by Ian Froeb
As of late yesterday afternoon, the RFT has a new commenting system for its articles and blogs. It's called Livefyre, and though it might not look much different from the old system, it brings all kinds of new features to make your Gut Check (and Daily RFT and RFT Music) experiences sleeker and, dare we say, more social.
Livefyre works with our existing social network, My Voice Places. All you have to do to sign up with the new system is visit the My Voice Places home page and log in via Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Yahoo or email.
After the jump, my colleague Paul Friswold answers your burning questions about how the new system works.
Livefyre: The Bells and Whistles Explained
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.
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.
You can choose to be alerted via email when someone replies to or likes your comment.
My Voice Nation is a global profile system for all our properties. Soon, you'll be able to follow your favorite authors and news topics, giving yourself a customized experience of our sites. Starting today, 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.
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.
What About My Older Comments?
Your older comments will migrate over to the new system. If you're reading this on Thursday, those comments might not be showing up yet -- they could take a few hours to make the trip. If you're reading this Friday morning, your older comments should already be here.