The Google Plus Comments Experiment Revisited

G+ Communities

One of the biggest challenges bloggers face is building a highly engaged community. We all lead busy lives and face daily decisions about how and where to spend our time.

In December 2012 I shared a post about Google Plus communities and discussed my hope and curiosity about whether it would be a useful resource for community building and increasing engagement.

Overall I have been quite pleased with the impact and effect that Google Plus has had which is why last week I began the great Google Plus comment experiment here.

Results, Response and Feedback

Thus far the results have been quite positive and I have noticed a distinct uptick in activity in both commenting and traffic. The response from you has mirrored that and overall things continue to look quite promising.

There are two issues that I am working on now.

  1. There is a big gap between the Google Plus box and the Livefyre commenting box. That space disappears when people comment using Google Plus. Still I wonder if the gap causes people to miss the Livefyre commenting box and come away with the impression that comments are not available.
  2. Notifications about new Google Plus comments are a bit rough. If the comment doesn’t address me directly I don’t notice the comments unless I go looking for them.

Next Steps

Earlier today I tried using the Comments Evolved plugin that Danny Brown mentioned in the initial post about Google Plus comments. I had a couple technical hiccups associated with it that made me turn it off not long after I turned it on.

I couldn’t get Livefyre and Disqus to work as tabs.

Now it is possible that there is an easy technical solution to this and that I just missed it. I didn’t have a lot of time to devote to trying to figure¬† out what the issue was so I deactivated the plugin.

I’ll try to take another look at it later and figure out how to fix it.

I also want to take a hard look at notifications in general so that I know people are being made aware of additional comments and we can facilitate a deeper and more engaged conversation.

What About You?

Do you have any thoughts, comments or ideas to share? I would love to hear them.

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