Welcome to LiveFyre

LiveFyre, promising to turn a blogs comments into a live stream of organic, reader created content from all walks of the Internet life.Β I have been a huge supporter of the people at JS-Kit and their product Echo, in fact I’ve had it running the back end of my comments for quite a while. But when I got word about LiveFyre’s new system, I had to give it a try.

For the last few months I’ve had a beta invitation waiting for me, sent from LiveFyre CEO Jordan Kretchmer. Unfortunately, work at Pure has kept me so busy that even updating my blog has become difficult. I’m going to do what I can to make these updates happen more regularly…

I finally got a few free minutes to install LiveFyre and ran into some major problems. First, it was incredibly slow, not the plugin itself but the entire site. It took a few seconds for every page to load on the back end. The front end of the blog, what you guys see, was just fine. Second, popup ads! Every time I tried to load the plugin I got a popup advertisement. Not cool. Third, it didn’t work. Simply wouldn’t import my existing comments or install into my theme which is the standard WP 3 2010 theme.

I tweeted my problems and faster than anyone could ever hope, LiveFyre was there with help.Β I turned control of my blog to the tech guru’s at LiveFyre, after clearing out all the orphan tables and remnants of previous plugins/themes/installs. They feared a bit of malware was hiding on my system.Β Nevertheless, even after wiping my database of all extraneous entries and my WordPress folder of any extra content, I still had these horrible popup ads.

True to their word, LiveFyre went in, did the install and import for me and wham, everything is perfect. They even did a sweep of my blog to check for any major issues including malware. Luckily, they found none.

I still don’t know what happened that caused all of these problems but I’m happy to say they are all resolved and I’m ready to try out LiveFyre. I’m going to use this post as a test so comment away! Link back to it from your blog, Twitter or wherever else. Let’s test out LiveFyre, put it through its paces.

I still have my Echo Live subscription but… if LiveFyre proves to be the powerful comment engine it promises to be (and it is affordable after their beta period) I’m sold. If not on the advanced features, the absolutely amazing customer service.

66 thoughts on “Welcome to LiveFyre

  1. Join in on the conversation and help me test LiveFyre, a revolutionary blog comment platform that integrates social gaming, threaded conversations and dynamic content updates.

  2. Join in on the conversation and help me test LiveFyre, a revolutionary blog comment platform that integrates social gaming, threaded conversations and dynamic content updates.

  3. @msilverman Yeah I agree! Thanks for the comment. Hoping to get a dozen or so comments on here, see if LiveFyre picks up links from Twitter etc. Though, it seems that “Display Tweets about your content” isn’t active yet. That is perhaps the most important feature I’m looking for in a comment system.

  4. @msilverman Yeah I agree! Thanks for the comment. Hoping to get a dozen or so comments on here, see if LiveFyre picks up links from Twitter etc. Though, it seems that “Display Tweets about your content” isn’t active yet. That is perhaps the most important feature I’m looking for in a comment system.

  5. Thank goodness for a malware-free system. Those pop-up ads are strange, though. That should definitely not happen when installing Livefyre.
    If you have any more problems, contact us. I’m interning at Livefyre right now and if I can’t answer it, I can find someone who can. That’s why we’re here.

  6. Thank goodness for a malware-free system. Those pop-up ads are strange, though. That should definitely not happen when installing Livefyre.
    If you have any more problems, contact us. I’m interning at Livefyre right now and if I can’t answer it, I can find someone who can. That’s why we’re here.

  7. I’ve had good luck using Disqus across multiple blog communties, and would like to learn more about your experience using this. The main advantages to Disqus being that it’s SEO friendly, in ways that other tools (intense debate) have not.

  8. I’ve had good luck using Disqus across multiple blog communties, and would like to learn more about your experience using this. The main advantages to Disqus being that it’s SEO friendly, in ways that other tools (intense debate) have not.

  9. @MattHurst I have used disqus before but had major issues over the last year or so and was forced to drop them. See these posts…
    http://itsjustjustin.com/?p=2534
    http://itsjustjustin.com/?p=2556
    http://itsjustjustin.com/?p=2576

    Then I tried Intense Debate which ultimately left too many feature holes.
    http://itsjustjustin.com/?p=2525

    After than was JS-Kit Echo, but their pricing went up 1000% or so. So now I’m going to give LiveFyre a try.

    As for SEO, this is one of the reasons I chose Echo Live and why LiveFyre is increasingly interesting. From their site…
    “Users who are interested in topics you write about are notified when you post new content. Your conversations are also listed in our real-time search, and are built for SEO.”

  10. @MattHurst I have used disqus before but had major issues over the last year or so and was forced to drop them. See these posts…
    http://itsjustjustin.com/?p=2534
    http://itsjustjustin.com/?p=2556
    http://itsjustjustin.com/?p=2576

    Then I tried Intense Debate which ultimately left too many feature holes.
    http://itsjustjustin.com/?p=2525

    After than was JS-Kit Echo, but their pricing went up 1000% or so. So now I’m going to give LiveFyre a try.

