Good news, everybody. As of a few moments ago, all three Riverfront Times Blogs (Daily RFT, Gutcheck and RFT Music) have a shiny new commenting system with lots of bells and whistles. It's called Livefyre and it's going to change how you interact with us.
So, what sort of features will you now be enjoying? Well, for starters, Livefyre works in conjunction with our existing social network, My Voice Places. If you're not already a member, you can create an account here -- it don't cost nothin'. Join me after the jump for some of the dandy new features Livefyre offers you, the reader.
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.