Image gallery: 3 comment platforms

If you have a popular blog, it can be difficult to keep control of the conversation. We look at 3 comment platforms -- Disqus, IntenseDebate and LiveFyre -- that can help.

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Disqus

Disqus is easy to set up, comes loaded with a good spate of management controls, has a broadly-implemented user base, and gives you ways to migrate your messages both in and out of the system. The Disqus moderation panel appears either embedded in your WordPress administrative console or can be launched separately. Note the hotkey functions for fast moderation.

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IntenseDebate

IntenseDebate is offered by Automattic, the creators of WordPress, who acquired the service back in 2008. As a result, it sports a very strong degree of integration with WordPress.  For example, IntenseDebate's moderation panel can be used in conjunction with, rather than to replace, the native WordPress comment moderation system.

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Livefyre

One of Livefyre's most useful functions is the way it serves to loop in people on social networks and allow the conversation to be taken to them. The moderation panel on Livefyre's site has one very powerful function: The ability to narrow the scope of displayed comments by multiple criteria, selectable via checkboxes. For example, you can view active comments that are flagged as off-topic and contain a given search term.

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