I never planned to post about Intense Debate but since I have started I might as well finish. I have used Intense Debate on other blogs and think it is brilliant. A very clever solution and one that I completely missed when I was, not so long ago, looking a business opportunities in the blogging world. And it offers a way for using blogs as a proper alternative to forums, I really like that.
However as well as it works on WordPress blogs I might have suffered, possibly, from being an early adopter, trying this on Blogger quite a while back. The benefit is that if you get something like this working you have tomorrow's solution today, the danger is that it might take too much time to get working, if indeed you can at all. Now I am an early adopter in all sorts of ways and recognize this dichotomy. I do not blame Intense Debate for me taking that risk, then.
However, blogging, as interesting and fun as it is, is time consuming enough and I realize I just want to use what works and focus on content. Certainly Intense Debate would significantly help in this respect - if I was or were to become again a regular blogger and to have generated sufficient responses to my posts. Well this blog is not at that stage.
I am more than content with Blogger's embedded comments for now and only wish that other blogs I comment on such as say Alonzo Fyfe's, Stephen Law's, Richard Chappell's and Massimo Pigliucci's blogs - to name but four - would update theirs to suit. Oh Richard just did his this week, it was simple huh? In fact all those blogs would greatly benefit from installing Intense Debate, far more than mine would. Still, since Intense Debate are currently working on importing old comments from Blogger into Intense Debate, I cannot recommend it at this point in time. I hope when this is solved that Intense Debate will post a comment to this effect here.
Part of my annoyance was due to wanting to use a great product rather than rely on inferior solutions such as that provided by Blogger. Innovative companies like Intense Debate provide a great service in preventing big companies like Google and Microsoft from keeping us locked into their inertia as if that is the way it should be. How could I include Google in that last sentence? Well Google's way of managing Blogger seems to be an early (?) indication that it is indeed starting to follow the well trodden path of Microsoft of being an innovative follower rather than leader, or maybe it is just a mistaken blip in my radar, we shall see.