Huffington Post puts a stop to anonymous comments

Huffington Post is changing its commenting policy, putting an end to anonymous accounts and requiring users to be ‘verified internally’. As of next month, Huffington Post users won’t be able to create anonymous accounts to post on the site; going forward, their identities will have to be verified internally. HuffPost recognizes that many people are …

Quartz lets you add comments alongside paragraphs in story margin

Nice. Quartz launched a new take on comments, allowing readers to add ‘annotations’ in the margins of their stories – at paragraph level. Love this idea way more than comments stuck in a block way down the bottom of a story. “With annotations, you can now add to Quartz stories on the level of individual paragraphs. Just …

Meg Pickard on hecklers and engagement

A few notes from a Webstock talk by Meg Pickard, then director of user and community experience at the Guardian. I enjoyed her riff on who the original hecklers were, and her points on how to engage with a news audience. Content, Communities, Collaboration, Curation Think about how to make media social, rather than how to make social …

Online community management 101

Here are some notes from a workshop I participated in at Webstock about managing and sustaining communities online. It was led by Heather Champ, community manager for Flickr, and Derek Powazek, founder of Fray and more recently MagCloud, a web-to-print publishing site I’ve been meaning to link to for a while (but that’s for another post).