The time has arrived. The Livefyre commenting system is coming to Toke of the Town. The developers plan to push the button tomorrow.
Here are a few things you Toke-sters should know about Livefyre to avoid freaking yourselves out:
When conversation is happening about an article on Facebook or Twitter, you can now see that conversation within the commenting thread. You can also tag and import your friends from Twitter and Facebook within the comment stream yourself. (Find yourself losing ground in one of Toke’s infamous comment flame-wars? Recruit your Twitter and Facebook friends to pitch in on your side!)
True Real Time:
You can see who is listening to a conversation and read comments in real time, making it easier to jump right into the discussion. (Jumping out of those conversations may be a little more difficult.)
You can choose to be alerted via email when someone replies to or likes your comment. (There goes the rest of your TV time!)
My Voice Nation is a global profile system for all Village Voice Media sites. Soon, you’ll be able to follow your favorite authors and news topics, giving yourself a customized experience of our sites. Starting immediately, your My Voice Nation profile is linked with your Livefyre account as one log-in. You don’t need a My Voice Nation account to write a review on Voice Places and a separate Disqus account to comment on our stories. Your My Voice Nation is your one account for everything.
Follow Your Friends:
You’ll be able to see what your friends are saying and doing on our publications and Voice Places now with this one account. (Or your enemies, if you’re an online stalker!)
Easy Sign Up:
To sign up, just click “Sign in” in the new comments section. You can sign up with Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Google or email.
It might take a little while for older comments to migrate their way into the new system, but the guys who are paid to know such things assure me that they’ll all be showing up soon after implementation of the Livefyre commenting system.
Comments from 2010 and earlier might take a week or so to all come back, as the data has to be imported in batches. But there might also be some really new comments, like the ones that were posted an hour or so before the launch (which will happen at roughly 10 a.m. PST on Thursday) that will take a few hours to come back as well, since the database is going to be backed up one last time before launch and those comments might not make the backup.