Friday, May 15, 2009

Disqus All A Twitter, Enhances Twitter Functionality

Twitter Sign-inImage by joedawson via Flickr

Disqus the commenting system that I use for this site, continues to enhance the features available. Recently the service introduced the ability to tweet out comments for commenters with a Disqus Profile and provided mini-profiles which were a much requested feature. Earlier this year they announced Social Media Reactions which finds and displays mentions and comments about your post from other services around the web (e.g. Twitter, FriendFeed, Digg, YouTube).

December Disqus integrated with Facebook Connect providing another form of distribution for blogs/comments by sending activity back to the newsfeed. Now the service has released a new feature for publishers: Twitter Sign-in -
Disqus makes use of Twitter’s OAuth support to securely authenticate without sharing any passwords. Similarly to our support for Facebook Connect, Twitter Sign-in makes it easier and quicker for people to jump into a discussion. To enable Twitter Sign-in, publishers should proceed to Admin/Settings and enable the feature under Options. [Source]
For commenters, just look for the Twitter Sign-in button on sites that have this enabled. If you already have a Disqus Profile, add Twitter in your account/services to be able to tweet comments with every comment. You can also assign a Twitter account to your site’s settings, which will be @included in the tweet that commenters send out from your site. What's frustrating is that the Twitter account for 'JoeBlogs' already exists, and hasn't updated since 3rd October 2008 so - for now anyway - your comments will be sent to @joedawson directly!

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