So, ChicagoNow is giving me the choice to either keep the current commenting platform or to switch over to Facebook comments. On the plus side, you no longer have to log into ChicagoNow to comment, on the minus side you can no longer be anonymous in your comments ... and you have to have a Facebook page to be able to comment.
Here's some more of the "pros" and "cons," directly from an email sent by Jimmy Greenfield, ChicagoNow Community Manager:
- Most readers are also Facebook users so they will be able to comment immediately without registering as a ChicagoNow user.
- The quality of comments is likely to improve since readers will not be able to post anonymously, unless they have set up a dummy Facebook account.
- There is a “post to Facebook” option on each comment that will provide a link to the profile of the commenter, hopefully resulting in more referrals and more readers for you.
- Readers can “Like” a comment so you and other readers can provide this feedback for a great comment.
- There is a “Follow Post” option on each comment so anyone who comments will get a notification when there are future comments on the post, likely resulting in more people returning to the discussion.
- You can comment as your personal profile or as your fan page, whichever you prefer.
- You will still have the ability to moderate your comments as you see fit, including
- Readers can delete comments if they make a mistake or change their mind (Some might of this as a con).
- Not everybody has Facebook and some readers may complain.
- If your blog benefits from readers having the ability to post anonymously, Facebook doesn’t allow this. Unless they have a fake account.
- The comments initially appear ordered by “Social Ranking” which is a default we can’t change. There is an option to change the order to “chronological” or “reverse chronological” but it’s not very intuitive to do so, which makes conversations a little harder to have.
- Facebook Comments only nest to one level. So you can reply directly to a comment, but not directly to the level of comments after that.
Personally, I tend to be in favor of the switch and was going to tell them to make the change. But, I figured I'd like to hear from you. Do you have an opinion? Would you still comment on my blog if you had to be logged in to Facebook to do it?
Comment below, and let me know what you think. If no one comments, I'm making the change ...