4 Jul 2009

The Results Are In: Twitter Sign-in FTW!

A little while ago we asked for your feedback on what you like about IntenseDebate and what you’d like to see moving forward. Of the survey results we received, Twitter Sign-in is the most requested feature with 52.3% of the vote. Localization came in second with 30.9% and Google Friend Connect in third with 16.8%.

TW signWith that in mind, we’re excited to introduce Twitter Sign-in integration with IntenseDebate! Now when you enable Twitter Sign-in, your readers will have the option to leave a comment using their Twitter login info. This feature is located in your Blog Settings tab in your IntenseDebate account.

To enable Twitter Sign-in login > select the tab named after your site > select the Settings tab > Twitter Sign-in is located just above Facebook Connect at the bottom left.

We received some excellent feedback on other ways to improve IntenseDebate (aside from localization and Google Friend Connect). Below are the top 3 additional admin feature requests we received. While we’re currently setting our sights on finishing up some other projects, we’re interested in what you think about these ideas. Your input is greatly appreciated. Please take a moment and choose the feature that you think would be most useful. Thanks!

If you haven’t given IntenseDebate a try yet, there’s no better time than now! Get started with IntenseDebate.

Posted by Michael Koenig in features

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  1. Wow! Not only is the development of ID gaining speed, but also you're doing it in a smart way by asking the users. Great!

    Comment by Thomas — July 4, 2009 @ 9:15 pm
  2. My thoughts exactly. Way to go IntenseDebate!

    Comment by Chris — July 4, 2009 @ 10:15 pm
  3. Yeah, I just want they do the same with the Location of Intense Debate.

    Comment by JoaoJMC — July 8, 2009 @ 10:26 am
  4. Hey that WOULD be cool, but how about we split the difference and let them handle bbPress/IntenseDebate integration next 😉

    Comment by Chris — July 8, 2009 @ 10:44 am
  5. What do you mean with integration bettewn bbPress and Intense Debate? I don't get it… :S

    Comment by JoaoJMC — July 8, 2009 @ 1:39 pm
  6. Bettewn means between. Sorry about that. I'm not english.

    Comment by JoaoJMC — July 8, 2009 @ 1:40 pm
  7. Oh, was half joking, JoaoJMC. Hope I did not throw you off.

    I use both bbPress and IntenseDebate (and they are both owned by the same company that runs WordPress, Automattic).

    It's certainly not going to be for a while but I hope sometime in the future there will be some sort of integration between the two services for people like me that use both on their sites (maybe a way to share login information, profiles, etc)

    People HATE to signup for a new service so if there is a way to create a universal profile (*cough*, IntenseDebate, *cough*) which they could then use to login on bbPress sites that enabled such a login, maybe Gravatars and profile info could automatically be ported over. Man would that be useful! xD

    Comment by Chris — July 8, 2009 @ 1:52 pm
  8. I just recorded a screencast demonstrating the many great features of Intense Debate. Just after doing so, I checked the blog to notice that Intense Debate now has Twitter Sign in! That was a pleasant surprise.

    Comment by Jon Karna — July 4, 2009 @ 10:32 pm
  9. Excellent screencast. Thanks Jon! We really appreciate it.

    Comment by Michael Koenig — July 6, 2009 @ 9:30 pm
  10. I loved it but I have now a design problem. The Twitter button appears in a second line and now I have some useless white spaces between the comments field and the name/e-mail/website fields.

    Comment by Amílcar Tavares — July 4, 2009 @ 11:16 pm
  11. Thanks for letting us know. Is it similar to the layout on our post? Please logout to check.

    Comment by Michael Koenig — July 6, 2009 @ 9:32 pm
  12. Hi Michael. Thanks for your reply.

    Yes it is similar. I hope you can find a way to optimize it.

    I love IntenseDebate!!

    Comment by Amílcar Tavares — July 6, 2009 @ 11:34 pm
  13. I love all these news and I'm glad the development has sped up. However, I must say fixing bugs is top priority. First you need to make everything launched worked as it should, then you implement new features. Michael, you know what I'm talking about.

    Comment by Rafael Fischmann — July 4, 2009 @ 11:34 pm
  14. i think they're doing a good job on their limited staff.

    Comment by human3rror — July 5, 2009 @ 4:01 am
  15. I understand it might take some time to implement new features and I'm happy they're now able to do it more quickly, but ensuring the service works 100% is something all their limited staff should work on day and night. I'd even pay a monthly fee for a premium service, but as a free service (and even more as a project owned by Automattic) they need to fulfill their promiss of what they offer with no glitches, even worse when we're talking about things that don't get fixed for weeks/months.

    Comment by Rafael Fischmann — July 5, 2009 @ 4:07 am
  16. dude, they don't owe you anything. they've provided a wonderful service free of charge (and they didn't have to). … man, that's whack.

    Comment by human3rror — July 5, 2009 @ 4:11 am
  17. First of all, you’re not the one responsible for replying to customer’s requests.

    It’s clear that your personality wouldn’t let you build a service like IntenseDebate and not charge for it. It’s not about “owing” anything, it’s about providing a good service and making your customers happy and satisfied.

