Comment Systems Face Off! LiveFyre Vs DisqUs
I never cared for WordPress’ native comment system.
Some people are able to customize it, tweak it, make it look good, but even then it fails on one important point.
In order for people to comment using WordPress comment system they have to have a WordPress account.
Sure, bloggers have these, but non-bloggers don’t. And they don’t want to create one, either. So it comes down that old chestnut. Who is your audience? Bloggers or people?
What comment system is best then?
I’ve used DisqUs from the get-go here on DIYB. I love it.
I think it has a lot of strong points which are missing from the native WordPress comment system.
- Ability to authenticate using Twitter, Facebook, etc.
- Ability to post from within the comment to Twitter or Facebook.
- DisqUs has “Reactions”. Which are tweets that look like little comment snippets with people’s face on them. I like this for 2 reasons. One, people LOVE people’s faces. And two, those little tweet-snippets look like comments, which makes the blog look more “alive”.
And finally, the look and feel of DisqUs integrates nicely into your existing blog theme.
You end up having a really nice looking comment system with basically zero effort. My kinda system.
I love the guys from LiveFyre.
Their system has a very cool feature that enables live conversations. Which means that you get a little note letting you know someone else has commented on the page. This happens without needing to manually refresh the page. Nice.
They also enable visitors to authenticate using Twitter, Facebook, etc.
LiveFyre is able to send comments to Twitter and Facebook, but the formatting is little different from DisqUs.
I’m using LiveFyre at the moment not because I like it better but because the barely perceptible difference between DisqUs and LiveFyre doesn’t warrant me switching back to DisqUs.
Plus I hope LiveFyre guys will add new cool features that will floor me.
Facebook Comment System
I really love the idea of Facebook Comment System plugin.
When people on your blog leave a comment it’s “fed” to their Facebook wall. Or if you publish your post to Facebook, people on Facebook leaving a comment will be visible to your blog audience.
The AC/DC nature of the Facebook Comment plugin is really, really cool.
Having said that, it’s missing multiple authentication options. Tho, since it’s Facebook one could argue those aren’t even necessary.
It can’t tweet the comments, and it looks very Facebook branded. Both points are a minus in my mind.
Comment System X
What would the perfect comment system look like?
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and I figured I’d share few thoughts on this, in hopes that you will share your thoughts on the topic as well.
The perfect Comment System would have the following:
- Multiple authentication options a la DisqUs and LiveFyre
- Ability to send comment to Twitter and Facebook the way DisqUs does it.
- Ability to integrate “Reactions” the way DisqUs does.
- Ability to accept comments from Facebook AND send to Facebook as well, the way Facebook comment system allows us to do
- It must be searchable and indexable the way LiveFyre is.
- Ability to display trackbacks.
- Ability to choose whether commenters will get dofollow or nofollow, the way WordPress comment system is able to do.
- Ability to integrate with YouTube so that when you post a video and embed it on your site, the comments from YouTube are fed to your blog and vice versa. Genki plugin does this, but it would be nice to see in a comment system.
- Reddit or Delicious type site integrated with the comment system that sorts posts based on category and ranks them based on activity. The idea being is for the makers of the comment system to develop a thriving community of commenters.
- Ability to connect comments from two blog posts on two different blogs.
Why have a comment system that can span multiple blogs?
Imagine you do a video interview with someone and both of you embed the video on your respective blogs. Visitors will be commenting on the same content, why not cross-feed comments to both blog posts? Or if you decide to do a same topic with bunch of people and 10 of you publish a post with the same title covering the same topic from different perspectives. It would be nice to be able to connect all 10 blog posts and enable conversations across many posts.
I think the next best comment system will have to be collaborative beyond the blog on which it’s installed.
I know some of my suggestions are hard to implement but other should be fairly easy.
I would love to hear from you.
- What features you’re missing in your current comment system?
- If you had your druthers, what would the perfect comment system look like?