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Google+ Comments Are Open To Everybody

One source of occasional confusion, seen in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue, is about Google+ and the lack of control.

We have discussed the lack of commenting moderation options - but that's just a small part of what you don't get.
Under Settings, then Posts and comments, I don't have the same choices as shown.
This blog owner is used to the array of comment settings, that seem natural, to somebody using Blogger comments.

With Google+ comments, you get one setting, under "Posts and comments" - Comments.

Comment Location

Everything else is part of Google+, and stream behaviour.

Anybody who can see the blog can publish a comment.

Besides the lack of moderation options, the lack of control over who can comment can be disconcerting. With Google+ Comments, anybody, who has an Exciting Google+ account, can comment - just as in the Google+ stream, anybody can post anything they wish.

Unless you, the blog owner, are in a Circle that's addressed by a commenter, you won't even see a non Public comment - even if your blog is mentioned. This leads to more confusion.

Why does the comment count go up for this post - even with no comments visible?

Google+ will count comments that you may not get to see. This too can be disconcerting. Anybody can comment, on your blog - and you can't see the comments. Comment moderation is left to the people who can see the comments.

Google+ Comments only work for public blogs.

But there's a more intriguing oddity. We are told to use Google+ for distribution of private blog posts - but you cannot use Google+ Comments on a private blog.

Google+ hosted comments only work, with public blogs. With a private blog, you use Google+ to distribute the posts - but you can only use Blogger hosted comments.

Since automatic post sharing only works for Public shares, you have to manually share each post - so you can select the appropriate Circles to view each individual post.

If you have a private blog, your readers can discuss your blog posts, in their streams - but nothing will show up on the blog. And, they can view the blog - and possibly comment there - but nothing will show up in their streams.


Lucien Alta said…
Wow, as a senior citizen I am not very computer literate. My question is regarding "Unless you, the blog owner, are in a Circle that's addressed by a commenter, you won't even see a non Public comment - even if your blog is mentioned. This leads to more confusion."

I am new to Google+, is it okay I won't see non Public comments? I add people to my Circle for sharing purposes. I don't know if I am in their circle and I stay away from "Hangout" because I am not sure who I would be hanging out with. If I were a senior relative of yours, what would you suggest for settings.
Chuck Croll said…

I equate Google+ to the world, in general. You don't know - nor do you want to know - what other people say about you, when not said in front of you.

Some folks may address you by what they see - maybe somebody sees you walking down the street, wearing your hat - and later discusses your hat that they saw. You will, probably, never hear that conversation.

And so go Google+ streams. You do not want everybody's stream included in yours. Just enjoy contact with the folks that you know - and occasionally, add somebody new to your Circles.
Arthur Wong said…
If we can't see what's commented and it may be something you'd be better off not knowing about, and it's YOUR blog, why can't we just get rid of the comment? We don't want other people influencing other people in a bad way towards the blogger.
Chuck Croll said…
Hi Arthur,

It's a freedom of speech issue, not a politeness issue.

People are allowed to say what they wish, to your face - or behind your back. There is no law, or rule, that requires someone to say something - even when mentioning you, by name - to your face.

Ditto Google+ stream posts that mention your blog. Even if a post is public, how likely is it that you are Following the person who comments - even when they mention your blog?

If your name is mentioned in a newspaper article, does the newspaper send you a free copy of the paper - or even a clipping?

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