Just got this email from TDB. I imagine some of you did also;
We’ve got exciting news.
Thanks to all the feedback we’ve had from readers during the past few months, we’re launching a new and improved commenting platform on The Daily Beast on Monday, July 23.
So why the change?
As The Daily Beast’s readership has expanded from just a few thousand readers in 2008 to, most recently, some 12 million Beasties each month (up 57% over last year!), we noticed the need for an improved commenting experience that focuses on elevating the level of discourse between commenters.
We wanted one where you could help us spotlight the best and brightest comments, more seamlessly share our stories with your friends across the social web, and–as we feel is important to any lively discussion–have the choice to sign in through Facebook, Twitter, or email. The choice is yours.
To achieve that, we worked with the whip smart folks at Livefyre, a company based out of San Francisco smack in the heart of the American tech scene. You can read more about the product on their website, if you’d like.
But know this: it’s fast, efficient, and has a low-tolerance for spam and trolls. It’s also deeply hooked into the social web, and empowers readers to edit their own comments, moderate threads, add rich text, images, and video from pre-approved sources.
If you’re a commenter now with an active account, don’t fret. You won’t have to do anything and your account will continue to work. If you’re a reader who doesn’t currently comment–or perhaps you did but have not for a while–we encourage you to hop on in and try it out. To register, just click the “Sign In” button at the top-left corner of any page. You can create a commenting account using your favorite social network or an email address.
We hope you like what we’ve built, and we invite you to stay in touch with feedback and recommended tweaks as we adjust to the new platform. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for being a Beast.
Social Media Editor
Newsweek & The Daily Beast
Don’t know who first started using the intensifier with the salutation, but whoever it was has a lot to answer for.
Anyway, looks like MT will get a workable blog platform after all. Good for him. He’s sure been getting some long comment threads (3000 almost, sometimes) but they are choked up miserably with trolling and impossible to hold conversations on. If they can tidy things up a little somehow, it might work OK.