Blog owners with third-party comment engines don’t have to wait much longer to get Facebook Connect integrated on their blogs. Today, Disqus, one of the leading third-party comment engines, became the first of its type to integrate Facebook Connect. In an announcement on their blog:
This holiday season, Disqus will enable all websites with Disqus-powered comments to easily integrate with Facebook Connect.
Few details have been released, but it would appear that soon you will get all the features you currently get on the Disqus comment engine, including reply-by-email commenting, threaded comments (only recently added to WordPress), backup of every comment posted to your blog, with the same power given to blog owners to continue to store the comments on their own blogs as Disqus has always given. In addition, blogs will be given the opportunity to seamlessly allow for Facebook-integrated identity of users that comment using Facebook Connect and the Disqus engine, at a very minimum.
As widget developers such as Sociable work to create plugins for WordPress and other blogs, some implementations of such have been buggy. Reports of WordPress MU instances breaking from the install, along with various login issues and other such occurrences of problems have made some hesitant to install the widget. With Disqus’s reputation thus far of a strong code-base and loyalty to bloggers, one could hope blog owners now have a fully integrated solution they can work with.
Such announcement comes on the heels of news Inside Facebook broke last night regarding new rules for Facebook Connect widget developers. The announcement seemed to go against companies such as Disqus, preventing 4th parties from dealing directly with users. However, Disqus appears to be trying to get around this by forcing site owners to set up their own applications on Facebook (instead of Disqus creating a global application, for instance), and requiring site owners to enter their own application key.
The change isn’t live yet, but site owners with Disqus implementations can sign up to have it turned on as soon as it’s ready by logging into Disqus and adding the application key for their development instance of their blog on the settings tab at Disqus.com. Blog owners can get application keys by creating development instances of their blog at http://developers.facebook.com. If you need help integrating it with your blog, just let us know and we’ll be happy to help.