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The unfortunate thing about commenting on blogs is that it’s all too often basically a silo: your message lives in one place, requires a specific login for that site alone, and can be difficult to share out if you feel you’ve been particularly insightful.

Systems like Disqus (which we use on Web Upd8) have been developed to start addressing the silo problem, providing a unifying login for sites that employ it and a way to track and distribute the conversation more widely on the web.


After a short private beta test, JS-Kit just announced that Echo, its new blog commenting platform, is now available as a public beta. Echo aggregates conversations around a blog post from across the Internet and allows users to share their comments on Twitter, Facebook, and FriendFeed. Echo offers a number of well-designed and unique features, including real-time updating and the ability to capture social gestures related to a blog's content like star ratings and 'likes' from across the Web. In addition, at least for the time being, JS-Kit also offers good spam and obscenity filters.

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The Echo comment form takes a cue from email, with From and To fields that let you associate multiple digital identities (your Facebook, Twitter (Twitter), OpenID, even your personal blog) with your comments. The To field then allows you to share your comment with multiple “recipients” — sending it to Facebook, Twitter, Google (Google) or Yahoo. This effectively makes the comments form distributed in both directions: your other networks travel with you, and your comments can be easily sent back out along them as well.

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