I’ve decided to begin using Livefyre to deal with comments on The Hypnotism Weekly. If you don’t know what Livefyre is it’s a great platform to interact all over the web, or at least on those websites which use it. It’s free to join and it has some very interesting features which I’m going to describe briefly. In a couple of words Livefyre rocks!
The reasons why I’ve chosen it instead of the WordPress Comment system is first that Livefyre improves conversations and rewards commenters who have an account with it with a link back to their last post on their own website. That is if you leave a comment here, and have a Livefyre account, you get a link to your content, a pretty good way to spread the word on what you write while at the same time rewarding the blog you’re reading with a comment. Two doves with a stone, so to speak.
Second Livefyre lets you like and rate other people comments and share them, if you like, on Twitter and Facebook plus lets you follow automatically conversations so that you can know of any update and keep in touch, know new people and find interesting stuff on the net. Just by reading comments and interacting with others. Obviously this also means that if you make a sound, interesting comment it can be liked and shared too so increasing the chance that your own website gets visited. Can you see how useful Livefyre can be?
I especially like the feature of tweeting your comment as it allows to automatically share with your followers on Twitter what you’re reading and tweets about the post. Another two doves with a stone feature.
Third you can write a comment on a website using Livefyre without logging in or having an account but as a guest, or you can use social networks to sign in. Comments and answers are in real time and at any given moment you can know how many people are on a particular page. This is a kind of real time chat feature and you can read a good explanation of it at Danny Brown’s blog. Really, it has so many features that seems incredible.
Last, Livefyre is free to use. Well there is a pro Livefyre plan with enhanced features but given that with the free plan you can get up to 2 millions monthly views unless you are a really big player the free plan is more than enough. Also, even if it’s a free service the support is first class, I’ve asked a question and received an answer in less than a day, usually hours. Not so common on free services right? And the link back is surely a good reason to open a free account at Livefyre.
This is why I’ve decided to use Livefyre at The Hypnotism Weekly, it makes it easier for you to write a comment and the link back to your own content is a way to say “thank you”, plus it makes it easier for me to keep in touch with commenters and discover interesting stuff to read on the net. A real win – win situation. Also, it has already helped me to make new friends.
Now, I’d like to know your opinion on Livefyre: is it easy to use or did you prefer the old WordPress comment system? What are your thoughts? Do you like it or not?