Ahhhhh – blog comments. Aren’t they magical? I don’t know about you, but they make me feel so loved! It’s one of the ways I gauge my posts and my blogging – did you like my post? Did you find it engaging? Should I write more like that? Etc…
But another question that’s been on my mind lately is:
Am I making it easy for my readers to comment?
I’ve heard that commenting on blogs in general (not just mine) has dopped significantly over the past year. Is this because we’re engaging more on Twitter? or Facebook? Or is the comment system on blogs simply too cumbersome to bother commenting?
With this in mind, I recently made the leap from the built-in WordPress commenting system:
I decided to do this because Livefyre offers social sign-in, allowing you to sign-in to comment via your Google, Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn accounts, allowing you to jump right into the conversation in a matter of seconds. I felt this would make it less cumbersome for you to leave comments because you no longer have to fill in the form with your name, email and blog address.
In addition, Livefyre has some really intriguing features that I wanted to try out first hand here on Fitness Cheerleader.
- Live comment streaming.
Communities can interact in a real-time environment
- Conversation following.
Visitors can stay connected to the conversation even after leaving the page – they can receive either individual email notifications of replies, or a digest of replies.
- Live listener count.
Site visitors can see how many other community members are “listening” and participating in the conversation.
- Comment voting and user ratings.
Voting rewards commenters for awesome comments and conversation.
- Comment sharing.
With two clicks of the mouse, any comment can be posted to the social network of your choosing for all of your friends to see.
- Friend tagging.
Users the power to bring their entire social network directly to your content. By simply typing the “@” symbol in a comment, users open a list of their entire Facebook and Twitter network, allowing them to mention and invite any of their friends to join in on the conversation.
Overall, from a blog administrator’s perspective, I *like* Livefyre. It was REALLY easy to implement (ridiculously easy) and replying to comments is simple. I was really impressed with how it imported comments left on my posts on my Facebook Fan page, right to Fitness Cheerleader:
That said, there are a few features I had set up on Fitness Cheerleader that Livefyre doesn’t support:
- Comment re-direction
I had a wordpress plugin that re-directed visitors who made their fist time ever comment to a special “Thank you” page. I had set up the page to also give visitors an overview of my site, high-lighting some of my best posts, and had a newsletter sign-up available.
- Customized comment reply notification
While Livefyre does have comment reply notification, you can’t customize it. I previously had a WordPress plugin installed that allowed me to include links to subscribe to Fitness Cheerleader, and a thank you for visiting message in the reply email.
Now it’s you turn…
Could you test out the Livefyre comment system below and let me know what YOU think?
- How is the user experience?
- Is it easy to leave a comment?
- Would you, or have you tried Livefyre on your blog?