    I’ve already said I’d even pay for a premium service, and I didn’t have to.

    It would be funny to see the guys at Google for example work with the same mentality as yours. “Oh, bugger, nobody pays for Gmail, screw them if they lose emails or the service is down for hours.” Heh.

    Comment by Rafael Fischmann — July 5, 2009 @ 4:23 am
  18. It goes without saying that this is not our mentality. The purpose of everything we do is to not only provide the best comment system, but also continue to improve the means of sharing information and creating dialogue across the web. It's our privilege to be able to contribute to this, and it's something that we're dedicated to.

    You've both been in this with us for a long time, and you've helped improve ID. Please keep this in mind and be respectful to each other (and please don't take this the wrong way). You rock! 🙂

    Comment by Michael Koenig — July 6, 2009 @ 5:25 pm
  19. Rafael, thanks for the note. The remaining glitches that you've encountered are being corrected – we will fulfill our promise. One project nearing completion that we're excited about, and that is around the corner, is self-correcting sync between ID > WP (I know…finally!). We're investigating the timestamp issue and will get this corrected.

    Comment by Michael Koenig — July 6, 2009 @ 4:43 pm
  20. That's great Michael, thanks.

    And please allow us to expand all comments automatically, I personally hate that collapsing feature. 😦 Lots of users don't know about that arrow and lose replies and nice discussions.

    Comment by Rafael Fischmann — July 6, 2009 @ 4:47 pm
  21. YES!

    Comment by human3rror — July 5, 2009 @ 3:56 am
  22. Guys, please, fix up your import/export features! They don't work! Some of comments in my blog were not synced with your server. So, some of comments are just in my DB and some of them (root comments mainly) are on your servers. I even can't add them manually!

    Comment by Vera Surkova — July 5, 2009 @ 7:09 am
  23. Which site is this occurring with?

    Comment by Michael Koenig — July 6, 2009 @ 9:32 pm
  24. en.surkova.net
    4 comments are shown using intensedebate
    4 comments are shown if only I turn off intensedebate
    they are not the same

    Comment by Vera Surkova — July 7, 2009 @ 3:50 am
  25. As for "Facebook Connect" also "Sign in with Twitter" lacks of the "Publish on my Twitter profile" check-box! Guys, IMHO that's a big absence!

    Comment by Andrea Torre — July 5, 2009 @ 8:52 am
  26. We're looking at this for the next enhancement. No ETA at the moment. Thanks for letting us know that you're interested.

    Comment by Michael Koenig — July 6, 2009 @ 9:33 pm
  27. I love all of the new ways that people can log in. It makes the whole system more universal.

    Comment by Joshua — July 5, 2009 @ 8:38 pm
  28. Nice, a pleasant surprise! Thanks

    Comment by pastapadre — July 5, 2009 @ 10:19 pm
  29. Thanks for the new options with Twitter & FB connect. With the new signin options, I'd really love to see the option to Turn off Post as a guest. Right now, the option is only to require "Commenters must signup with IntenseDebate before posting."

    Using this on a news site, we get a lot of racist dribble w/o requiring a login, but with Twitter, FB and Open ID logins, it gives the users an easy experience to comment w/o having to register for another account. But users are less likely to spew hate comments if they're name is attached to it.

    Keep up the good work!

    Comment by WISH_TV — July 7, 2009 @ 9:41 pm
  30. Sorry to hear that. Now that you mention it I noticed it to! :S

    Comment by JoaoJMC — July 8, 2009 @ 10:29 am
  31. That's what i was looking for !

    Comment by arques — July 8, 2009 @ 11:32 am
  32. I agree, this is fantastic. It'll bring oodles more comments and readers to my blog. But what I'd love to see next is Google Friend Connect support. I just added Intense Debate to my Blogger blog – and, don't get me wrong, everyone loves it – but it's left a lot of my readers behind, not wanting to sign up for yet another service. So, just a suggestion – more like a petition. Thanks for the Twitter addition, though! It's awesome!

    Comment by cjmasoni — July 12, 2009 @ 4:00 am
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    Comment by prashant — August 3, 2009 @ 4:00 pm
  37. […] the comments section is also a wise option as this will encourage more users to post comments. The Intense Debate commenting system has an integrated Twitter Sign in and a facebook […]

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  38. Hi. I can't see any twitter sign-in on my "plugins" option. Also my facebook connect doesn't appear on my blog but i have activated it already. please help me on this.

    Comment by jeelchristine — December 10, 2009 @ 5:07 pm
  39. Twitter sign-in is located at http://intensedebate.com/edit-site-comments . Here's a screenshot http://skitch.com/mkoenig/nmbjr/tw .

    For Facebook Connect, please make sure your Connect URL and Base Domain are configured properly in your Facebook Application. It should be:
    Connect URL: http://loudandpesky.publr.com
    Base Domain: loudandpesky.publr.com

    If you're still encountering issues, let me know what web browser and version you're using, and please leave Facebook Connect enabled so I can check it out. Thanks.

    Comment by Michael Koenig — December 10, 2009 @ 5:28 pm

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