How to Add Social Mentions to Comment Threads on Your Blog
In response to a recent post on blog comments by 3 Geeks and a Law Blog, someone noted that one of the reasons blog posts don’t get as many comments is the conversation has shifted to social networks, Twitter in particular. Facebook, too. Is there an app, he wondered, that brings those conversations to your blog.
Why yes, there is. There are several. Here are a few to consider.
Social – This WordPress plugin is built by the folks at MailChimp. The plugin pulls Twitter and Facebook mentions of blog posts, into your blog’s comments system.
Twitter Mentions as Comments – The title says it all – this WordPress plugin looks for references to your posts on Twitter and inserts the tweets alongside the comments on your blog.
Facebook Comments – Not to be outdone by Twitter plugins, this application integrates Facebook comments with your WordPress blog. So, when you post a link to Facebook and get comments, they’ll show up on your blog. An increasing number of sites are integrating Facebook’s social graph into their comment systems.
Check out, also, the official Facebook plugin for WordPress which includes a Facebook Comments Box social option.
Disqus – This replaces the native commenting system on your blog. You can choose the option to pull social mentions into comment threads on your site. It works on WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, and a host of other platforms. . Many of the top sites use Disqus. And it’s free!
Livefyre – Like Disqus, this application replaces the default commenting system on your blog. Livefyre’s social integration feature captures conversations about your posts on Twitter and Facebook and integrates them with the comments on your blog. Livefyre is known for their rabid fans.
These are just a few of the options available for bringing the conversation on social networks about your posts, to your blog. If you have a favorite that’s not mentioned here, please share in the comments below.
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