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disqus v3

Disqus V3 is being rolled out today and promises to be the biggest change to the product since its inception in 2007.

With the ability to sign on with existing social networking accounts like Facebook or Twitter, Disqus offers lots of advantages to both users and publishers. Users benefit because they get a platform that lets them keep the same identity across multiple sites and easily comment without having to create yet-another account. Publishers benefit because they don’t have to worry about running comment registrations themselves, plus they get to easily integrate other social networks directly into their blogs.

The new Disqus Comments improved automated tools for dealing with spam or abusive comments. There is a restricted word filter that will trigger moderator approval on comments and you can whitelist or blacklist a certain e-mail or username.

A new addition I really like is the new Narcissus theme (no need for a screenshot, we already switched to this theme, here, on Web Upd8, take a look below).

Disqus Comments can import IntenseDebate and JS-Kit comments and export comments back out too. Additionally, the Moveable Type and WordPress (WordPress) plugins have been updated and allow for full comment synching.

Registered users will have their comments number displayed next to their username - another addition I really like:

disqus v3 comment number

Now if I could only see the total number of comments for my blog...

Again, Disqus Profile isn’t another profile, but a management tool for commenters to better keep track of and control their comments, subscriptions and various profiles. You can search through the comments you have left on other sites and edit or delete them without having to go back to a specific site or blog entry. You can also easily add-in your various social profiles from Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and OpenID and choose to syndicate your comments to some or all of those services.

You can also merge your profiles together. This is great for those of us who often forget that we sign-up or login with something and then end up with multiple accounts for the same thing.

The best addition in my view is that now, after you post a comment, the page won't need to reload. This can easily be set for any blog. For Blogger Blogs it may seem tricky because it requests you enter a url to a blank.html page or to /does-not-exist/ hosted on your domain. But this can easily be done by entering http://YOURBLOG.blogspot.com/blank.html (or any other URL which redirects to a 404 page) in the corresponding form field (Disqus Dashboard > Settings > General at the bottom of the page). You can test this feature by commenting to this post ;)

And the last new addition I noticed: Disqus now supports FeedFlare for FeedBurner, meaning it can display the number of comments from your blog, right on your feed. To enable this, login to your Feedburner account, go to Optimize > FeedFlare, enable it and in the "Add new flare" field, enter http://YOUR_BLOG_DISQUS_NAME.disqus.com/~feedflare/comments_link.xml , obviously replacing YOUR_BLOG_DISQUS_NAME with your blog name on Disqus (Example: http://webupd8.disqus.com/~feedflare/comments_link.xml)

Please note there could be other changes / improvements too, but Disqus hasn't publish any info just yet.

[via mashable.com]