Following the Intensedebate, Disqus, and Facebook, Google is entering the third-party comments system–with launching Google+ comments on its blogging platform “Blogger.com.”
“Starting today, you can bring Google+ Comments to your Blogger blog. Once you’ve enabled the feature through your Blogger Dashboard,” Google announced.
To get started with Google+ Comments, just visit the Google+ tab of your Blogger Dashboard, and check “Use Google+ Comments.”
Note, 1. Older comments will continue to appear in the new widget.
2. Google+ Comments is only available to those with a Google+ profile and who have connected it with their blog.
Those, who’ve not upgraded their Blogger profile to a Google+ profile, can do so, by clicking the Google+ tab on the Blogger dashboard. “Once your blog(s) is linked to a Google+ profile, a new ‘Use Google+ Comments’ setting will be displayed on the Google+ tab of your blog,” explains Google.
3. Additionally, the comment management feature of Blogger will no longer available.
4. Google+ Comments isn’t available for private blogs and for blogs with adult content.
5. Also, note, that the Google+ Comments are embedded as an iframe and the comments are no longer included inside the Blogger page.
Benefits of Google+ Comments include:
In all cases, you and your readers will only see the comments you have permission to see.
View your blog and Google+ comments, all in one place. Now when you browe through a blog’s comment threads, you’ll see activity from direct visitors, and from people talking about your content on Google+. This helps you engage with more of your readers, all in one place.
“For example, if there’s a public Google+ discussion about one of your blog entries, those comments and replies will also appear on your Blogger blog,” google explains.
Help readers comment and connect with their circles. Blog readers will now have the option to comment publicly, or privately to their circles on Google+. And when “they’re browsing blog comments, they can view all of them, just the top ones, or only those from the people in their circles,” google adds.
Update 04/23: Those looking to integrate Google+ Comments in to their non-Blogger based sites can do so now. Note since this is an unofficial way to add Google+ Comments, Google can always change the code or remove some features.
Note: Replace [URL] with the address of your page.
Here’s the code (via Browsing the Net):
- Edit your website and add this HTML:
Valid HTML5 code:
- If you want to insert a comments counter, add this HTML code instead of
or a valid HTML5 version instead of
If you prefer to load Google+ Comments dynamically, insert this HTML code:
Similarly with Google+ Comments Counter:
Update 04/24: Those who’re not comfortable manually editing HTMl, can now use the WordPress plugin for their self-hosted WordPress blogs.
You can download the plugin here.