If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you’ll notice that I’ve switched the Livefyre commenting system back on, after using the vanilla WordPress option for the last few months.

I was one of the early beta users of the system, and loved the way it took blog commenting and turned it into a real-time chat (as this experiment and the subsequent results show).

However, along with it not really fitting into the blog’s redesign at the time, there were some features that Livefyre lacked, which saw me revert to the standard WordPress comment system (albeit one that was heavily optimized by Bonsai Interactive’s Creative Director, Lisa Kalandjian). But I’ve always kept eyes on the system, and met the team at a conference earlier this year.

And I’m glad I did, because today’s Livefyre is a completely different beast from when I was test-running it, and the features that weren’t around then have made it into the new version. So the time seemed right to switch it back on. So what’s new?

Latest Post or Conversation

Perhaps one of the biggest things that Livefyre lacked previously was the latest post option (or Conversation, as Livefyre calls it). This is what the CommentLuv plug-in offers – the option for anyone leaving a comment to have their last post visible as a link back to their blog.

Livefyre latest conversation option

Where Livefyre’s version differs is that it’s (currently) only for those with a Livefyre account. While it doesn’t offer the same benefits of CommentLuv because of this limitation, it’s a clever way to encourage sign-up. And the cool thing is, if you have multiple blogs, it pulls the last post from the newest publication, so it gives all your blogs an equal amount of promotion.

Simple Site Wide Moderation

When I first had Livefyre switched on, its dashboard area was pretty basic. There were your account details, and the blogs you had registered, and that was pretty much it. It didn’t really allow for analytics or moderation (something the Disqus platform was better at). Not any more.

Livefyre Site Moderation

With the new and improved dashboard, you have much more control. This includes white-listing commenters, banning spammers, marking comments that are offensive so Livefyre can learn them, and more.

It’s a far better system, and makes running the back-end of your commenting system a much easier task.

Improved Social Sharing Options

A lot of bloggers – myself included – have wondered about the effect social networks have on blog comments. Do tweets and Facebook conversations mean fewer comments on the blog (though more overall)? And will the freestyle comment stream of Google+ affect this even more?

Either way, there’s no doubt that a lot of conversations about a post are missed, because they’re taking place on Twitter, Facebook, etc, and not everyone has an account on these platforms. This is where Livefyre is stepping in, to really cultivate the conversation around a post.

Livefyre SocialSync

Their new SocialSync feature gives you the option to have tweets and Facebook posts become a part of the post’s comments. This is similar to the Reactions feature on Disqus, with a difference – Livefyre’s way of doing things seems better suited to social conversations being part of the comment stream.

For instance, simple retweets aren’t counted (or shoudn’t be). Instead, only extended conversations around a post are pulled into the comments. The same goes with Facebook – if you share a post on your Facebook Page, then any wall posts by your connections will be pulled over to your post.

It’s not perfect – for example, I’d love the option to be able to reply to Facebook posts from the blog comment (much like you can with the Twitter sync). Additionally, the SocialSync conversations currently split the comments if there are more than 50, as opposed to being at the end of the comment stream (although Livefyre have said they’re looking to fix this). But as a first attempt at really integrating all conversations around a post, it’s a great start. Especially if Livefyre can work a way to include Google+ comments.

The Little Things

So these are three of the main differences in the Livefyre system since last being activated on here. They’ve also added some nice little features – more sign in options (Google and LinkedIn), along with the option to view oldest comments first. Couple these with more CSS options, so you can code Livefyre to suit the design of your blog a bit better, and Livefyre has pretty much got most options covered for a one-stop commenting system.

There are some more features on the way, too, with perhaps one of the most-asked for additions due imminently – the option to allow guest commenting, where you don’t need to have one of the current sign-in options to leave a comment.

I was a big fan of Livefyre before. I think it’s fair to say that, with the new features, I’m pretty much sold on them as the best commenting option out there. Obviously there might be some hiccups along the way, but I’ve always found the Livefyre support to be second-to-none.

And you can’t ask for much more than that.

