Timbo On Tech is now using the Disqus commenting system, making it even easier to take part in the conversation.
You may have noticed that the comments area at the bottom of posts on Timbo On Tech looks a bit different to how it used to be.
That's because I have changed the comment system over from the default Blogger comments to Disqus, a popular third party application.
In this post, I will explain why I made the change and what it means for you, my dear reader.
First of all, don't worry if you have participated here previously.
The full history has been migrated across to Disqus, so your contributions are all safe in the new system.
Don't Leave Me This Way
So why have I changed things over?
The main reason is that while the Blogger comments system works, it is a little restrictive.
From an admin point of view, it is awkward responding to people under the default set-up, as I can only write replies by viewing the live post first.
When I have written replies to people, then sometimes my comment has appeared as though it was a general comment, not a reply to the person I was talking with.
There are other details I won't bore you with, but all in all, it was rather disjointed and not very conducive to a proper conversation.
From a user perspective, it wasn't always clear how to take part and to my mind, was all rather impersonal.
Join The Disqus-sion
With the Disqus tools, it is easier to see where everything is and who has responded to who.
You can login to Disqus using whatever profile you like, including your Google+ and Facebook/Twitter identities.
Or you can set up a separate Disqus profile, if you prefer.
As an added bonus, you can keep your Disqus profile across other blogs and websites that use the system.
- Disqus is the most popular 3rd party comment system on the web, so this can be a huge help.
However, if you're not comfortable with logging into Disqus, you can still leave a message as a "guest".
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to this site.
I value all your comments, feedback and encouragement.
I hope you'll like the change and continue to take part.
I couldn't do it without you!
What do you think about the new way of doing things?
Do you love it, loathe it, or somewhere in between?
Let me know ...in the comments.
Want to know more about Disqus?
Then check out their website.
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