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We’ve finally found a great use for social networks

We are huge fans of the kind of deep, thoughtful, and exploratory conversations that happen on blogs and over email.  Social media doesn’t really do it for most of the team here… and we certainly question the usefulness of 140 character comments. We maintain a company Twitter account for helping with support, but otherwise we stick to the inbox and comments section for the sharing of ideas.

I’m really excited about this functionality. The only two reasons I ever kept Jetpack plugin on my sites was for site analytics and social comment login.

The concern I have revolves around UI. Most people who have ever read a blog are familiar with a site displaying social media icons as a means to connect with them online. With these icons above the comment section, I suspect many people will miss the opportunity to login via social media because they don’t realize that’s what the icons do.

I think we’re going to need to give them more of a visual cue to click so they know it’s purpose, it’s easy, and it’s useful.

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But so many people have accounts on social networks that we couldn’t help but put some thought into how to leverage that….

Say hello to Postmatic Social Commenting

Connecting to Postmatic via Twitter login

Postmatic Social Commenting lets your users authenticate using their existing accounts when leaving a comment. It’s a quick and simple way to fill out the comment form with a single click. We’ll grab their name, email address, and profile URL. That leaves them free to focus on what’s important: the conversation.

We’re starting with support for four networks:

  • WordPress.com
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Facebook

The plugin adds subtle social icons to your comment form and is completely integrated with Postmatic and Epoch.

 

Hasn’t this been done before?

When we created Epoch we searched around. High and low. There just aren’t any well maintained or highly reviewed plugins that offer the speed and simplicity we were looking for. And that’s because they all focus on the same thing: social login. That’s not what we want. Why the login part?

Don’t call it social login. This is social commenting.

WordPress Social Login, OneAll Social Login,  miniOrange, and other existing social commenting plugins all have the same thing in common: they are focused on letting your users log into your site using a social account. That comes with a whole lot of overhead. So now users are going to see an admin bar? Can they reach the back end of the site? Do they need to maintain a profile? The list goes on.

We’re doing it better. Just authenticate, grab some data, and run. Light, fast, and easy. We hope you enjoy it.

Postmatic Social Commenting is free and available in the WordPress repo. Download it today.

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