Yesterday we told you about Facebook’s new feature that gives customers a chance to make some money out of clicking ads. Today’s post however, is about Facebook removing, well modifying one of it’s features and how Disqus takes a cue from there.
The @mentions or tagging feature on Facebook was introduced long back and thea while ago. This was a feature, similar to twitter wherein you could tag your friends or pages using @ command. A really useful feature when you want someone to know that you mentioned them. Well, Facebook has gone ahead and slightly modified that feature and now you don’t require to add @ to tag or mention anyone in a post or a comment. This is good, because now you can mention someone by directly typing their name, simpler and doesn’t require you to use the @ command. Although this doesn’t work as well as the older system, still does the job.
So in short, the following are the new updates to Facebook’s tagging feature:
- You can now Tag friends on posts and comments without using @
- Typing a friends name with the first letter in CAPS shows the friend you may be looking for.
- Only the first letter in CAPS won’t show the friends name, but you’ll need to type in at least 5 letters of his/her name. In case it’s a short name, it will show up.
- You can tag friends using just their first name, in case the name is too long, or you don’t want to use his/her surname.
Disqus, the popular commenting platform, has hereby added the same @mentions tagging feature on their comments. It means, that you can now tag other people on Disqus when mentioning someone or replying to another Disqus user. The user has to have a profile on Disqus, if not, he/she cannot be tagged using this new feature. This is a lot similar to Twitter’s @mentions, but is showcased in a grey box surrounding the persons name. When you mention someone, a menu pops up that gives you a list of Disqus users with that name and also Twitter users. Once tagged, the person who has been mentioned will receive an email notifying the same. Hence, there is some use from this new commenting system, as there will be more activity and discussion on a certain topic as @mentions will much likely make more people to join.
These are the two things that have recently happened in the Social Networking area. Soon enough, even Facebook Commenting platform, now being used on many blogs and websites, may get the @mentions and tagging feature.
What do you think? What commenting platform do you use on your blog/website?
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