Quick Ways to Intergrate Social Networking Sites with WordPress Comment
For the past few years, internet has became a great place for those who want to expand their networking further and outside the traditional off line ways of networking. It is because there are a lot of new online sites which are solely for networking have been launched.
However, sites like Facebook and Twitter which are recently formed have received massive buzz from online communities. This is because the sites has been developed in such way they can be easily used by others – in terms of software and online sites (through the API – Application Programming Interface).
Due to this factor, Facebook and Twitter especially have been used extensively in 3rd party applications and software and this have created massive buzz and attract millions of users for both sites.
Can we be part of the massive online buzz?
There is good news for us. For those who want to integrate social sites elements extensively into WordPress, there are tools which mostly are free that can help us out.
The tools that I’m going to mention later on will help us to integrate such element into the comment section of our WordPress blog. This will bring more exposure to our WordPress blog as instead of only us who put in effort to attract more visits from the social sites, our readers can also be part of it.
Disqus Comments is a comment system and moderation tool for your site. This service lets you add next-gen community management and social web integrations to any site on any platform especially the WordPress blog.
Disqus will seek out social comments and mentions for you WordPress blog from places such as Twitter, FriendFeed, Digg, and YouTube, then display them with your WordPress comment section and let your readers choose their identity, with Facebook Connect, OpenID, or Twitter Sign-in when they leave a comment.
Rather just depend on your sole effort to promote virally your latest WordPress blog article, Disqus lets your commentators to easily share your article with their friends and fans through their Twitter and Facebook profiles.
Intensedebate is a comment system under Automattic (who also owns WordPress) which will help WordPress bloggers to maintain their comment section and improve the conversations that are happening within the section.
To help the WordPress bloggers to control the comment section, Intensedebate offers truly hardcore moderation options as you can customize your comment settings to moderate by keywords, number of links, commenter email, IP addresses and even blacklist certain commentators that bring ‘mess’ to the section. It also at the same time, give our WordPress blog’s commentators to reward great and helpful commentators through the reputation points and comment voting.
The best element of this service is they integrate IntenseDebate comments with Google Reader and Bloglines so you can read and post comments directly from your RSS reader.
Echo is another commenting system that helps you to integrate in social networking element to your WordPress comment section aside Disqus and Intensedebate.
The great thing about Echo is rather just let the commentators leave the comments, Echo allows the commentators to leave jpeg format image up to 2MB and even YouTube video which will appear in the comment section itself. This is definitely being handy to those who want to bring more ‘colours’ in the comment section.
Echo has also a ‘grab’ feature which allow your readers to post this Navigator on their site, driving traffic back to your site. This will not only bring more traffic to your site but at the same time, it will bring your brand to greater extent and the place where you possibly cannot ‘reach’.
Will it work great for our WordPress blog?
In general, these tools will work great for our WordPress blog especially in the comment section as it will bring more interactivity and quality comments. It will also help us to make the process of promoting our latest blog post to be easier with the help of our blog commentators and show those efforts in the comment section. This helps us to show our appreciation to our commentators and boost their motivation to help us to promote our blog post further.
How about Huzzer Magazine?
As all of you realised, Huzzer Magazine does not used even one of these tools. It is because for me who prefer minimalist concept, the tools are too complicated and does not suit the overall design concept of this site.
For me, the best approach that our WordPress blogs should take on the comment section is to make as simple as it can be and let the process of leaving comment to be swift and clutter free. We do not have to install a lot of tools to prevent spam and help us to promote our latest post.
My commentators have spent their own time to leave great comments in this site and therefore, I have to play my part to make the process as easy as possible and use my time to discard the spam that I constantly get.
If my readers can spend their time; why can’t I? Am I right?
How about you?
Or do you share the same opinion with me – the tools are too complicated and make the comment section to be ‘messy’?
Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in my simple and clean comment section 😉 Hope you love it.