Plug Into Better Commenting With Intense Debate

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Are you using a blogging platform such as WordPress, Blogger, or TypePad? Third-party commenting solution Intense Debate announced the release of several plugins for its service which may help you leverage the power of commenting on your Web property.

If you're not familiar with Intense Debate and services like it (such as Disqus), it is a service for bloggers to "enhance and encourage" the conversation occurring on your blog or website through features like comment threading, or reply by email. Other features like commenter profiles, RSS readers and tracking, widgets, moderation/blacklisting, reputation points and comment voting, and even a simple Twitter integration make this type of service a must-have for serious, social-networking focused websites.

Plugins for Polldaddy (another Automattic company - which also owns WordPress) for embedded polls, Seesmic and YouTube (for displaying videos in blog comments) are available now. Thanks to a recently published API, expect that developers will be pushing out plugins to users of the very active commenting network.

Current users of IntenseDebate need to just log in to their dashboard to see a list of current plugins. Activating a plugin from the account requires you simply select "Activate" next to the plugin in your account. Users will see a comments section on their blog and a plugin icon at the top right of the comment box. To use the plugin, just select the icon - that's it!

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