Livefyre Adds Commenting To The Content With Sidenotes


Livefyre is a major player in the commenting space, and today introduced a new feature called Sidenotes that brings comments directly to the content.

Traditionally, comments appear at the very end of a post where readers can share their thoughts, but Sidenotes makes it easy to comment on individual sections or paragraphs.

One of the biggest worries with such a feature is the comments will take away from the actual content itself. However, Livefyre has worked around this by attaching a simple little comment icon at the end of a paragraph.

Only when the icon is selected will a Sidenote pop up, enabling readers to leave a comment about that section, and see what other people have said.

Comments include multi-threaded functionality, and readers can upvote or downvote comments so the crap can (hopefully) sink to the bottom.

Livefyre CEO Jordan Kretchmer is calling Sidenotes a “paradigm shift” for commenting.

“While we spent the last few years expanding our platform to be just as much about social media aggregation and curation as about interactive apps, about a year ago we got the itch to re-address “the comment problem.” Except this time, we could do it with a customer base of over 650 of the largest media companies, brands, and publishers in the world, and total sites using Livefyre Comments close to 100,000. “

Publishers can choose to turn Sidenotes on, and Livefyre has also ensured they work seamlessly on mobile devices.

Mike Stenger

Lover of technology, Mike often makes jokes that nobody laughs at.


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