Automattic Buys Intense Debate: RIP Disqus?

Automattic Buys Intense DebateI knew there was a reason I held off on implementing the Disqus comment system on this WordPress blog, despite Disqus’ popularity. Turns out Automattic, the WordPress guys, just bought Disqus competitor Intense Debate.

At WordCamp Philippines, I asked WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg what would happen if Disqus threaded comments couldn’t be imported into the upcoming WordPress 2.7 threaded comments. He said I’d have to ask Disqus to fix it, not Automattic. Clearly, Intense Debate won’t have that problem.

Integration and bundling with popular platforms is always a powerful competitive advantage. Disqus will now have to work doubly hard to compete with Intense Debate, since they’ll effectively be competing with WordPress itself.

What does this all this mean for you, dear reader? It means the comment system on this blog will soon get a whole lot more intense. 😉

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19 Comments on “Automattic Buys Intense Debate: RIP Disqus?”
  1. Mike Abundo says:

    Use WordPress, Romeo. It is the Google of blogging. 🙂

  2. Romeo says:

    Yeah, so I’ve heard. But I feel like kinda lazy, though. But I’ll hold on to that thought, anyway. 😀

  3. Mike Abundo says:

    If you’re feeling lazy, start with It can import your Blogspot posts, it will get you used to the interface, and it can export your posts to a hosted WordPress blog later on. 🙂

  4. Romeo says:

    I did. But it doesn’t seem to catch all the pictures and videos I embedded. I’ll deal with it some other time. 😀 Thanks for the recommendation. I need a ton of “alone” time to make my wordpress blog fly. 😀

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