    As for SEO, this is one of the reasons I chose Echo Live and why LiveFyre is increasingly interesting. From their site…
    “Users who are interested in topics you write about are notified when you post new content. Your conversations are also listed in our real-time search, and are built for SEO.”

  11. @justex07 @msilverman Thanks for the post Justin! Glad we could help, and we’re excited to see Livefyre up and running. The feature that pulls in Tweets about your content is in final testing stages now, and will be rolled out this Thursday! We do it very differently than others. Instead of just pulling Tweets that have the exact link to your post in them, we pull in all replies to that Tweet, as well as the rest of the conversation string stemming from the Tweet. It captures and syncs the entire conversation instead of just one off RT’s or originals. Very cool stuff we think πŸ™‚

  12. @justex07 @msilverman Thanks for the post Justin! Glad we could help, and we’re excited to see Livefyre up and running. The feature that pulls in Tweets about your content is in final testing stages now, and will be rolled out this Thursday! We do it very differently than others. Instead of just pulling Tweets that have the exact link to your post in them, we pull in all replies to that Tweet, as well as the rest of the conversation string stemming from the Tweet. It captures and syncs the entire conversation instead of just one off RT’s or originals. Very cool stuff we think πŸ™‚

  13. @justex07 Wow, you’ve written about these tools pretty extensively! I’m going to double check Disqus on my own blog, in advance of my own redesign, based on your experiences.

  14. @justex07 Wow, you’ve written about these tools pretty extensively! I’m going to double check Disqus on my own blog, in advance of my own redesign, based on your experiences.

  15. @jkretch Just read your email. Between the features you listed here and the screen shots in the email, I literally gasped “holy shit” in the middle of a meeting. This is going to be a very exciting week for LiveFyre.

  16. @jkretch Just read your email. Between the features you listed here and the screen shots in the email, I literally gasped “holy shit” in the middle of a meeting. This is going to be a very exciting week for LiveFyre.

  17. Hey Justin, glad we got this all worked out for you. More features are on the way so you’ll have plenty more to test out. Also, our blogger version will still be free after the private beta. We look forward to getting your feedback!

  18. Hey Justin, glad we got this all worked out for you. More features are on the way so you’ll have plenty more to test out. Also, our blogger version will still be free after the private beta. We look forward to getting your feedback!

  19. @MattHurst Feel free to sign up for the private beta to give us a try! Comments are SEO friendly and we’re adding new features all the time. We import all of your old comments and write new ones back to the WordPress database so you’re data is safe. Let me know if you have any questions about the product.

  20. @jennalanger Well you can’t argue with free! However, looks like I’ll need to move up a model in order to get the most exciting feature for me, displaying Twitter conversations about each blog post which I understand will (?) also bring in cross-posted Facebook comments. That is a killer feature.

  21. @jennalanger Well you can’t argue with free! However, looks like I’ll need to move up a model in order to get the most exciting feature for me, displaying Twitter conversations about each blog post which I understand will (?) also bring in cross-posted Facebook comments. That is a killer feature.

  22. @MattHurst Yeah, I make sure to try everything so everyone else doesn’t have to. So far, LiveFyre has proven to be the most impressive option out there. The new features will totally, TOTALLY, blow everyone else out of the water.

  23. @MattHurst Yeah, I make sure to try everything so everyone else doesn’t have to. So far, LiveFyre has proven to be the most impressive option out there. The new features will totally, TOTALLY, blow everyone else out of the water.

  24. @jennalanger @MattHurst I wouldn’t recommend a comment system that didn’t do this. Information silos are a dangerous thing! This was a major issue with Disqus was originally released.

  25. @jennalanger @MattHurst I wouldn’t recommend a comment system that didn’t do this. Information silos are a dangerous thing! This was a major issue with Disqus was originally released.

  26. I’ve been following LiveFyre for a number of months now. I haven’t seen a single person post anything bad about them. That is a lot to say about a program that is still in it’s beta.

  27. I’ve been following LiveFyre for a number of months now. I haven’t seen a single person post anything bad about them. That is a lot to say about a program that is still in it’s beta.

  28. @justex07 Haha! Holy shit indeed. We can’t wait for this release, and are looking forward to getting feedback from everyone.

  29. @justex07 Haha! Holy shit indeed. We can’t wait for this release, and are looking forward to getting feedback from everyone.

  30. @Sushi Thanks for the offer of assistance. If I stumble upon the popup again I will certainly let you know. So far though, everything is going swimmingly with LiveFyre!

  31. @Sushi Thanks for the offer of assistance. If I stumble upon the popup again I will certainly let you know. So far though, everything is going swimmingly with LiveFyre!

