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  • Commenting Platform Disqus Introduces Sponsored Comments

    Commenting Platform Disqus Introduces Sponsored Comments

    Disqus, which says it powers the comment sections on almost 3 million websites, is announcing a new type of ad unit today — a Sponsored Comment. Since Disqus already runs ads through its Promoted Discovery program, the idea of a Sponsored Comment seems like a pretty natural fit. However, in a company blog post, General Manager David Fleck said this actually stems from the launch of… Read More

  • Disqus AudienceSync Allows Users To Share Their Disqus Data With Publishers

    Disqus AudienceSync Allows Users To Share Their Disqus Data With Publishers

    Disqus is launching a new feature today that the company says will help publishers get more value from everyone commenting on their site. The company already offers something called Disqus Single Sign-On, where users who are registered on a given site can sign into the Disqus commenting system automatically. A company blog post describes AudeinceSync as the “flip side” of that… Read More

  • Iterations: The Diamond Is In The Comments

    Iterations: The Diamond Is In The Comments

    People often ask me some variant of this question: “What’s a startup out there that will be a great investment hit but no one really thinks of that way yet?” There are many possible answers, but I’ll focus this week’s column on one: Disqus. Now, there are many smart folks who believe online comments are either dead or worthless, and they have some valid points. Read More

  • Sentry, The (Now Profitable) Bug Tracker Used By Disqus, Pinterest, Rdio, Path & More, Gets A Huge Makeover

    Sentry, The (Now Profitable) Bug Tracker Used By Disqus, Pinterest, Rdio, Path & More, Gets A Huge Makeover

    In the wake of Twitter’s acquisition of crash-reporting tool Crashlytics, there’s been a renewed interest in and awareness of the bug tracking space. Sentry, a year-old service which also tracks application errors in web and mobile apps, is poised to take advantage of that interest, and is today debuting a redesigned version of its hosted platform, which now includes more… Read More

  • Disqus Says 10,000 Publishers Have Signed Up For Its ‘Promoted Discovery’ Ad Program

    Disqus Says 10,000 Publishers Have Signed Up For Its ‘Promoted Discovery’ Ad Program

    Over the past couple of months, commenting service Disqus has been rolling out an advertising program that it calls Promoted Discovery with relatively little fanfare (or at least without much outreach to the tech press). Now it’s ready to talk about some of the initial results. The ad program takes advantage of the new article discovery feature that Disqus launched over the summer… Read More

  • Disqus Brings @Mentions To Comment Threads

    Disqus Brings @Mentions To Comment Threads


    Popular commenting platform Disqus, which recently raised $10 million from North Bridge Venture Partners and Union Square Ventures, is adding support for a feature that’s both nifty and familiar: mentions within comments. It may not sound particularly sexy, but it could actually help foster better discussions in comment threads (more on that in a bit). If you’ve ever mentioned… Read More

  • Facebook Comments: What’s Easy Isn’t Always Right

    Facebook Comments: What’s Easy Isn’t Always Right

    Editor’s note: Jordan Kretchmer is the founder of Livefyre, a realtime commenting and conversation platform for publishers and online communities.  He doesn’t think much of Facebook comments. In this guest post, he explains why. I’m not gonna lie, I hate Facebook Comments. It’s not just because it competes with my company’s product (though I’m sure that… Read More

  • Facebook Comments Have Silenced The Trolls — But Is It Too Quiet?

    Facebook Comments Have Silenced The Trolls — But Is It Too Quiet?

    As you’ve noticed by now, we’re about a week into our latest experiment in troll-slaying with Facebook Comments. So far, the reactions have been very mixed and very interesting. Publicly, many of the reactions were initially negative. But that has been shifting as time has gone on. Privately, most of the reactions have been positive. But not all of them. We appreciate the… Read More

  • With Facebook Comments, Twitter And Google Login Flew The Coop

    With Facebook Comments, Twitter And Google Login Flew The Coop

    Given that it’s an identity that 600 million people around the world already use, the push by Facebook into the publisher comment space is undoubtedly going to be a very, very strong one. And the fact that Yahoo is on board with the launch magnifies that strength. But it could have been even stronger. Facebook originally planned to use Twitter and Google logins for the commenting system… Read More

  • Facebook Has Been Refining Their Troll-Slaying Comment System For Months; Finally Ready To Roll?

    Facebook Has Been Refining Their Troll-Slaying Comment System For Months; Finally Ready To Roll?

