The December 2011 sharing option lets us publish our blog posts to Google+. Today, Blogger added the ability to do the same - and more - with our blog comments. Like basic Google+ post sharing, Google+ Comments will be shared, and be visible, on a Circle by Circle basis.
The ability to post a comment, against a Blogger blog post shared in Google+, and have the comment publish to the blog will make for interesting comment based conversations.
There will be challenges to this feature, however. One of the most annoying problems with Blogger comments, right now, involves the embedded comment form, and security limitations caused by cookie filtering on many readers computers.
This blog uses a full page comment form, because too many of my readers need to post comments, in spite of the cookie filtering on their computer. Blogger Google+ Commenting requires use of the embedded comment form.
Google+ Comments lets you bring the following conversations together in one place, right under your blog post:
Readers will need a Google+ page or profile to comment on your blog.
- Comments made on your Blogger blog post
- Comments on the blog post that you’ve shared to Google+
- Shared content on Google+ that links to your blog post
Anybody who publishes a blog, and has readers who do not understand the reason for allowing third party cookies, will not want to use an embedded comment form - and won't benefit from Google+ Commenting, either. Until either
- Blogger resolves their "third party cookies" problem, with the embedded comment form.
- All Blogger blog readers resolve their issues with filtering "third party cookies".
Many blog owners may find a problem, in the moderation process.
Once you enable Google+ Comments, you can moderate comments within the blog post itself.Owners of large blogs may not enjoy having to check each post, one by one, to moderate comments - so, you let your readers moderate for you.
I check my dashboard Comments menu, several times daily - and see all comments posted to the blog, in one convenient place. Having to look at each post, to moderate comments, won't be as convenient.
A third challenge will come from blog owners who want everybody to be able to comment, on their blogs. Requiring a Google+ account to comment won't be widely accepted by blog owners who have readers who comment either Anonymously, or using an OpenID.
One of the benefits of Google+ Commenting will be a reduction in comment based spam. The increasingly annoying "nice blog" spam - and the accompanying security risks from having it published on our blogs - should be eliminated, from blogs using Google+ Comments.
Google+ Comments is a feature that is needed, on some Blogger blogs - but it needs to remain optional, for some time.
If you're in one of my Circles, and wish to test this new feature, see if you can comment, on my recipes blog, Chuck's Kitchen.