  32. @seanturvey Indeed, it is a good sign. If anyone encounters problems with the products they love, it’s me. But I must say, all problems from the original install aside, LiveFyre has quickly become the most impressive plugin in my WordPress installation. Definitely the most impressive commenting system.

  33. @seanturvey Indeed, it is a good sign. If anyone encounters problems with the products they love, it’s me. But I must say, all problems from the original install aside, LiveFyre has quickly become the most impressive plugin in my WordPress installation. Definitely the most impressive commenting system.

  34. As an intern at Livefyre, I’ve been blown away by both it’s community of users and the Livefyre team. I’m happily sandwiched between a very knowledgeable and passionate user community and a very dedciated Livefyre team. We’re glad you’re here and if you ever need anything, you know where to turn.

  35. @jennalanger Super happy tpo hear the blogger version is still going to be free after the private beta.

  36. @jennalanger Super happy tpo hear the blogger version is still going to be free after the private beta.

  37. @justex07 Hi Justin, I am using Livefyre and boy does it look amazing and the features too, look great. I couldn’t agree more about what you said concerning Disqus, I found it to awkward to use.

  38. @justex07 Hi Justin, I am using Livefyre and boy does it look amazing and the features too, look great. I couldn’t agree more about what you said concerning Disqus, I found it to awkward to use.

  39. @hugh_fraser @jennalanger Me too. Surprised even. Though, it does appear that you will have to pay in order to get your Twitter and Facebook comments pulled in.

  40. @hugh_fraser @jennalanger Me too. Surprised even. Though, it does appear that you will have to pay in order to get your Twitter and Facebook comments pulled in.

  41. @jennalanger @justex07 Cool! Depending on the price I might have to upgrade to keep this feature.

  42. @jennalanger @justex07 Cool! Depending on the price I might have to upgrade to keep this feature.

  43. @DannyBrown @jkretch That would be interesting but I worry that people wouldn’t scroll to the bottom to actually input their comment, of course, putting it at the bottom encourages people to read through all the comments.

    Then again, since this is a threaded comment system with replies offered for each individual comment, one could argue that there is the option to comment throughout the entire comment stream. I think the setup as it is works great. Having the option to move the box to the bottom would be nice but I’m probably going to keep it as it is, seems to work!

  44. @DannyBrown @jkretch That would be interesting but I worry that people wouldn’t scroll to the bottom to actually input their comment, of course, putting it at the bottom encourages people to read through all the comments.

    Then again, since this is a threaded comment system with replies offered for each individual comment, one could argue that there is the option to comment throughout the entire comment stream. I think the setup as it is works great. Having the option to move the box to the bottom would be nice but I’m probably going to keep it as it is, seems to work!

  45. @justex07 @jkretch I think that’s one of the things I didn’t like about Disqus (although you have the option now to position), seeing so many blogs have the comment box at the top. I like reading the comments first for two reasons – one, the cool views that you often get, and two, to make sure I’m not duplicating something someone else has already said. πŸ˜‰

    Before I moved to @Livefyre, I always had the box at the end of the comments and it worked great. Like you say, being threaded offers extra incentive to take part, so I don’t think it matters as much where the box is. Choice would be nice, though, from a personal angle. πŸ˜‰

  46. @justex07 @jkretch I think that’s one of the things I didn’t like about Disqus (although you have the option now to position), seeing so many blogs have the comment box at the top. I like reading the comments first for two reasons – one, the cool views that you often get, and two, to make sure I’m not duplicating something someone else has already said. πŸ˜‰

    Before I moved to @Livefyre, I always had the box at the end of the comments and it worked great. Like you say, being threaded offers extra incentive to take part, so I don’t think it matters as much where the box is. Choice would be nice, though, from a personal angle. πŸ˜‰

  47. @justex07 @DannyBrown @jkretch Yup, there are definitely benefits to both positions, and we’ve gotten requests for both. We’re adding it as an option, so you can try it either way in the near future.

  48. @justex07 @DannyBrown @jkretch Yup, there are definitely benefits to both positions, and we’ve gotten requests for both. We’re adding it as an option, so you can try it either way in the near future.

  49. Is the social pickup working? I haven’t seen anyone’s tweets regarding this or other posts either as replies or with actual links back to the blog entry showing up in the comment stream.

    I posted a link back to two blog posts on Twitter and got four replies regarding the post. Of the six total tweets, none made it back to the comment stream. Just checking to see if this feature is live.

  50. Is the social pickup working? I haven’t seen anyone’s tweets regarding this or other posts either as replies or with actual links back to the blog entry showing up in the comment stream.

    I posted a link back to two blog posts on Twitter and got four replies regarding the post. Of the six total tweets, none made it back to the comment stream. Just checking to see if this feature is live.

  51. @MattHurst Feel free to sign up for the private beta to give us a try! Comments are SEO friendly and we’re adding new features all the time. We import all of your old comments and write new ones back to the WordPress database so you’re data is safe. Let me know if you have any questions about the product.

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