Webmentions - the future of commenting?

Looks like the days of regular ol' commenting are waning. Especially with all the social networks and blog platforms like Medium. Many bloggers are talking about implementing webmentions.

Chris Coyier:

“We get a decent amount of comments on blog posts right here on CSS-Tricks (thanks!), but I’d also say the hay day for that is over. These days, if someone writes some sort of reaction to a blog post, it could be on their own blog, or more likely, on some social media site. It makes sense. That’s their home base and it’s more useful to them to keep their words there.

It’s a shame, though. This fragmented conversation is slightly more useful for each individual person, it’s less useful as a whole. There is no canonical conversation thread. That’s what Webmentions are all about, an official spec! In a sense, they allow the conversation to be dispursed but brought all together in a canonical conversation thread on the main post.”

Nicolas Hoizey is also saying so long to Disqus:

“Enough. I’m fed up with Disqus. It’s been useful, easy to plug on this blog, but it’s a mess for web performance, and I don’t own my data, so… bye bye. Webmention is now a great alternative, with more people implementing it, so let’s try to keep only that.”

After reading about all this, I'll probably setup webmentions at some point using webmention.io.

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