Thursday, April 25, 2013

We Love Comments!

First of all, I just want to say how much I enjoy reading everyone's comments and feedback that they leave here at Pawsitively Pets. I read each and every comment and really do appreciate them. As some of you may know, Google has implemented a new commenting system that allows followers to comment using Google+. It would allow commenters to easily see replies that I leave on their comments, which wasn't the case before.

I am unsure if I want to start using it though. My pal Oz the Terrier and I were chatting about and we are both pretty interested in using it, but it does have some downsides. The only downside is that you have to have a Google+ profile to leave a comment. No anonymous comments. If you'd like to check it out, you can visit Oz's blog since he might turn it on today.

Also, I've found a way to use both the old Blogger comment system plus the new G+ comment system. If you click the G+ icon below, you can see what it's like. This little trick also has it's flaws. There's also a screenshot I took below.

Here's a screenshot of what it looks like. 
So what I wanted to know from all my followers is this:

Do you have a G+ profile? Would you still leave comments on my blog if you had to use your G+ profile to do so? If you don't have a G+ profile, would you create one to leave a comment?

Sorry for all the questions, but I really am curious to know if changing to Google+ comments would restrict anyone from commenting. I've created a poll below so that I can get a better idea of whether or not I should use the new commenting system. It's much nicer than the old Blogger comment system except for the no anonymous comments thing. Then again, maybe that would limit spam too.

What do you think about Google+ commenting system?
  
pollcode.com free polls 

Again, I really appreciate your feedback and would love to know your thoughts about this! Please put your answer on the poll and of course, feel free to leave a comment! 

31 comments:

  1. I prefer to use our blogger profile for leaving comments although I use google+ too for following people who don't have blogs but i like to keep them separate,xxRachel

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  2. We just use blogger profile and we therefore don't see comments made to our comments. That always seems a pity. Have a terrific Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. There is no way to see the comments on Blogger unless you subscribe to them. :( My biggest pet peeve about Blogger. Just glad there might be a way to fix that.

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  3. Everyone loves comments :) That's the extra bonus on blogging.
    Anyway, for us either way is the same as long as there's no capta (I forgot the spelling)...We still prefer wordpress tho ;)

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  4. I have a google + but am still not all that clear on how to use it correctly or what 2+ means but ill try anything .., well almost anyhow

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    1. Hehe - it does take a bit to get used to I suppose Max. I felt the same way at first, but now I LOVE G+. I think it might be my favorite type of social media.

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  5. I don't know if I have a google+ profile or not. You seem to be leaving comments on my blog which is great and I am leaving one on yours so it must all be working. So it is all good. Have a great day.

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    1. This is actually still the Blogger comment system. I believe that you have a G+ profile Marg because I think I'm friends with you on there. I could be wrong though. If you want to see the G+ comments, go to the top of the comment section and click the G+ icon.

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  6. I won't want to use my personal Google+ account but I wouldn't have any problems if it lets me use my business account to leave comments.

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  7. I don't understand Google + or any of the new gadgets, we are Blond you know.. BOL.. xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

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  8. I'm not a fan of forcing people into one type of social media for any reason. Prior to my getting on FB with my blog, I found it so annoying (and I still do to a point) that companies would run FB exclusive contests..

    I hated having to take anonymous comments off my blog, but I had to because I was getting so badly spammed..

    By limiting yourself, you are making yourself less accessible to people..

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    1. Thank you for the feedback - this is exactly what I am trying to avoid. That's why I have it set up as an option above. I am also starting to get very badly spammed...

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  9. I'm not familiar with the G+ thingy, but I hope I can read about next time (and I hope I can understand it :o)

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  10. yea for sure it is more easy.
    Anyway, i do not use Google +. i have created a account just to leave comments... :-P
    to my mind, the better way would be to use facebook to leave comment on blogs (but it should be a perfect world... ;-D )

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    1. I'm not sure if there is a way to do that with Blogger Thibaud. Facebook is not my favorite form of social media anyways.

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  11. Hey Ann! Awww the new G+ comment system! The way I see it is, it's your blog, do what you want. I will comment however I have to. Heck, most of the time I have to jump through hoops with Captcha on Blogger blogs, so why not try something new? As you said, some ppl aren't on G+ and some of those who are, don't understand it. Wordpress has the Facebook comment system plugin that I see some bloggers use on their blogs. Some use it, some don't. I thought I read that you can keep both G+ comment system AND default Blogger comments enabled at the same time? I'll have to remember where.... hmm... anywho, I'll be commenting either way! Rock on gf!

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    1. It's enabled right now :) Thank you Bren!

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  12. This is looking good on your blog, however I am finding that the G+ comments do not appear on mine...nor do they show in the comment count. I may just switch back to the old commenting system depending on how many do not have G+.
    Thanks for your help.
    Oz

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  13. I WOULD NOT like to use G+ comments ("poll" feedback referenced by Gizmo). I have a G+ page for my blog. I can only use my personal profile comment. The two are separate and never the two shall meet....therefor if I use G+ comments people won't be able to see what my blog is. Also, the posts on my personal page is for a different audience and I prefer that not confuse my pet blog friends.

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    1. I also try to keep things separate, with Facebook anyways.

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  14. We are in the process of de-googling so eventually we will trash our Google+ account as well.

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    1. Thanks for the input Brian, I do remember your de-googling approach.

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  15. I do have a G+ account, but it's under my own name not my blog name! I haven't really looked into using G+ for comments on my blog, so will stick to blogger for the time being. I think it could unnecessarily complicate things and maybe put people off commenting! I stopped commenting on blogs which use other systems eg discus, as you have to have yet another account!

    I am interested to know how you get on though, as I will probably think again! x

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    1. I'll have to let you know - so far it seems as though switching to the new commenting system is not in the best interest of most people. That's what I had figured though.

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  16. Well, I'm terribly confused... I have a G+ account, but don't really know what I'm doing over there.

    I notice when you comment on my blog, and I click on your name, I go to your G+ page, but I really want to go to your blog. So I have to do the extra steps to get there.

    I am sooo confused. I noticed today when I went in to my blogger "design" page that there was something about "turning on Google + comments" - but was worried that if I did that, folks w/out G+ would not be able to comment (and I know I have readers who are not on G+). For now, I just left well enough alone...

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    1. Hey Jackie, that's because I comment using my G+ profile. I don't really know how that all happened because I did like the Blogger profile, but for some reason Blogger made me convert awhile back.

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  17. Hmm.. I have a G+ account and I admit to not using it as often. Interesting that Blogger is forcing you to have a G+ account to comment. I would hope it doesn't drive readers away. Good luck to you. I wanted to share a wonderful award with you and even though you're not a part of the WordPress family..*hugs* Please got to http://peacelovenwhiskers.com/about/awards/ to claim it. =^..^= Thank you so much for all you do.

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    1. Well, they aren't forcing us... yet anyways. There are lots of commenting options for Blogger, but it's just a new thing. Thank you for the award!

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  18. We don't have Google+ and won't get it. We remember when if you had Google+ and had a blog with a different profile name, they would delete it. Too risky.

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    1. Hmmm that's interesting... I think I've heard something similar to that before. No matter anyways, since I won't be using this but I figured that would be the case anyways.

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  19. The problem I have with the G+ accounts is that if someone leave a comment on my blog & I want to leave a comment on their blog in return often I'm not allowed to do so if I'm not in their circles.

    Would you mind sending me an e-mail at PBU at comcast dot net with how I would make it so that readers can use either. Also, could you elaborate on the flaws that you have found doing that?

    Thanks so much,
    Pam & Oskar

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