    Back in October of last year, news started to trickle out that Facebook was completely revamping their commenting system plugin. The very thought had to send a chill down the spine of commenting startups like Disqus, Echo, and Livefyre. In a statement to us at the time, Facebook confirmed the upgrades, and vaguely said, “we’ll have more to share in the coming weeks.” Well… Read More

  • Now You Can Follow Other Commenters On Disqus

    Now You Can Follow Other Commenters On Disqus

    Popular commenting platform Disqus is adding a big upgrade to its central dashboard today that makes the service feel much more like a social network — sort of like a Twitter for comments. For those who haven’t used Disqus, the service lets you create one profile for all of your comments across any of the hundreds of thousands of sites that support it (we use it on TechCrunch). … Read More

  • Now Over 200 Million Users A Month, Disqus Gets A New Look, Premium Add-Ons, New API

    Now Over 200 Million Users A Month, Disqus Gets A New Look, Premium Add-Ons, New API

    First, the numbers. The Disqus commenting system (which we use on TechCrunch) is now reaching over 200 million people a month, according to their Quantcast data. That means it took them only about 6 months to double traffic. And by that measurement, it makes them the fourth largest U.S. network, with over 95 million of those users based in this country. There are now 500,000 communities… Read More

  • Facebook Confirms They're Testing Big Commenting Upgrades; Says More Info Soon

    Facebook Confirms They're Testing Big Commenting Upgrades; Says More Info Soon

    Late last night, the blog All Facebook noticed that Facebook had significantly updated their Comments social plugin. Facebook hadn’t announced the changes, but there they were. And sure enough, today they’ve confirmed that they are testing out some significant updates on their own blogs, and promises that they’ll have more to share shortly. Here’s Facebook’s… Read More

  • Kill Trolls On The Go With The Disqus Mobile Moderator Apps

    Kill Trolls On The Go With The Disqus Mobile Moderator Apps

    One thing I love about Disqus is their mobile commenting abilities. Traditionally, commenting on mobile devices has been awful, but Disqus makes it pretty on the small screen. That said, it’s still a pain to moderate Disqus comments while on the go. So Disqus has a new product to take care of that. The commenting start-up (which we use here at TechCrunch) is releasing a set of mobile… Read More

  • Disqus Analytics Will Give Us More Insight Into Our Audience — Even The Trolls

    Disqus Analytics Will Give Us More Insight Into Our Audience — Even The Trolls

    No matter the size of your website, commenters tend to be a smaller subset of your audience. But they’re also often among your most loyal readers who are the most engaged. Wouldn’t it be great to know something about those people? That’s what Disqus is trying to nail with a new Analytics offering. While it’s still in its early stages, the key to Disqus Analytics is… Read More

  • It's Time To Disqus Our Community

    It's Time To Disqus Our Community

    Perhaps you’ve noticed that a couple days ago we flipped the switch to enable the shiny new commenting system here on TechCrunch powered by Disqus. So far, the feedback has been very, very positive — and we’re pleased with how well it’s performing. But Disqus is just one step of what we need to do. As many of you are well aware, the commenting situation on TechCrunch… Read More

  • Disqus Rolls Out Improved Global Profiles, Community Box, And More

    Disqus Rolls Out Improved Global Profiles, Community Box, And More

    Online comment platform Disqus, which lets you use a single profile across some 500,000 sites across the web, is launching some key new social features today. The first change concerns Disqus’s global user profiles, which let you get an at-a-glance view of a user’s recent comments. These are good for figuring out who someone is and to gauge the quality of their contributions… Read More

  • Livefyre Aims To Put Out The Comment Troll Problem; Gets Funding To Do So

    Livefyre Aims To Put Out The Comment Troll Problem; Gets Funding To Do So

    Commenting on the web is broken. Visit just about any site large enough on the Internet and you’ll notice it. Sure, there are useful comments every once in a while, but there are more comments that are either jokes, stupid, or just downright cruel. Considering the web is supposed to be this great medium for interaction, this is a problem. It’s one LiveFyre now thinks they can… Read More

  • Disqus Forks Into Two Products, Launches Revamped Real-Time Comment System

    Disqus Forks Into Two Products, Launches Revamped Real-Time Comment System

    Only a month after rival comment system JS-Kit launched Echo, a real-time comment system, Disqus is striking back with its biggest upgrade since the service launched. Along with a revamped comment system, Disqus 3.0 is also what CEO Daniel Ha calls a “conceptual reconstruction” for the service: Disqus will now be split into two separate but complimentary products, called Comments… Read More

  • Soon, All Your Blog Comments Will Belong To Facebook (Or Google)

    Soon, All Your Blog Comments Will Belong To Facebook (Or Google)

    There are way too many comment login systems out there. Each blogging platform (WordPress, Typepad, Blogger) has its own login system, then there are the cross-platform commenting systems like Disqus and JS-KIT. But many of these will soon give way to Facebook Connect and Google’s Friend Connect. I am talking about just the ID people use to login, not the commenting systems themselves. Read More