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Google+ Commenting Platform

New is swirling that Google is about to launch a rival commenting platform to Facebook.

http://thenextweb.com/google/2012/03/27/google-to-launch-third-party-commenting-platform-to-rival-facebook/

I'm not sure if this will get the adoption Google is hoping for. There is definitely a chicken-and-egg problem here. A Google login is still not as ubiquitous yet as a Facebook. It's hard enough to get people to use their Facebook account to leave comments, the additional hurdle of getting them to use their Google login might be too much for a blog or website.

I do think that sites can benefit from better spam filters than what Facebook can provide (https://plus.google.com/110581693083408452344/posts/ZzsCsDqxPo4) so maybe that will help Google out with adoption.

I'm actually more interested in the vanity URL's that are mentioned at the end of the article. I took care of the problem myself (http://terrencelui.com) but really think its long overdue that Google+ gets nice short URLs.

Do you think a Google commenting platform can rival Facebooks? What problems do you see for Google competing in this space?
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Personally, I'd much prefer a Google commenting platform. I'm always hesitant to use Facebook to login or comment via other services. When given the option, I almost always choose to setup my own account, usually using my Gmail address for my login. I guess I just take Google more seriously. I think of Google as tools and Facebook as a toy.
 
I will put them on my sites for sure as soon as they are available.
 
I don't know if Google+ (or G+ external commenting plugin) will ever be successful as Facebook, but it's not the point. Google should keep trying, should not give up. Facebook can't be the only social game in town, it's just not right.
 
I'm glad that they'll have vanity URL's. I actually think that it is silly that they didn't have them earlier.
 
+Bethany H. Moore , I agree, which is why I just pointed my name URL to my Google+ account. Made it much simpler to tell people how to find me.
 
I think it will meet the same resistance as the FB and twitter commenting systems in that ppl don't want to necessarily aggregate all their online doings in one place. But since there isn't a good alternative to FB, I think that this will do well.
 
+Mary Higgins , i agree. I feels strange to me for whatever reason to comment using Facebook's system so I've always kind of avoided it.
 
The key here for Google is integration of “excellent” services. Make it easier for users online and you'll see change of behavior. I've often come across articles I was inclined to comment, only to be stopped by having to register, log in, and then comment for each respective site. I suppose it would have been worth the time and effort if I got all all my news from one site, but this isn't the case. I'm usually logged into my G account when surfing the web. I'd probably use this new third party commenting system and I'm pretty sure many others will too.
 
I'm not a fan of signing into things via facebook, but somehow I'm okay with the idea if it's google (perhaps because I'm highly integrated with Google). I think Google can create a great commenting platform, and I feel that I've been waiting for one for a long time (I use google sites, but it's not integrated well with other google products or include a neat forum option). The fact that Google+ works so well, my hope is their commenting system will be just as good.
 
+Christopher Ortiz , i'm optimistic as well. The commenting system here is better than on Facebook except for the inability to do pictures and video within comments. Its odd considering that Google does better in this regard on the original post.
 
+Terrence Lui, my hope is that this latest "feature" is a tangible sign that Google finally recognizes that they need to build a system that works for business first and people second. Time will tell.

That said, I agree completely with what +Christopher Ortiz and +Mary Higgins outlined in their comments.
 
I don't ever comment if there is a facebook-only login.
Facebook has lost my trust over the years; they should have been better stewards of our information. We should, for example, be able to delete accounts and our entire content (FB has been saying for 4 year they're working on that) or export all of our posts & other info (right now, it's very limited and archaic). And the "Like" button on sites acts as a tracker? How is it that the FCC investigates Google for unifying its logins across its products (duh! of course they should), and they don't investigate that FB is tracking its users and logging the sites they visit (if the site has a "like" button, even if you don't press it, FB logs that). Needless to say I suspended my account in October. On the other hand Google, if they mess up, they fess up. So they've earned my trust.
It's all about being good stewards of people's stuff, not feel entitled to it like FB does.
 
I've often hoped for google comment integration, and I actually think they'll be able to see widespread adoption merely by virtue of their ownership of blogger. Once it is all over blogger, it is much easier to imagine it showing up other places.
 
+Rory Carmichael , I agree, if they integrate it in closely with Blogger. However, I've been kind of disappointed with a lot of the integration efforts to date.
 
Any idea when they will make it available?
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