Vote now: Facebook comments on Drive, She Said?

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 ...


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  • The main Tribune did this, and my reaction was that I am not giving Zuckerberg personal identifying information just to spar on the Tribune.

    The same goes for here. You have access (through my registration) to my e-mail address if you need to confirm something, but if Chicago Now goes to facebook members only, too bad.

  • In reply to jack:

    thanks for your feedback, jack. i'm so mired in social media it doesn't make too much of a difference to me. but i do realize i have a wide variety of readers, and i want to make sure that everyone can comment if they would like to ... chicagonow is giving me a choice right now, but eventually i have a feeling i'll be forced to make the switch regardless of whether i (or we) want to ...

  • I'm on Facebook, but I don't want every loon that disagrees with me knowing too much about me. So color me gone as a poster (not as a reader) if I can only comment via Facebook.

  • In reply to cubsin:

    totally understand what you're saying, cubsin. thanks for your feedback.

  • In reply to Jill Ciminillo:

    Add me to the list of those that will never, ever have a Faceplant account!
    I don't want to belong to any organization that would have me as a member!

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    I thought Groucho was dead. He doesn't even show up on MeToo. :-)

    Next this space will be reviewing Jack Benny's Maxwell.

  • As long as there are people wanting to laugh, Groucho will never be dead!

    Plus, I'm not a member of any organized political party, I'm a Democrat!
    I stole that one from Will Rogers.
    Still true today, 90 years after he said it!

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Then you shouldn't be disagreeing so much with those on the CTA Tattler.

    Jill, sorry to be going so far afield on your territory, but you know we are just messing around.

  • In reply to jack:

    I only disagree with those that gulp down the CTA's Kool-Aid!

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