While there may be several tools and widgets that could help enhance the interactions and activities for a blog, I decided to focus on my commenting system and just like everyone else, I was skeptic about migrating from the defatul WordPress commenting system to Disqus. Yet, I decided to migrate. I had no regrets for doing so.
While there may be several reasons as to why a blogger should implement Disqus, below are just 3 of the main reasons why I do:
1. Increased Interaction – Disqus allows its users to be notified through email when someone responded to their comments thus helping in continued conversation. It has also enabled tagging or added the @ mentions feature wherein one could easily get notified through Twitter when someone responds to their comments. These easy notification features help both parties become updated as the conversation progress thus increasing interaction in the blog.
2. Easy sharing – Once a reader Likes a post, Disqus automatically provides an option to share the said article through Facebook or Twitter which makes sharing much easier without pressing any other buttons like TweetThis or Share button.
3. Threaded conversation – Along with the @ mentions, Disqus allows commenters to keep track of the responses and not get confused as to who responds to who. With its threaded conversation ability, one can simply respond to a specific comment without causing any confusion.
There are several other reasons out there as to why Disqus may be the best commenting and even a social network/community for 2011 but at the end of the day, what matters is that your specific requirements are met by whatever commenting system or blogging tool you choose to implement.