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399 comments
implementseo
implementseo

Quite amazing. From 2011 and many tips are still available. Now thats blogging. Cheers

implementseo
implementseo

Quite amazing. From 2011 and many tips are still available. Now thats blogging. Cheers

Online Strategies
Online Strategies

After installing Livefyre to my blog, I noticed my PR jumped to 3. It combats spam very well and is dynamic. As noted here, the linkback feature is what I liked most. As a registered user, if you post a comment, your latest post that's associated with your blog profile will be fetched and displayed underneath the comment.

PinchinCents
PinchinCents

I just added Livefyre and really like it. I used Disqus; however, liked livefyre more because of the links to the last conversation. Now I just need comments, ha-ha! I just started my blog about 2 months ago, so it is still very new. Enjoyed my visit to your site. Excellent post.

pinchincents
pinchincents

I just added Livefyre and really like it. I used Disqus; however, liked livefyre more because of the links to the last conversation. Now I just need comments, ha-ha! I just started my blog about 2 months ago, so it is still very new. Enjoyed my visit to your site. Excellent post.

MyTestPrep
MyTestPrep

Really glad you're exploring the benefits of using livefyre here.   I've been looking at different options and there doesn't seem to be a clear winner as to the best solution to use.  What I'm still trying to wrap my head around is the irony that comments are supposed to all be nofollow yet livefyre comments generally aren't.  Ok, well, does that mean everyone using livefyre will get penalized as a result?  Any updates or lessons learned since this post was originally made?

MyTestPrep
MyTestPrep

Really glad you're exploring the benefits of using livefyre here.   I've been looking at different options and there doesn't seem to be a clear winner as to the best solution to use.  What I'm still trying to wrap my head around is the irony that comments are supposed to all be nofollow yet livefyre comments generally aren't.  Ok, well, does that mean everyone using livefyre will get penalized as a result?  Any updates or lessons learned since this post was originally made?

Manual handling
Manual handling

It's nice to see the return of Livefyre to the blog... Good choice Danny :)

Manual handling
Manual handling

It's nice to see the return of Livefyre to the blog... Good choice Danny :)

AbundantJourney
AbundantJourney

Hi there. It seems as though both Livefyre and CommentLuv are running on your blog. How is this so? I drop by due to a conversation over on Ileane's blog (Basic Blog Tips) indicating you returned to CommentLuv from Livefyre. How is Livefyre still appearing active on this post and Comment Luv on your newer posts?

AbundantJourney
AbundantJourney

Hi there. It seems as though both Livefyre and CommentLuv are running on your blog. How is this so? I drop by due to a conversation over on Ileane's blog (Basic Blog Tips) indicating you returned to CommentLuv from Livefyre. How is Livefyre still appearing active on this post and Comment Luv on your newer posts?

Demian Yumei
Demian Yumei

Hi Danny, sorry for the delay in thanking you for your reply. It was very helpful as all your posts are. Appreciate it very much.

Demian Yumei
Demian Yumei

Hi Danny, sorry for the delay in thanking you for your reply. It was very helpful as all your posts are. Appreciate it very much.

Demian Yumei
Demian Yumei

Hi Danny, I just discovered your blogs and am impressed with the information and passion with which you write.

I'm doing research right now on what type of commenting system I'd like to use for my blog. I was considering Livefyre which is how I found this post. It doesn't appear you're using LiveFyre currently, so I assume you turned it back off.

Could I ask you why? I have a new blog up, and I've only begun to look into alternative commenting for wordpress. Anonymity as an option is very important to me, and yet I, also, want to be able to use the social networks option for those who feel safe to use their own identities.

I, also, don't want to use any app that demands the user give a third party the right to post on their Facebook or any social network AS them or mine the users ENTIRE account. I find that offensive. How intrusive is Livefyre in that regard?

I'd be interested in any follow up opinions you might have on Livefyre. Thanks!

