A Blogger Improvement? The New Google+ Comment Interface
Yesterday, Blogger (or Google, or whomever) announced a voluntary "upgrade" to the commenting system that powers many of our Blogger blogs.
The big news was that by clicking a button in your options, you can now change your commenting interface to seamlessly interact with Google+. In short, this means that any comments made on your blog can automatically show up on Google+ and vice versa.
Also, and this is where it gets a little nutty, anybody that shares or talks about your post on Google+ (whether you're aware of it or not) will have their share and subsequent comments on that share pulled into your post as well. That way all the noise created by your blog post can potentially be viewed and replied to in one place.
There's a little more to it, including how your Google+ sharing settings play into what other people actually see, but that's the basic concept. One that potentially could expand the reach of your blog, creating more interactivity and attracting more readers.
|More readers? ...and the crowd goes wild!!!|
I have to say I'm not all that warm to this change and probably won't integrate it into the Mothership for the time being. Strange statement from somebody that's typically a fan of all things Google, right? Well, there are two main reasons why, and I think each is pretty significant.
1. The interface is with Google+
Who uses Google+? If this was an integration with Facebook or Twitter, I think we'd be on to something...but Google+? Despite my best efforts, It's still nowhere close to being an active social hub worthy of changing your blog around.
2. In order for folks to comment on your blog...they'll need to have a Google account.
No more Open ID, no more Anonymous. That kinda sucks. Try to type in the text box and you are immediately prompted to log into your Google Account. Now most people have a Google account these days, but making them use it (and also set up a Google+ page) just to submit a comment on one of my crappy blog posts...I'm not feeling that.
All that said, if you want to see a living example of how it works, I turned it on over at my Tenkara Sasquatch blog. Here's a link and screen grab that shows what it looks like. (Take note, that if you don't have or are not logged in to a Google Account, you won't see any of the Google+ activity.)
In this example, I had shared the post on Google+ as both +Michael Agneta and +Troutrageous!. +Christophe Laurent commented on my share at Google+, however Mark Kautz-Shoreman simply commented at my blog, no Google+ involved. As you'll notice, all the activity has been pulled into one place now. No matter where you do the commenting, it all gets pulled in as one experience.
Confused yet? I was too until I played with the functionality for a little bit. Do yourself a favor, it'll make more sense after you do. At the very least, I'm happy that this wasn't forced down our throat like Facebook does when it changes something and everybody complains. I dig the fact that Google left this as optional.
So are you going to make the switch?
Would love to hear why or why not (ironically) in the non-upgraded comments section below...