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Mozilla To Develop Comments Platform For NYT and Washington Post

2:33 pm on Jun 19, 2014 (gmt 0)

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An interesting way to to develop a comments system.

It appears it'll "eventually" be available for other news organizations to download for free.

With Mozilla questioning how it goes about raising money, i'm sure this will help fill any shortfalls in funding.

The New York Times and The Washington Post announced on Thursday that they had teamed up with Mozilla to develop a new platform that will allow them to better manage their readers’ online comments and contributions.Mozilla To Develop Comments Platform For NYT and Washington Post [nytimes.com]
Through the new platform, the news organizations said in a news release, “Readers will be able to submit pictures, links and other media; track discussions; and manage their contributions and online identities.” The news outlets can then collect and use the reader content “for other forms of storytelling and to spark ongoing discussions.”
3:21 pm on June 19, 2014 (gmt 0)

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The NYTimes is rather aggressively marketing their "Comments" features. They previously offered a subscription to the "Comments" feature. This morning I got the "Try it Free" email. They're selling it as a way to "personally interact" with their columnists. Does it make sense to not be able to read the articles and have an avid interest in the comments? I can see it has useful applications, just not for anything I'm doing.

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