• Comment Consolidation: JS-Kit Acquires SezWho

    JS-Kit, a company that offers an array of Javascript-based commenting, polling, and ratings widgets, is acquiring the assets of SezWho, a competing enhanced comment system. JS-Kit will continue to keep SezWho’s service running for the next 30 days, during which users will be offered a choice of moving over to JS-Kit or choosing an alternative system. SezWho offered a universal… Read More

  • SezWho Gets Chatty With Instablogs, Releases Upgrade

    SezWho, a comment enhancement plugin, has launched a new release that incorporates a number of new features, and also also announced a partnership with citizen journalist portal Instablogs. One of the knocks against some other enhanced comment sites is that they store comments away from the originating blog, which could lead to trouble should the blog ever stop using that service (though… Read More

  • SezWho Seeks Context With An Acquisition

    Call it a mini-merger. SezWho, which tracks the reputations of commenters across the blogs and other discussion platforms that have installed its plugin, has acquired a startup called Tejit that specializes in contextual analysis. SezWho tries to establish reputations for people based on their areas of expertise. So if you make insightful comments on a sports-focused blog, your reputation… Read More

  • SezWho 2.0: Now Available For More Platforms

    Version 2.0 of SezWho, a blogging plugin that tracks commenter reputations, has been launched with wider support for blogging platforms and forums. SezWho can now be used on Blogger, Drupal, WordPress 2.5, and phpBB. SezWho is also releasing a developer toolkit with APIs that 3rd party developers can use to make the software work on even more discussion platforms. Other new features include… Read More

  • Disqus Picks Up A Half-Million Dollars From Fred Wilson And Angels

    The blog commenting system Disqus picked up $500,000 in a series A by Union Square Ventures (Fred Wilson), Naval Ravikant, Howard Lindzon, Aydin Senkut. Union Square’s investment isn’t all too surprising considering how Fred Wilson has raved about the service. Including Wilson’s own blog, Disqus is currently used on over 4,000 blogs with nearly 60,000 commenters. The… Read More

  • SezWho Partners with BlogCatalog for Distribution of Comment Reputation System

    SezWho has teamed up with BlogCatalog, a social network of sorts for bloggers, to distribute its comment reputation system to BlogCatalog members. BlogCatalog will provide a special version of the SezWho plugin that harnesses the data already stored in BlogCatalog user profiles to generate profiles for SezWho. While the plugin will be offered to all BlogCatalog users, SezWho participation will… Read More

  • Big Bucks For Better Comments; SezWho Raises $1 Million

    Hot on the heels of the launches of Disqus and Intense Debate, commenting reputation system SezWho has raised a $1 million series A round from KPG Ventures and upgraded their offering. The investment makes SezWho the best funded of the small group of startups currently trying to improve community for commentors. Considering how enhanced commenting somehow became a more competitive space… Read More

  • Intense Debate's Commenting System Out Of Beta And Very Open

    The battle over blog comments is heating up even more with TechStar’s Intense Debate coming out of beta along with Disqus today. While we covered the service’s private beta previously, stepping out of beta is more than just opening up their sign ups. They’re opening up their entire commenting system as well. The new version will feature several enhancements to help… Read More

  • Disqus Joins The Battle For Your Blog's Comments

    Blogs, at their best, are like finely tuned forums. Authors serve as moderators, starting discussion threads with posts. Some get particularly heated. But after two months of tuning in beta, Y Combinator’s Disqus is launching to make the forum comparison concrete. It looks like a great addition to heavily trafficked blogs thinking of enhancing their comment system. Disqus is a… Read More