If you're a regular visitor to my site, you may have noticed that I've upgraded my commenting system to make it easier to navigate and, I hope, more pleasant to look at. I'm using TypePad Connect, and the main new features are:
- Threaded commenting: Now we can respond directly to each other's comments. No more "@Ben:" or "@L.B.:" prefixes from me. Yay!
- Profile pictures: Your lovely mug can accompany each comment.
- TypePad profiles: If you choose to register with TypePad Connect, you can maintain a consistent ID that aggregates your comment activity across TypePad Connect enabled blogs. The system also integrates with OpenID.
- Improved spam protection: An ugly fact of life, unfortunately. I'm hoping this new system will enable me to spend less time sorting out the bad stuff.
You can register, upload a photo or avatar, and make full use of this system for free. If you prefer not to sign up, you can still post your comments just as you have in the past and make use of the new threading system. Whatever works for you.
FYI, this system is free and also available to bloggers who use other services like Movable Type, Wordpress, Blogger, and Tumblr.
I want to thank my friend Brinstar at Acid for Blood who implemented TypePad Connect on her blog awhile back, tested it, and gave it a thumbs up. I'm always a bit hesitant to implement new features here until I'm sure they won't break things. I appreciate Brinstar kicking the tires for all of us on this one.
Give it a try and let me know what you think.