Why I'll Never Comment on TechCrunch Again
Should have known that TechCrunch would go down the tubes as soon as AOL bought them, wait for this fantastic new comment system to hit Huffington Post next.
For some of us, our Facebook pages are a cozy, semi-private place to share our lives with friends and family. And as Mark Zuckerberg and Co. completely erode any concept of privacy while selling their souls to Goldman Sachs, that sort of comfort fades and we're left with this strange paranoid feeling that our information is being farmed, sold and securitized as we speak. Which leaves some of us only a tad reluctant to give in to this sort of bullshit:
Over the last few months there have been numerous reports about a new, fully revamped Facebook commenting plugin that would make the social network a viable competitor to the likes of Disqus, Echo, and the stock comment engines found in WordPress and other CMS platforms. Well, the reports were true, and today Facebook is lifting the curtain on its big new comments platform. If you want to get a taste of them, look down — we’re currently testing them on TechCrunch.
Now, this might cut down on the troll factor but sometimes the troll factor is what makes things fun. On Going Concern, we proudly use Disqus and (when it works correctly *cough*) made-up commenter names can be the best part of any comment. For example, Brett Favre sending me dick pics or "grow a vagina" who insists that men are just jealous of her ability to squeeze out children and get 12 weeks off of work as a result. We don't need every intimate detail and have actually berated our audience for being so careless as to plaster their personal information all over the Internet.
Personally I find this move creepy. The "post to Facebook" aspect is even more annoying. According to Miniwatts Marketing Group, there are 6,845,609,960 humans on Earth, of which 1,966,514,816 use the Internet. Of that group, 517,760,460 use Facebook. That means 1,448,754,356 Internet users are now blocked from interacting with TechCrunch content. It's one thing to allow logging in with Facebook as an option (which I never take) but to alienate a huge group of Internet users by limiting comments solely to those with Facebook accounts feels like a bad business model to me.
Jr Deputy Accountant does NOT like this.