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let the good comments roll with diskus!

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I have to admit to being a comment poor blog.  And I’m remiss in not putting akismet and disqus on here sooner.  Tonight akisment gave 32,000 plus spam comments a beating.  They’re gone.  Room now for your comments and disqus should make things a lot more interesting.

I got turned on to the disqus comment system by Shey Smith on his most excellent blog, http://sheysmith.com and got really motivated to install it when I heard Leo Laporte and Amber Macarthur rolling in the aisles over this on their net@nite podcast broadcast live today.  It helped push me more that Dave Winer, grandaddy of rss and blogs, is using this as well.

Disqus brings video comments, along with a community of commenters, better comment formatting, and much more.  And the wordpress plugin install was as easy as could be.

Shey Smiths blog really rocks

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I stumbled across this blog on my friendfeed account a few days ago and it’s been a daily read ever since.

It’s http://sheysmith.com

Today he’s talking about tomorrow’s twit out and friendfeed and social networking.  He’s doing an amazing job on this blog and it’s become a daily read.

And he turned me on to disqus!

Disqus was the topic on today’s net@nite with Amber and Leo and at first glance it’s something you don’t need, as Leo observed.  But, on closer examination, it’s a great comment system for blogs that integrates video and ties comments in to social networks.     And best of all, it connects you to a community of blog commentors like Shey Smith.

Leo Laporte hits two home runs, twitter and wordpress

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I was a bit puzzled a while back when Leo Laporte left twitter for Jaiku.  It didn’t make sense.  Sure he said there was confusion with the name twit (“this week in tech, his trademark) and the twitter mark.  I thought at the time he left that he could advance his cause better by staying on twitter and riding the wave at http://twitter.com/leolaporte … within hours of announced the switch he has 1200 twitter followers, compare that to the 2,600 twitter followers I have after about six months.  I won’t look over my shoulder because if I did I would see Leo sprinting after me heading for Scoble’s pole position on twitter. 

The second ball that Leo has hit out of the park is the adoption of WordPress over SixApart’s VoxWordPress is a much better, imho, blog platform.  it’s what I use here as webmaster of this blog. 

I listened to Leo and Amber’s net@nite podcast and gleaned that Leo doesn’t feel the trademark issue is relevant any more and, besides, twitter is where all the action is and has been for a while.

Here are Leo’s top ten Top 10 Reasons Why he’s Twittering Again

bird.gif10. I’m not hip enough for Pownce.

9. I’ve finally trained myself to write Twitter instead of TWiTter.

8. Alex King’s Twitter Tools for WordPress mean my Tweets become part of my blog and no longer evaporate.

7. I miss my San Francisco digerati A-list friends.

6. Jaiku is now Gooku and invite only.

5. How else am I going to find out what Merlin is up to?

4. It’s not about functionality, it’s about family.

3. iJustine said she would follow me.

2. All the cool kids are doing it.

and the number 1 reason why I’m Twittering again…

Scoble must be stopped!

 

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