30 Oct 2007

Open Beta Launch+New Features

Today we enter an open beta where any publisher with a Typepad, Blogger, WordPress, or website can add an Intense Debate comment system to their site. Over the past few months we have made many site upgrades and bug fixes to get to where we are today and, while not perfect, we felt pushing a launch now would put Intense Debate in a great position moving forward.

While we open our site, we also make new features available that make Intense Debate truly special. We have heard from our critics that to be a true friend to the publisher and user we must use OpenID. We agree. Intense Debate will now make an OpenID sign up available to users. OpenID will make it easier for users to sign up for our service and also makes us not “another login.”

We have also made a great upgrade for our publishers in how our comments display. Now someone can click on their comment link and see the comments drop down from the actual post. This keeps the reader from having to go to a separate page to view and make comments. For readers who want to read the comments in a new window, we are now making this functionality available as well. Many users on video sites enjoy this so we felt compelled to build it.  You can adjust this feature from the blog settings page in your Intense Debate admin panel.

With all the new features you might overlook our new design elements. The new homepage is almost entirely redesigned with a new header that runs throughout the site and an intro video to spotlight our most important features. The new design makes better use of space and will help with usability.

We have also added some options for those with Typepad or Blogger blogs. We now offer an install on all of your posts or just those with no comments. Previously, we only offered an install on posts with no comments.

Sometimes it isn’t easy to know all that we offer. As mentioned before, we now have an intro video. To be even more clear, we have created a features page with some lengthier descriptions. Check it out!

And as if all this wasn’t enough, we’ve also included a completely new user dashboard.  Find out all kinds of great statistics about you and your friends.  See the latest comments from you, your friends, or all of Intense Debate.  Also get the latest news and updates on what’s happening with Intense Debate.  We put everything you need in one convenient location.

Along with the new features several bugs have been fixed. The most notable pertains to our login system which has been completely rebuilt to make it more scalable and solve some firewall issues.

We continue to search out feedback. Please feel free to drop us a line anytime at contactus@intensedebate.com

Posted by Isaac Keyet in Blogger,News,TypePad,WordPress Plugin

7 Aug 2007

Intense Debate Closed Beta Release

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Today marks the beginning of a great period for Intense Debate. We are announcing our move to a closed Beta. We feel that our system has solidified so that it is somewhat stable and therefore denotes the move from “Alpha” to “Beta.”

Over the past week we have partnered with some great blogs who have been very patient with us. So, to Political Grind, Stix, and David…thank you.

Speaking of David, he has a great post today about us over at Colorado Startups. Also today, Brad Feld wrote a post about the problem we are addressing and how we have approached it.

All in all, we are very pleased with our progress as we are adding more blogs everyday. If you want to be including in our testing, sign up and we will be in touch! Cheers.

Posted by Isaac Keyet in News

24 Apr 2007

So, Now We Are Important

After our selection to TechStars we have a new, brash confidence. The selection has given us instant credibility.

So, where do we go from here? There are several things up in the air. We are in the process of changing servers to the “free” servers provided by a TechStars sponsor. Plus, there are some business things to be tied up.

The good news is, we expect to launch an alpha for some friends and family once we get settled into Boulder. This will be followed by a beta period, which we promise will end at some point in the future.

Sure, we could rush a product to market, but we feel the user experience would not be optimal, bugs would be more prevalent, and plus we want to listen to some of our new mentors and marinate on what they advise us on.

The bottomline is we want quality to be above standard and give people plenty of reason to comeback.

In the meantime, catch up with what we are experiencing on a personal level at Jon’s new blog. Isaac and Josh will be creating blogs too. The reason why we will all blog on our own is to bring three different perspectives to the table.

Posted by Jon Fox in News

16 Jan 2007

Welcome…

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This is the inaugural post for us here at the new IntenseDebate.com.

This blog will be used to introduce ourselves and some of the things we are working on.

From time to time we will release screenshots and talk about ideas we have about our site and the way the web is moving.

For now, I implore you to sign up for our beta testing when we will allow the general public to view our creation for the first time.

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