While we don’t have a lot of commenters here, we have a few who make their voices heard from time to time, which is why I’m posting this.
Andrew and I are considering switching from Discus to Facebook comments. Here’s the rub:
Compared to WordPress comments, Facebook comments require commenters to use their real identities. This would eliminate a large amount of spam that I get and would optimize my time for blog writing as I would not be needing to moderate as much as I do now.
Here’s why we’re thinking about it:
Now when you comment on HowToMakeMyBlog.com, your comment also appears in your Facebook stream with a link back to the post you commented on – this is an extra traffic source for me.
Another benefit would be the hateful comments that get moderated out would likely decrease as people would have to use their real name.
I know most of our commenter use an online nom de plume, so I wanted to check to see if you would stop commenting if we made this switch. I also know at least one of our commenters isn’t on Facebook yet.
So I need your input. Andrew is using it on his blog right now and after commenting there, my comment appeared on my Facebook page, along with a link to his blog. Now over 2800+ people who are my Facebook friends will have that blogpost show up on their Facebook Home page.
That’s a big incentive to make the switch, but if it will cost commenters, I don’t know if it’s really worth it. While we might be able to pick up new commenters, I hate to throw away the ones we have.
So speak up and let us know. Your voice is important to us.