18 Feb 2008

Intense Debate in Google Reader

We’ve got some great users here at Intense Debate. One user in particular has really taken Intense Debate to another level. Paul Arterburn has written a Firefox Extension to add Intense Debate to Google Reader. Basically it adds a comment link to the reader (below). Screen 1

Clicking the link opens up comments inline like the following:

Screen 2

This allows you to comment on the articles with any others that have the extension installed. You can also get a feed of all of the comments on any post here.

You can download the add-on from his site (as well as download the Greasemonkey script version). Tell us what you think of it.

Also, if you’ve done something interesting with Intense Debate please let us know.

Posted by Jon Fox in features

31 Jan 2008

Join our team!


Here at Intense Debate we’re growing quickly…so quickly in fact that we’re looking for a couple new additions to our team. We’re based in Boulder, CO and participated in the TechStars program this past summer. We’re looking to fill 3 new positions, a brief description of each follows:

Technology Evangelist (full time)

We’re seeking a real web maniac who enjoys reaching out to publishers and engaging them in conversations about how to make our product better for them.
The ideal candidate will be a strong communicator, web savvy, and be capable of handling basic technical support for our important customers.

Software Engineer (full time)

We are looking for an outstandingly talented developer with an in-depth knowledge of PHP and Javascript. You must be fast, flexible, and very self-motivated, and have a passion for startups! Familiarity with blogs/blogging and MySQL databases are pluses.

Bookkeeper / Accountant (part time)

See the full description here.

If you’re interested in any of these roles please email us at jobs@intensedebate.com.  Also be sure to keep an eye on our new jobs page to see these and future postings.

Come join our team, and be a part of this exciting adventure, as we build the best comment system on the web!

Posted by Jon Fox in News

21 Jan 2008

Our newest member


Today we’re happy to announce the newest member to the Intense Debate team, Tom Keller.  Tom joins us as our new CEO and we look forward to working with him.   Here’s a brief bio from the about us page.

Tom has more than 20 years’ experience in finance and high tech. Prior to joining IntenseDebate, Tom served as CEO at ClickCaster, where he helped reposition the company and guide it to profitability. Previously, Tom founded and was President and CEO of Net Infrastructure Corporation for 6 years. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree from the University of Washington, and a Master of Science degree in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University.

Glad to have you as part of the team Tom.  We’ve got a lot of exciting things to announce in the coming weeks, so be sure to subscribe to this blog if you haven’t already.

Posted by Jon Fox in News

18 Jan 2008

New forums


Here at Intense Debate, customer support and feedback are both extremely important to us.  As such we’re happy to announce that we’ve switched to a new system for our forums.  We’ll now be using Satisfaction as our forum system for customer support, feedback, or just to talk about Intense Debate.  It offers many advantages and we hope it will provide a better experience to our users when trying to find answers to their questions or leave feedback to help us improve our comment system.  We’ll still keep the old forums around though in case anyone prefers that or wants to see past discussions.  Please give it a try and let us know how you feel about it.

Posted by Jon Fox in News

13 Jan 2008

Intense Debate…now with sorting

Today we’re happy to announce another release, although this one probably won’t be as noticeable as some in the past.  Last night we released a completely rewritten loading system for our comments.  We’ve also completely redone our caching procedures, upgraded our infrastructure, and even optimized our server configurations a bit.  So what does all this mean?  Well, it’s all geared toward making the comments load faster than ever before.  You should start seeing noticeable improvements in our comment system’s load time.

Also, something that is a little more obvious is the addition of the sorting options to the comment system.  You can now sort by date (like a more traditional comment system would), comment rating (what it’s always done up till now), and most recent activity, which orders them by putting the most recent comments at the top, making it easier than ever to keep track of how the conversation is progressing and organize the comments how you want them.

We’ve got a lot of changes in progress right now and lots of exciting things happening in the next few weeks…we’ll let you know as it unfolds.

Posted by Jon Fox in features

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