple plugin.

The transfer process is in the works and we will see how smoothly the previous comments transition over, but for now it looks like I may just be a Disqus man.

So what does this mean for you and your organization?  Well, it seems like Disqus could be a good way to go if you want to encourage social interaction around your content off site.  If your primary goal is to drive traffic to your site only, Backtype Connect may be the way to go.  It really boils down to your objectives for your site.  It seems like both work incredibly well at intregating social media and your site.  

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4 replies on “Twitter, Facebook, Blogs: Oh My!!!”

  1. I've deployed Disqus on a few blogs now. I looked at IntenseDebate, Disqus, and others; ID and Disqus were the most common. There's pros & cons to this approach; using the API route is nice if available, I kinda dislike relying on Javascript-rendered content so heavily.

    But, it's upgraded frequently without me having to do anything, and the social media integration is first rate in both. I went with Disqus in the end because it's more popular (the value of a network can be expressed as the square of the number of participants) and trending upward. ID has nice plugins, but Disqus has done well too.

    1. Hey Allan! Thanks for your thoughts. I haven't seen much by way of social media integration coming from Intense Debate. Always struck me as a tool trying to keep all the convo onsite. Maybe its more recent than last time I used it for anything. I am using the WordPress plugin on this site.

      Understand the apprehension on using too much Javascript. Definitely can be a resource hog. Still am MORE impressed with the amount of social media chatter that BackType Connect brought it, but it has only been a few days now, so maybe it just needs to catch up. We shall see.

  2. I've deployed Disqus on a few blogs now. I looked at IntenseDebate, Disqus, and others; ID and Disqus were the most common. There's pros & cons to this approach; using the API route is nice if available, I kinda dislike relying on Javascript-rendered content so heavily.

    But, it's upgraded frequently without me having to do anything, and the social media integration is first rate in both. I went with Disqus in the end because it's more popular (the value of a network can be expressed as the square of the number of participants) and trending upward. ID has nice plugins, but Disqus has done well too.

  3. Hey Allan! Thanks for your thoughts. I haven't seen much by way of social media integration coming from Intense Debate. Always struck me as a tool trying to keep all the convo onsite. Maybe its more recent than last time I used it for anything. I am using the WordPress plugin on this site.

    Understand the apprehension on using too much Javascript. Definitely can be a resource hog. Still am MORE impressed with the amount of social media chatter that BackType Connect brought it, but it has only been a few days now, so maybe it just needs to catch up. We shall see.

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