WordPress.com launches comments via Twitter and Facebook, plans for Jetpack

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Scott Berkun announced today that WordPress.com blogs now allow the validation of comments via Facebook and Twitter accounts. Users can be signed in to multiple accounts and choose which one they would like identified with their comment.

What does this mean for dot org, self hosted users? Today it doesn’t mean much, but according to Automattic’s Michael Adams, the features will “likely” be added to a future version of the Jetpack plugin. Jetpack was released by Automattic a few months ago and brings WordPress.com features to self hosted WordPress users.

By the way, the WordPress.com team gets extra points for their Fight Club reference in their post image (seen above). His name is Robert Paulsen…

How do you choose to let your users comment on your blogs? Are you interested in easily letting your visitors comment using Twitter and Facebook accounts?

11 thoughts on “WordPress.com launches comments via Twitter and Facebook, plans for Jetpack

  1. I’m a Jetpack user and will look forward to this, I haven’t been very happy with Disqus. Just a note, there is a typo above, you said futures when I think you meant features. We need spell checkers that check for misused but correctly spelled words πŸ™‚

  2. Your opening sentence is missing a word…

    “Scott Berkun announced today that WordPress.com blogs now allow the validation of via “

    I’m surprised Automattic is adding this for .com users when they already have a separate product, IntenseDebate, which does exactly this. I’m curious what the motivation is there. Any ideas? Do you think they will kill IntenseDebate soon?

    • Interesting observation and I wouldn’t be surprised if they do whack IntenseDebate. I chose DISQUS after trying IntenseDebate and I don’t know if I even like DISQUS that much. These things are too bloated. Nice simple, lightweight comments is the way to go.

    • This new system stores *all* the comments locally, while IntenseDebate (and DISQUS) store the comments remotely, on their own servers.

  3. Seems only natural, to incorporate the two biggest platforms and let the others die.

    From what I’ve heard, Disqus is the all-singing, all-dancing crap of this world…. and Intense Debate is the toxic waste by-product of God’s creation.

  4. This is epic news. I have never been happy with disqus and the facebook comment system. Never touched Intense Debate to much negative press.
    Only thing I will say is using disqus means pages served are static. Better load times ect

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