Respectfully,
Demian Yumei

Demian Yumei
Demian Yumei

Hi Danny, I just discovered your blogs and am impressed with the information and passion with which you write. I'm doing research right now on what type of commenting system I'd like to use for my blog. I was considering Livefyre which is how I found this post. It doesn't appear you're using LiveFyre currently, so I assume you turned it back off. Could I ask you why? I have a new blog up, and I've only begun to look into alternative commenting for wordpress. Anonymity as an option is very important to me, and yet I, also, want to be able to use the social networks option for those who feel safe to use their own identities. I, also, don't want to use any app that demands the user give a third party the right to post on their Facebook or any social network AS them or mine the users ENTIRE account. I find that offensive. How intrusive is Livefyre in that regard? I'd be interested in any follow up opinions you might have on Livefyre. Thanks! Respectfully, Demian Yumei

James
James

I like LiveFyre but it's just a pain to set up sometimes - especially on older blogs without comments. CommentLuv is nice, but of course not as fully-featured as LiveFyre.

To each their own I suppose!

James
James

I like LiveFyre but it's just a pain to set up sometimes - especially on older blogs without comments. CommentLuv is nice, but of course not as fully-featured as LiveFyre. To each their own I suppose!

Kevin
Kevin

I was looking at starting a blog and find the comments helpful. It's good to find out the expierence of others prior to diving in.

Kevin
Kevin

I was looking at starting a blog and find the comments helpful. It's good to find out the expierence of others prior to diving in.

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

 @MyTestPrep From the Do-Follow angle, my understanding is Google only cares about low quality sites. If you're linking to a good site with great content, that's fine. It's why I have filters in place that catches deliberate link-bait attempts, and ban those that are clearly just after link juice.

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

 @MyTestPrep From the Do-Follow angle, my understanding is Google only cares about low quality sites. If you're linking to a good site with great content, that's fine. It's why I have filters in place that catches deliberate link-bait attempts, and ban those that are clearly just after link juice.

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

@AbundantJourney It may be that the transfer process from WordPress comments to Livefyre hadn't quite completed? I've deactivted CLP and switched Livefyre back on now.

Danny
Danny

Hi there Demian,

First, thanks for the kind words, much appreciated.

I did use Livefyre on here until recently (and I may go back, I vary quite a bit). The main reason I switched it off was there were still a couple of bugs every now and then (formatting, mainly), and I also kinda like the way my designer formatted the comment section to suit the style of the blog.

As far as privacy, you can definitely set up a pseudonym. As long as that's tied into a pseudonym account on Twitter or Facebook, you can then share across these networks, or bring conversations about your post into the comments thanks to the SocialSync feature of Livefyre.

Additionally, Livefyre (as far as I'm aware) will only share to social networks you allow connection with. Otherwise, the comments and dialogue stay right here on the blog.

Hope that helps!

Danny
Danny

Hi there Demian, First, thanks for the kind words, much appreciated. I did use Livefyre on here until recently (and I may go back, I vary quite a bit). The main reason I switched it off was there were still a couple of bugs every now and then (formatting, mainly), and I also kinda like the way my designer formatted the comment section to suit the style of the blog. As far as privacy, you can definitely set up a pseudonym. As long as that's tied into a pseudonym account on Twitter or Facebook, you can then share across these networks, or bring conversations about your post into the comments thanks to the SocialSync feature of Livefyre. Additionally, Livefyre (as far as I'm aware) will only share to social networks you allow connection with. Otherwise, the comments and dialogue stay right here on the blog. Hope that helps!

MyTestPrep
MyTestPrep

 @DannyBrown  Ahh, mystery solved.  Thanks Danny.

AbundantJourney
AbundantJourney

@DannyBrown Gotcha. Thank you for responding. So are you sticking with Livefyre or do you think you might switch back to CommentLuv? Just curious. I'm only 1 year old in the blogging world and still learning quite a bit. Shonda

AbundantJourney
AbundantJourney

@DannyBrown Good to hear. I enjoy the conversation flow on Livefyre blogs. Nice to e-meet you and thank you for taking the time to respond to me. Cheers.

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

@AbundantJourney Hi Shonda, I think I'll be sticking with Livefyre. I like CommentLuv, but there's just something about Livefyre that feels right on a blog comment system, especially one where the audience is social media-savvy. The integration of Twitter and Facebook conversations that Livefyre offers make it the perfect comment partner. :)

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