I've already use it on several our sites with success and today I included Facebook comments on my blog as a test.
I am pretty convinced that it is at least worth checking out (if for nothing, it's very easy to setup on a WordPress blog with a plugin like this one).
Currently I like the idea so much, I might even remove the blog commenting system entirely in the future (preserving the old comments, just removing the comment form).
Here are some pros and cons in this Facebook vs Blog Comments match up.
1. With Facebook comments you don't have to worry about spam at all
This is a big deal in a world when spam commenting is such a menace. Yes, spammers could start creating spam Facebook accounts, but Facebook will have interest to hunt them down.
2. Blog comments have better management
You can manage comments from your blog admin. Facebook comments have less management capability. But then again you need management mostly to get rid of spam anyway so Facebook comments don't really need it that much.
3. Facebook comments use profile image
Facebook comments look better as every one will have an image, while with blog comments you at best get a gravatar image (if it exists).
4. Facebook comments can be posted on the user's profile
A big thing, both for the visitor and the blog owner. The visitor can share their view on a topic with a click of the mouse, while the blog owner benefits from the increased exposure. And it's all automatic. A win-win scenario.
5. With Facebook comments somebody else manages your comments
Both a good a and a bad thing. We've seen services like Disqus which tried to do this before, but they never took off. Facebook owns your comments, you can't change them, and if there is no Facebook one day you will lose your comments as well.
6. If you don't have Facebook account you can't comment
Well you can actually if you enable anonymous comments but then you are back to the spam issues. I am not worried that much as I suppose everyone reading this blog has the Facebook account already.
7. Facebook comments can't be styled
You are stuck with what Facebook offers, which is currently two templates a light and a dark one. If that doesn't match your theme, you can't do nothing about it.
8. Facebook comments are much easier to make
If you are logged into Facebook, there is no filling of forms, annoying captchas etc. It takes seconds to write a comment which could improve the number of comments as well.
9. Easily make friends with people who comment
With one click on the link you will go to the person's Facebook profile and you can connect to them. On the other hand blog comments usually have a website link so you are able to find the person's website faster if that is what interests you.
10. Facebook comments are not indexable (yet)
What do you think?
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