I’ve written before about my love for Disqus. I’m not an investor – I just love the product.
So now Facebook has a new commenting system. They’ve been around for a while and when they first announced this initiative I knew the day would come when people would start saying, “should I replace Disqus?” I started telling people privately that I thought Google should buy Disqus for the same reasons Facebook wants to own commenting in the first place. Commenting on topical blogs is a form of topical social networking in the same way that Quora is. It’s a highly engaged audience and the content generated from many of the blogs (not all) are highly valuable.
TechCrunch switched from Disqus to Facebook. This had generated a ton of posts both for and against. I’m too busy this week to find all the links for you but a quick Google or TechCrunch search should reveal many.
So should I switch? Me thinks, not. Here’s why:
1. I still heart Disqus
If you use any standard commenting system on your blog or website you’re sub-optimizing engagement. What I get at Disqus (longer explanation in the thread linked in first sentence) is a highly engaged audience that can respond to me or each other in a threaded conversation with real people. Many of the people who post use real names, real pictures and have links back to a website. I think it’s something like 40-50% of all respondents are registered with Disqus. The reality is that I’ve gotten to “know” many people who comment on my blog when they are registered. I see their faces all the time and their names. I often click on a link of somebody new to see who they are.