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Daily Dish switching to Facebook comments system

June 23, 2011 |  4:22 pm

Comments300 We're serving up something new: Later Thursday, the Daily Dish will switch from its current comments system to comments through Facebook.

The new commenting system requires you to sign in through your Facebook account to leave a comment. People without Facebook accounts will not be able to leave comments. Now, that presents a problem for those of us who write and edit the Daily Dish because we love to hear your comments. So, if you do not have a Facebook account, consider this your nudge, nudge, nudge to get one.

If you are one of those social media butterflies who lives on Facebook, here's a cool feature offered up by the new comments system: You have the option of posting your Daily Dish comment on your Facebook wall. (You also have the option of skipping that, too.)

You might be wondering why we are monkeying around with the comments system in the first place. Well, this new system has several advantages. One big one: Comments will instantly post, rather than waiting for moderation as they have up until now. (The change at the Daily Dish is part of the evolution of several blogs at the newspaper. In March, Jimmy Orr, the Los Angeles Times managing editor in charge of latimes.com, discussed the use of Facebook for comments in greater depth on our Readers' Representative Journal.)

Please tell us what you think about this new Facebook commenting system below. Whether you love it, or hate it, we want to know.


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Image: A screenshot of the Facebook comments system in action on The Times' music blog Pop & Hiss.