Friday, April 19, 2013

Google Plus vs Disqus comments on Blogger

I have recently learned via an email from Blogger that it is now possible to integrated Google Plus comments with a blog such as this one. Unfortunately, as of yet there is no reaction from Disqus and there does not seem to be possible to have both.

GooglePlusCommentsBloggerThe email read:

Hello!

Writing a thoughtful post and seeing how people engage can be really rewarding, so we’ve made it easier to reach a broader audience and see more of their reactions.

Once you enable Google+ Comments, people can share the comments they make on your blog to their circles in Google+, helping you reach people that they know. And there's more: mentions of your posts on Google+ automatically show up right in your blog's comments, so you can see more of people’s public conversations about your content (and private conversations you’re part of).

Here's how to add Google+ Comments to your blog:

1.
Sign in to Blogger

2.
Click on the “Google+” tab in your blog’s Dashboard

3.
Upgrade to Google+ if you haven’t already done so

4.
Enable Google+ Comments. Comments already made on your posts will keep working in the new widget

Log in

Happy Blogging,
The Blogger Team

The big question is if both Disqus and Google Plus can coexist?

As it can be seen above, the answer is NO. Google Plus completely takes over the commenting system from Disqus, and seeing that Google owns Blogger, it is unlikely that Disqus can do anything about other than engaging in a cat and mouse game with Google that they cannot possibly win or complaining to some antitrust authority in each of the major trading blocks.

Upon some further investigating, I discovered that one cannot comment unless logged in to Google. That does it for me: I want people to be able to comment anonymously, and adopting Google Plus as a commenting platform would kill that ability. Arguably, that would also reduce spam, but on the other hand even now we have the option to turn on only authenticated comments – something I have never used.

In my quick survey, I also haven’t seen such comments turned on in any of the blogs I looked at. However, I haven’t looked at many either.

Perhaps this can improve once Disqus updates its comment integration to take Google Plus into account. For now, we’re staying with the old system. Which option do you prefer?

Sources / More info: gh

35 comments:

  1. I really would love to see both exist side by side. I won't be adopting the new comments syste, till that's the case.

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  2. Unfortunately, there may not be much that @Disqus can do about it - Google Plus just takes everything over..

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  4. This is really Good post Blogger and Disqus both are very quick and both are comment friendly.

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  5. I prefer disqus but in my opinion it is not the ideal solution.

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  6. The lack of integration with other platforms did it for me too. I'm staying with disqus for now as well.

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  7. The only rational choice, unfortunately..

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  8. Plus integrated with other google prioducts will kill Zuckenberg in the nexy years. I bet for google

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  9. Hope one day we can have both comment system on blogger

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  10. I find the Disqus commenting system more productive if you already have an audience. But if you are trying to build one and need activity on your blog, using G+ comments is far superior...assuming you actively share your posts in G+.


    If someone comments inside of G+ it shows up on your blog as well, so it can get a lot of conversations going. Anyone who is posting blog entries and not getting any comments can really benefit from G+ comments this way.

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  11. Ubiquity is a good thing. However, what happens if Google decides to retire Plus, like they did with Wave or Reader. Yes, Plus is arguably far more successful and "harmonized" with other products, but I do not feel confident on putting all my eggs in Plus. With Disqus I get to back up my comments in the original Blogger commenting system - even though it's 90% or less, it's still preferable to me.

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  12. I suppose that's possible, but plus is now integrated into many of their products and has over 500 million users as of the last report. Reader and Wave had less than 10 million total users. I think they'd close down Blogger long before they close down G+.

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  13. I'm looking at your post for Aspire 1.2 and I don't see a download link.

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  14. If you look in Sources/More info on that post, you can still download from 4shared or MediaFire

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  15. Blogger will not allow me to upload RAR files.

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  16. RAR is an archive format, like ZIP. See the 1.1 release page for info on how to handle it.

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  17. Is there not a way to just edit the HTML so the description will appear under the header? That's all I want to do.

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  18. I just have one more quick question. My profile is on the right of the page and the categories are beside it. How do I get my name and location beside my profile photo?

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  19. Glad to hear that. You're welcome! :)

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  20. Why don't you add your blog URL to your Disqus profile so that I can have a look at it? Don't write it here in comments - if you do, I'll have to fish it out of spam.

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  21. Here are my obs:
    1. Not sure what you're asking me, but you can click, hold and drag sections around, then click preview, then finally Save arrangement (in the Blogger Layout).
    2. Take out one "Home", you only need one.
    3. In the Blogger Template -> edit HTML, make sure you search and replace www.alsosprachzamolxis.com with shanebazinet.blogspot.com


    That's all I can think of right now. Cheers.

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  22. I just have one more question: how do I get rid of the little pop-up that appears on the top right corner of the screen?

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  23. It is currently not possible to comment as a page, rather than an individual Google+ user account, with the Google+ commenting system.

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  24. It's a Greetbox. It greets people based on where they came for (Google, Facebook, etc) and can be easily closed forever by clicking on the X. Like I said earlier, just search and replace to make it work for your blog. I explained how to add it at http://3w.blogidol.ro/2010/05/adding-greetbox-to-blogger.html ; if you want to remove it, look at how it's added and work backward.

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  25. I have another question: how do I get the share buttons to appear under the posts? I have the "Show Share Buttons" box checked off in the layout, but the buttons are not appearing.

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  26. first of all, make sure that the buttons are not blocked by some adblock extension on your browser.


    the template should come with floating buttons (see the article on this site). the check mark should control whether the floating buttons show up or not. if you would rather have the default buttons, see http://3w.blogidol.ro/2011/06/add-1-and-other-social-buttons-to-your.html

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  27. I read the floating buttons article. Where do I post the code in the template?

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  28. I read the floating buttons article. Where do I post the code in the template?

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Thank you for commenting and rest assured that any and all comments are welcome, whether positive or negative, constructive or distructive. Unfortunately, if you comment in this view I might not know about - please use the regular (Desktop) view.
I am using Disqus for commenting, but Blogger is not showing it so your comments may end up not being displayed - tell Google about it!