Let me put this out there – I am a horrible commenter on other peoples blogs. People like Brandon and Jaime pretty much always comment on my blog – and I am SO HORRIBLE about writing back on theirs. Really – I apologize. But the truth is, I probably would comment more on their blogs if they were using Disqus as a commenting system.
Disqus is hands down, the best commenting system available for blogs at the moment. It is what I use, and any blog I set up for other people also automatically get it as part of their install. In fact – Disqus currently supports all the major platforms, so there’s no reason for any blog out there not to use Disqus. (I’m looking at you, Brandon and Jaime.)
Let’s roll over a few of the obvious reasons Disqus is the easiest commenting system for your readers, just as far as commenting goes:
1) It allows you to sign in with twitter, facebook, google + or a random name / email combination.
2) It’s got a very user friendly look and feel to it.
3) It allows you to easily add media, from images to video.
4) It allows you to rate posts with the “starred” feature – built in.
Once a user has commented on your blog, Disqus has additional built in features to enhance the readers / commenters experience:
1) Comments are automatically threaded in Disqus – allowing people to easily follow conversation.
2) Disqus adds a vote up / vote down feature on all comments – which typically would require two plugins.
3) Disqus pulls whatever your gravatar / facebook image / twitter image so you automatically get an avatar.
Those reasons alone would be enough to get me to use Disqus – but then, it just keeps getting better. Disqus also shows you community stats which makes it easy for people to navigate through your site – thus increasing the amount of content they read. By clicking on the “Community” tab:
Disqus also allows you to track people who retweet your content (and show off to other people that you are getting retweeted) on twitter using the “reactions” tab:
Finally – the true reason why I love Disqus so much is the features available to you when you create an account with Disqus. Disqus is a powerful network, and the more blogs that use it, the more blogs you’ll be using Disqus to comment – well – from any blog that uses Disqus, you can get notifications on replies to comments you’ve left on other sites:
Therefore – everyone should use Disqus. Because it would make MY life easier.