I’ve been doing a lot of thinking on commenting recently. Most of our information is out on the web already, why is it that we still have to re-enter it every time we want to make a blog post comment? Good design is all in the details and the only reason for the email form is to keep in contact, I can do that on twitter. Besides, isn’t this a little overkill?
I am not a big fan of authentication badges, due to the very fact that people are not quite sure what they will be giving up or posting by clicking. I am even hesitant to click on the badges when there is no clear call-to-action what they actually will do.
I decided to come up with a completely custom commenting system that is a super fast, simple and auth-free way to collect all the data needed. The solution – a wordpress twitter hybrid commenting system.
It’s easy. You enter in your twitter username and comment and this pulls the avatar (transient thanks to Joe Stump’s http://tweetimag.es/), full name, location and website url. The obvious caveat is that you have to have a twitter account, but I anticipate the target audience to have one already, even if not active.
Next step… comments across the web are more fragmented than ever. There needs to be a unified way to federate them together (ie Google Wave commenting example across platform).
Interested to know what you guys think, leave a message in the groovy comments below.
[UPDATE] – Download the official wordpress plugin here