3 Mar 2010

Introducing WordPress.com User Accounts & Auto-Login to IntenseDebate

We are extremely excited to introduce WordPress.com user accounts and auto-login to IntenseDebate and open up the debate to more than 12 million commenters and bloggers.  Now WordPress.com users can comment on IntenseDebate-enabled websites anywhere on the Web without having to re-enter their account information.

While we’ve added Facebook Connect and Twitter Sign-In support, there are still too many steps and mouse clicks between you and posting a comment. We’re all about making commenting easier and more accessible to as many people as possible, and we think you’ll agree that this is a huge leap forward.  Commenting with IntenseDebate is now easier, faster, and simpler.

WordPress.com users post nearly 400,000 new comments every day, and now they are all automatically logged in to comment on your blog. And that’s not to mention the addition of over 20,000 new users every day!

So what does this mean for you?

  • If you’re a WordPress.com user and you’re logged into your account, then you’ll automatically be logged into IntenseDebate as well.  All you have to do is type your comment and hit submit.
  • You can login with your WordPress.com account directly from the comment section and at IntenseDebate.com.
  • If you already have an IntenseDebate account then you can just keep on commenting as normal.

This means that unlike Facebook Connect and Twitter Sign-In, there are no extra clicks, and no need to remember another set of login credentials. It also means that more than 12 million WordPress.com users will be able to comment on your blog with full-fledged IntenseDebate profiles, without having to create an account or enter any details. How’s that for motivating the conversation?

Better yet, since these profiles aren’t third-party accounts, you (and all your new users) will have access to all of the awesome features that IntenseDebate is famous for: email notifications, reply-by-email, reputation scores, comment voting, comment history, Twitter integration, and more.

If you already have both IntenseDebate and WordPress.com accounts, don’t worry – we will be merging your accounts in the next phase of our integration, so keep commenting!

Commenting on your site just got a whole lot easier for millions of existing bloggers and commenters.

Welcome to the debate WordPress.com lovers! 🙂

Posted by Michael Koenig in community,features,News

22 Jan 2010

IntenseDebate at WordCamp Boston

WordCamp Boston 2010
WordCamp Boston is tomorrow, and I’m on my way out to the East Coast to attend (and try some New England clam chowder). If you’re in the Boston area or are planning on attending WordCamp, drop me a line on Twitter to meetup. I’ve got swanky new IntenseDebate stickers for your laptop! 🙂

In case you’re not familiar with it:

WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. WordCamps are open to WordPress.com and WordPress.org users alike.

Posted by Michael Koenig in community

11 Jan 2010

Localization Update: 22 New Translations Need Your Review

Exciting news!  We have 22 newly translated languages that are nearly ready for prime-time, but we need your help.  We used a Google Translate tool to generate them, and we’re looking for volunteers to review these translations for any grammatical and contextual errors.  If you’re interested, please email us at labs@intensedebate.com and we’ll send you the translation along with some instructions. Thanks!

Translations to be reviewed:

Afrikaans Finnish Hungarian Latvian Portuguese (PT) Tagalog
Albanian Galician Icelandic Macedonian Romanian Thai
Belarusian Greek Indonesian Maltese Serbian
Chinese Hindi Korean Persian Swahili

We offer 24 translations that are currently available in your account at http://intensedebate.com/edit-site-account:

Arabic Czech Filipino Lithuanian Russian Spanish (ES)
Bulgarian Danish French Malay Slovak Swedish
Catalan English German Polish Slovene Turkish
Croatian Estonian Italian Portuguese (BR) Spanish (LA) Ukrainian

And we have a few translations that are nearing completion: Dutch, Hebrew, Japanese, Norwegian Bokmål, and Vietnamese.

Don’t see your language? Give us a hand!
If you’re interested in getting involved, now is the perfect time! Please email us at labs@intensedebate.com for information. Thanks!

Posted by Michael Koenig in community,features

18 Dec 2009

Beau Lebens Demos IntenseDebate at WordCamp NYC 2009

Last month Beau spoke at WordCamp NYC and he had the opportunity to demo IntenseDebate. Since we thought internet access might be a problem, Beau pre-recorded a screencast (using iShowU for Mac) running through all the features, then just talked over the top. The first video (below) is the pre-recorded screencast, and the second video provides audio and some shots of Beau speaking. Play them both at the same time and it’s like you’re actually there!

The screencast:

Audio & shots of Beau:

You can read Beau’s full post at his blog, DentedReality.

Posted by Michael Koenig in community,News

18 Dec 2009

IntenseDebate at WordCamp Indonesia 2010!

WordCampID – January 30, 2010Exciting news: Beau and I are heading to Jakarta next month on behalf of Automattic (our parent company) and IntenseDebate to speak at WordCamp Indonesia!  IntenseDebate is a proud sponsor of this WordCamp.  If you’re in the region, book your tickets around January 30, 2010 and come and chat about WordPress with a bunch of like-minded folks! Grab a WCID badge for your blog and help spread the word (there’s a badge for you even if you’re not attending).

Hopefully we can get IntenseDebate translated to Indonesian in time. If anyone wants to help, please email me at labs@intensedebate.com.

In case you’re not familiar with it:

WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. WordCamps are open to WordPress.com and WordPress.org users alike.

Posted by Michael Koenig in community,News

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