New CNET comment system: Is it better?

The Echo system pulls in comments from elsewhere on the Web and lets you authenticate with multiple social-network sites. Do you like it?

We've been testing a new commenting system called Echo on my Deep Tech blog for a few weeks, and now we're looking for your thoughts about it.

What do you like or dislike about reading and posting comments using Echo? How do you think Echo could be improved?

Echo comment system

One thing we like about Echo: it allows readers to comment on our stories by logging in through CNET or through various social networks of their choosing. For example, there may some readers who don't want to create a CNET account.

Also, Echo collects some conversation about our stories that happen elsewhere on the Web, including Twitter. And it pulls in new comments in real time; you might notice new ones arrive as you're typing or reading comments. One goal with Echo is to make it easier for more users to participate in the discussion and to pull in relevant conversation about CNET stories, even if they happen on a different domain.

If you haven't used it yet, now's a good chance to try it out. Your comments will help us decide our future direction.

About the author

Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.


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