Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Plugins For Wordpress That Will Make Comment Platform Social

Have you noticed a decrease in the number of blog comments and you get an increase like Facebook and Twitter tweets about your posts?

Are you concerned that you are losing social proof on the validity of their messages to the social media conversation, and not as a direct comment on your site?

There is a way to get the best of both worlds and added comments and responses of social media in place.

The problem

People are building social media presence, and part of that is the great blog content exchange and their views on these positions. It is more public and gives better results to share on Twitter or Facebook than it is to leave a comment.

Commissioner is the new black at this time. Add links to your own social media conversation adds value to their followers, leaving a comment on a blog that nobody but avid readers will not add any value to your current social media.

Less comments seems to offer fewer social proof that people like your content, but this is not necessarily true. People stil love your stuff, it's just that they are expressing their emotions in different places.

What is the solution?

First solution is to the comments on social media in their school of thought so you can keep all this social proof in one place.

There are a number of plugins that add social media and traditional blog comments into a single stream in place. This message will focus on these supplements, I will focus specifically on WordPress plugins (sorry, Joomla, Drupal and people Tumblr: Some of these pugins work with your platform, but I'm focusing on WordPress today).


This is a comment system hosted in the cloud, which means that your comments are hosted on the platform of Disqus, and by adding a WordPress plugin that can display the comments next to your posts.

Disqus commenting is a complete system that offers a number of social media features, including authentication through its Facebook and Twitter, and the ability of people to add a comment to your message and your profile of social media the election. But most importantly it has a feature of the reactions, to find and add to your current off-site review comments from social media conversations about your message.


IntenseDebate is another organized observation platform brought to you by the people behind Automattic WordPress.

IntenseDebate has something called Social has a comment. Using these, users can log in with your Twitter or Facebook ID, and write comments that are synchronized to the profiles of social media.


LiveFyre other system is fully equipped and organized comment. Note that this is a premium solution with a free option for less than 20,000 page impressions per month.

This plugin has the ability to post the comment on your site and social media platform of choice for users of the site. It also has a clear role that allows them to label their friends social media in your comments.

Check out the options for social media, for more information.
A note on systems housed comment

When hosting your comments on a third party site, you need to export the comments in the car of that service. If you breach the terms and conditions of service, there is the possibility that it could be expelled from the platform and drop your comments.

I have not heard of this happening, but it is a possibility, so think well before you select someone to host part of your site. The same concept I wrote about in my last post here on Problogger when I spoke of losing their e-mail address is protecting the most valuable asset of your blog?.

Reader Comments for WordPress

If you want a solution that replaces your traditional blog commenting system to Facebook only comments, this plugin is for you.

This is a self-hosted solution that replaces traditional blog comments with something like a Facebook wall. People log on to Facebook, leave your comments on Facebook, and are replicated back to your site.

Mentions on Twitter as comments

The final plugin is again a self-organized extension of WordPress. What it does is scan Twitter for mentions of your messages, and pulls the tweets in your stream of opinion as if it were additional comments on your posts.

Other Options

These are just some of the options available to you, there are many others. Check out the accessories under the label of social media in the WordPress plugin repository to see how most are your options.
Comments should be social

Do not worry if you are losing the blog comments to the media. The use of these plugins handy, you can take the conversation from social platforms, and maintain social proof in your blog.

How is it going with your blog comments and social media? Could these plugins be helpful to you?


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