Disqus is a commenting service for blogs, news sites, and online communities. Founded in 2007 by Daniel Ha (@danielha) and Jason Yan (@jasonyan), the platform includes various features, such as social integration, social networking, user profiles, spam and moderation tools, analytics, email notifications, and mobile commenting.
Today, the Disqus commenting platform is used by over half a billion people across some of the largest sites on the web, including Engadget, CNN, Fox News, Daily Telegraph and IGN as well as about 750,000 blogs and websites.
We’re using Disqus on all LexBlog blogs which have upgraded to WordPress, mine included. One, because it works pretty well (with some WordPress integration bugs) and two, because of our building an online network of lawyers from around the world (LXBN), which could be done in part through tracking comments and profiles through Disqus.
Here’s my profile on Disqus. You’ll reach the profile when you click on my mug next to any comment I’ve left on LexBlog blogs which have been upgraded to WordPress as well on other blogs and news sites around the net.
A big shortcoming for professionals is the absence of LinkedIn being one of the connected services on Disqus. A Disqus user’s LinkedIn profile need not display at the top of the Disqus profile, a custom ‘Disqus profile’ ala a Twitter profile could be displayed. We just need a link to our LinkeIn profiles as Disqus offers users for Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.
LinkedIn is a professional’s profile record — not only for hundreds of thousands of lawyers, but also for millions of other professionals around the world.
As the net advances and becomes more social, web services’ companies need to act in an interdependent capacity. Adding LinkeIn to Disqus makes Disqus even more valuable to networks, including LXBN’s.
When I mentioned this to Disqus a couple months ago, they said they hadn’t thought of it and would consider the addition. Why not include LinkedIn on Disqus?