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Intense Debate on TWiT

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Intense Debate founder Jon Fox is a huge Leo Laporte / TWiT fan so it’s super cool that he ended up on net@night with Amber MacArthur talking to Amber and Leo about Intense Debate’s commenting system.  The interview with Jon and Intense Debate CEO Tom Keller is about halfway through the show.

I’ve been really pleased with the progress Jon, Tom, and team have made with Intense Debate.  A year ago when Intense Debate showed up at TechStars, Jon and his co-founder Isaac had an idea for an online consumer debating site.  This morphed into the comment replacement system that is Intense Debate.  I’ve long talked about comments being the dark matter of the blogosphere; Intense Debate helps to make them (and the ensuing conversations) much more relevant and useful. 

Features are coming fast and furiously.  Last week Intense Debate integrated with Lijit (so you can now include your comments in your Lijit search profile) and the reply by email feature is now out – I’ve been using it for about 60 days and it’s awesome.  Look for Twitter integration this week along with maybe another magic special thing depending on how many all nighters Jon pulls.

Intense Debate is growing like crazy.  If you have a blog and are still using your native commenting system, take a look at Intense Debate

As a special bonus, Jon has a blog and have been putting some of his startup thoughts out there.  You can follow along at home at Jon Fox: The ramblings of a young, web entrepreneur.  His latest – Those dreadful early decisions.

  • http://ouriel.typepad.com OurielOhayon

    Indeed Bad, i confirm they made strong progress since last year when i fist installed it and then uninstalled. now its back on my blog and i am happy with it

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Super! Glad it is working for you.

    • http://mkoenig.wordpress.com Michael Koenig

      Thanks Ouriel. Likewise, I'm glad to hear that you're happy with IntenseDebate!

  • http://www.hiddenevidence.com Abe Murray

    Glad you posted this – Disqus has been getting a lot more VC cheerleader love recently :-). I'd heard of Intense Debate but forgotten – I recently setup Disqus with my blog but haven't been completely thrilled.

    Intense Debate seems to be doing more to deliver on true data portability than Disqus currently is, which will do a lot to win my blogs. Intense Debate also supports OpenID (Disqus does too though it has issues).

    I love competition :-). Win us users through better products!

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      I guess I need to put my pompoms on to counterbalance Fred more.

  • http://www.amikelife.com Mike Olbinski

    I hadn't seen Intense Debate around for awhile…I used it last year, but it really was tough at the time, I had a lot of problems.

    Glad to see it's going good, I'd like to give it a shot again maybe.

  • http://mkoenig.wordpress.com Michael Koenig

    Thanks for the awesome post Brad!

    Just an update, our IntenseDebate/Twitter integration was rolled out last night. Now when you comment using IntenseDebate, you can opt to have a notification sent via Twitter. You can learn more at http://IntenseDebate.com/blog

  • http://davidduey.typepad.com David Duey

    I've had IntenseDebate on my blog for a while and I like it a lot. But, I also like the fact that when I leave comments on other blogs that use IntenseDebate, I can see a history of my comments on my InstenseDebate profile.

    For those blogs that aren't using IntenseDebate, I'd love to have an IntenseDebate browser add-in that I could use to add my comments to my IntenseDebate profile (comment history) with the click of a button.

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      David – great idea. I’ve passed it on to Jon and crew.

  • http://www.aspdotnetstorefront.com/t-s-ecommerce-shopping-cart.aspx asp net shopping car

    Yes, excellent commenting system! I'm much more likely to make my thoughts known on a site that uses ID than any other commenting system… It's easy to use and creates a much prettier organizational display of all posting replies. Kudos ID!!!!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    Super! Glad it is working for you.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/mike_olbinsk484 mike_olbinsk484

    I hadn't seen Intense Debate around for awhile…I used it last year, but it really was tough at the time, I had a lot of problems.

    Glad to see it's going good, I'd like to give it a shot again maybe.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    I guess I need to put my pompoms on to counterbalance Fred more.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/michael michael

    Thanks Ouriel. Likewise, I'm glad to hear that you're happy with IntenseDebate!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/michael michael

    Thanks for the awesome post Brad!

    Just an update, our IntenseDebate/Twitter integration was rolled out last night. Now when you comment using IntenseDebate, you can opt to have a notification sent via Twitter. You can learn more at http://IntenseDebate.com/blog

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    David – great idea. I’ve passed it on to Jon and crew.

  • asp net shopping car

    Yes, excellent commenting system! I'm much more likely to make my thoughts known on a site that uses ID than any other commenting system… It's easy to use and creates a much prettier organizational display of all posting replies. Kudos ID!!!!

  • Abe Murray

    Glad you posted this – Disqus has been getting a lot more VC cheerleader love recently :-). I'd heard of Intense Debate but forgotten – I recently setup Disqus with my blog but haven't been completely thrilled.

    Intense Debate seems to be doing more to deliver on true data portability than Disqus currently is, which will do a lot to win my blogs. Intense Debate also supports OpenID (Disqus does too though it has issues).

    I love competition :-). Win us users through better products!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/david_duey david_duey

    I've had IntenseDebate on my blog for a while and I like it a lot. But, I also like the fact that when I leave comments on other blogs that use IntenseDebate, I can see a history of my comments on my InstenseDebate profile.

    For those blogs that aren't using IntenseDebate, I'd love to have an IntenseDebate browser add-in that I could use to add my comments to my IntenseDebate profile (comment history) with the click of a button.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ourielohayon ourielohayon

    Indeed Bad, i confirm they made strong progress since last year when i fist installed it and then uninstalled. now its back on my blog and i am happy with it

  • http://www.mymoneyblog.info Casper Christensen

    I am getting more and more intriged to use intense debate. I wonder if most of the exploits has been corrected.

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