The Now/ledge

A Guide to the 'Now' Revolution in News / by Alan Soon

Building a community around conversations with Disqus @mentions

Disqus has taken a big step forward in building communities around conversations.

In a big update to the popular commenting service, Disqus rolled out new feature called @mentions. It allows users to pull in other users into the conversation by using the @ symbol in front of names. This is something that’s almost second nature to Twitter users more recently, Facebook.

This is a smart move for Disqus. @mentions are a great way to bring back traffic — an instant boost to page views.

Disqus explained in its blog post, “Before @mentions, commenting threads were an island. There wasn’t a way to reach out to people who weren’t already participating.” That makes sense.

The feature isn’t limited to just Disqus users — @mentions also supports pulling in users from Twitter. Brilliant.


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