Q&A With A Disqus Engineer

Posted by Sabra Mwaura on September 18, 2019 • ... comments


As Disqus continues to grow and evolve, we want to take a pause and highlight some of the hardworking and very talented team members that make the company what it is today. This week, we chose to interview one of our incredibly skilled backend engineers to give you a sense of what it’s like to work here and how we like to operate. 🤓

4 Strategies Publishers Can Learn From Gothamist

Posted by Sabra Mwaura on September 11, 2019 • ... comments


Attracting readers to your site and getting them to regularly come back is no easy feat, especially in an environment that is constantly changing shape. Experimenting with new strategies, and adjusting existing ones when needed, is the best way to adapt to this evolving digital landscape. One of our major objectives at Disqus is to equip our publishers with all the tips, tools, and knowledge they need to accomplish that. This week, we decided to look at one of our favorite Disqus sites, Gothamist, as a source of strategy inspiration. ✨

Create Your Own Custom Reactions

Posted by Sabra Mwaura on September 04, 2019 • ... comments

Last year we released reactions to give publishers and commenters a new way to engage and since that time over 70 Million reactions have been posted globally! Today we are releasing an upgraded reactions feature, that provides more creative freedom for our Pro and Business publishers. They can customize their site reactions and we can’t wait to see the creative ways they use this feature to engage their communities. We’ll post some of our favorites on Instagram and Twitter in the coming weeks.

Busting 4 Blogging Myths

Posted by Sabra Mwaura on August 28, 2019 • ... comments

Although blogging has been around for more than two decades, there are still a number of misconceptions about this form of writing. From worries about qualifications to fears that the blogging trend itself is on the outs, these false impressions leave some people feeling apprehensive about the process. Today we are here to bust those myths and set the record straight! We gathered a handful of statements that we hear quite often and debunked them one by one to put any blogging unease to rest… so let’s straighten things out once and for all! 

Diversify Your Content with Interviews

Posted by Kathryn LaBarbera on August 14, 2019 • ... comments

Consistently creating original and valuable content is tricky. When you’re regularly publishing new articles, it can be challenging to brainstorm fresh and relevant topics. A reliable and consistent supply of content, however, is important to keep readers engaged, loyal, and invested in your site. This is not to say you need to churn out several pieces of content a day to keep your audience interested, but you do need to remain a dependable source of quality information. So what do you do when it’s time for a new post, but you’ve exhausted all of your recent thoughts and ideas? Interviewing experts within your industry is a great way to generate fresh, new content!  🙌

Build Your Online Community with Live Events

Posted by Kathryn LaBarbera on August 07, 2019 • ... comments

Calling all publishers looking to take their audience-building-efforts to the next level. We have the answer for you: live events!  🎉 If you’re a publisher just starting out, don’t hit the back button quite yet. While you may want to focus on establishing your online presence and nurturing an involved, on-site community first, live events are a useful strategy you can employ down the road, and it’s never too early to start planning! 

Saying Goodbye to Disqus Channels

Posted by Sabra Mwaura on August 01, 2019 • ... comments

Today we are announcing with a heavy heart, a change to Disqus Channels. As many are aware, the Channels ecosystem has changed shape since the time of its roll-out. 

Over this time, we’ve seen an increasing number of Terms Of Service violations in the channel sphere, which requires increasing resources from the Customer Support team. Due to the high volume and nature of the Terms of Service violations present in the Channels system, we ultimately decided to remove Channels from Disqus entirely. We made this decision with the goal of keeping everyone’s best interest in mind. Our Customer Support team is dedicated to improving the Disqus experience for both commenters and publishers, and removing Channels will allow them to devote more time and effort to this objective. 

Leveraging Instagram to Boost Your Content Strategy

Posted by Kathryn LaBarbera on July 29, 2019 • ... comments

Instagram is one of the leading social media platforms, with 1 billion active monthly users. The popularity of the platform, especially amongst younger audiences (over ⅔ of users are under 35), makes it an attractive outlet for publishers looking to extend their reach and promote their brand. Instagram is also a highly engaged platform with various opportunities to create content aimed at prompting user responses, which ultimately helps publishers connect with audiences and build loyalty🤩 

What Disqus Commenters Are Saying About The Lion King

Posted by Kathryn LaBarbera on July 25, 2019 • ... comments

One of this summer’s hottest films hit theaters last Friday, and this highly anticipated live action rendition of The Lion King took us on a rollercoaster of emotions: we laughed, we cried, we cheered, we boo-ed (*cough, cough* Scar). For those who haven’t seen it, I warn you to stop reading now--cause spoilers!--but if you’re familiar with the original, you know what’s coming. In the months leading up to the film, and over the weekend especially, people flocked to the Internet to discuss Disney’s latest remake. From the highest of praise to flat out disappointment, comments about the new Lion King covered an array of sentiments--let’s see what Disqus commenters thought!

Update on Collapsed Replies

Posted by Mario Paganini on July 23, 2019 • ... comments

Today, after careful consideration and much feedback from our commenter community and publishers, we disabled Collapsed Replies across Disqus and reverted to the original thread format. We initially released Collapsed Replies (a new way of displaying comments within long threads) in March. The intention was for it to be the new default experience on Disqus. However, after listening to feedback, we realized that the update, at this time, is not the appropriate default experience.

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