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Authorship in Google Results to Include Comments, Expanded Circles Features Authorship in Google Results to Include Comments, Expanded Circles Features
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Google continues to make changes to the authorship element it displays in search results. Yesterday, we reported on Google now letting you set it up by verifying your email address on your Google Profile, though this makes your email address …

Facebook Adds “Subscribe” for Users in Comments Plugins Facebook Adds “Subscribe” for Users in Comments Plugins

Facebook has launched a “subscribe” link in its Comments Box plugin. Facebook’s Malorie Lucich tells WebProNews they did this “to give people the ability to subscribe to commenters in one click, and give commenters another way to grow their Subscriptions …

Does SEO Help Or Hurt User Experience? Does SEO Help Or Hurt User Experience?
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Jeremy Schoemaker, who runs the popular Shoemoney blog, wrote a post about a year and a half ago called “Where My Hatred of SEO Comes From“. It’s basically about site owners who put more effort into pleasing the search algorithms …

Google to Offer Google+-Based Blog Comments System? Google to Offer Google+-Based Blog Comments System?
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In a semi-related conversation with Shoemoney’s Jeremy Schoemaker, he tells WebProNews that he just talked to a Google engineer, who “alluded to the fact that Google might be developing a system with Google+ to allow people to comment.” Given that …

Google+ Lets Users Disable Comments and Lock Posts Before Sharing Google+ Lets Users Disable Comments and Lock Posts Before Sharing

Google has started rolling out a new feature for Google+ that lets you disable comments and lock posts before sharing them to the stream. “One of my favorite parts about Google+ is how circles help me control who I share …

WordPress Blogs Get New Comment Stats WordPress Blogs Get New Comment Stats
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Bloggers that operate WordPress.com blogs can now see who’s commenting the most on their blog and what posts they’re commenting on by looking at Site Stats. There’s a new comments panel that provides tabs for top commenters, most commented and …

Facebook Comments Get Richer Facebook Comments Get Richer

Facebook has added a new feature to comments on posts. If you include a link in a comment, it will provide more info/images similar to how it works when you post a link as a status update. Facebook announced the …

Facebook Comments: A Game-Changer for Mainstream Media? Facebook Comments: A Game-Changer for Mainstream Media?
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If you’ve ever read a mainstream media outlet online, you know one thing’s for certain: You’re going to get a healthy dose of extreme remarks and opinions in the comment section of the article. Why? Because most mainstream media outlets …

Users Don’t “Like” Latest Facebook for iPhone Update Users Don’t “Like” Latest Facebook for iPhone Update
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Earlier this week Facebook released version 3.4 of their iPhone app. Hidden amongst the “advertised” additions are a few smaller changes, bugs, and oddities that are leaving some users perplexed on why they upgraded. Some iPhone owners are starting too …

Facebook Comments Plugin Added to 50,000 Sites In a Month, Updates Launched Facebook Comments Plugin Added to 50,000 Sites In a Month, Updates Launched
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At the beginning of March, Facebook launched its new and improved comments plugin for content sites. It brought features like the use of social signals to order comments based on quality, improved moderation tools, the ability to add different log-in …

Facebook Axes Comment Button
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Goodbye little blue comment button! A few users had noticed something different for quite some time now, but it seems today everyone is now operating with the new procedure for commenting on friends’ posts.  So long to the time when …

Facebook Launches New and Improved Comments Plugin For Content Sites
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Facebook has launched a new version of its comments plugin, adding features like the use of social signals to order comments based on quality, improved moderation tools, the ability to add different log-in options, and better sharing of comments. 

Should Content Providers Stop Allowing Anonymous Comments?
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Facebook product design manager Julie Zhuo contributed an op-ed piece to the New York Times, which calls for content providers to stop allowing for anonymous comments on their content, in an effort to maintain accountability for what is said. 

This is not a new subject, nor an easy one, and despite Zhuo taking a clear stance on it, she does present both sides of the debate: accountability vs. privacy and freedom of expression.

Can You Get More Links if You Turn Off Comments?
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Every so often, an argument and ensuing discussion erupts in the Blogosphere over whether or not it is ethical to block comments on a blog post and what value they actually add to content.

Would you rather have blog comments or Facebook "likes" and retweets? Let us know.

How Important are Comments to the News?
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Comments have become part of the news. In the old days, publishers released articles and any reader comments would be addressed on the publisher’s own time. In a newspaper or magazine, it may have been in the form of letters to the editor. Sometimes news radio programs would read audience feedback on the air. These things allowed the publishers a great deal of control over the commentary associated with their story.

Respond to Facebook Comments From Your Email
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Today Facebook launched a feature that some would consider long overdue. They now let you reply to comments via email. In other words, when you get an email notification alerting you that someone has left a comment on one of your status updates, you can simply type your reply in the email and hit send, rather than having to leave your inbox, go to Facebook and respond there.

Google Eases Retrieval of Sidewiki Entries for Entire Sites
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Google has announced the release of a new feature for the Sidewiki API, which the company says makes it easier to retrieve all Sidewiki entries for an entire domain. It allows you to look for new entries created on any page of a site, and subscribe to them via RSS.

Picking Your Online Reputation Battles
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Part of managing your online reputation involves your strategy for handling the negative commentary that you acquire. If you write articles on the Internet, use Facebook, Twitter, or other social media outlets, or simply have a prodcut that people talk about, there is a very good chance you will encounter comments somewhere on the web that are less than favorable.

2nd Largest Search Engine Gets Real-Time Search
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Update: YouTube has officially announced the feature:

Blogger Gives Commenters Faces
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Blogger has extended the comments feature it annoucned last year, which lets users embed comments and the commenting form below blog posts. The feature has been extended to display profile images next to comments that blog visitors write.

Blog Comments Going Real Time?
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Comments on blogs posts and articles have in the past generally been a good measurement of how people have engaged with content, but as the web becomes more social and "real-time," the conversation is going all over the place, and there are other ways that people are engaging in conversation about content (this is why shareability is so important by the way).