Today the Latest Word (and all of Westword's blogs) rolled out a new user profile platform dubbed My Voice Nation. Your voice -- and the opinions you voice in our comments section -- will now be amplified through a fancy new commenting program called Livefyre ("live fire"). Read all about it below.
Livefyre and My Voice Nation
When conversation is happening about an article on Facebook or Twitter, you can now see that conversation within the commenting thread. You can also tag and import your friends from Twitter and Facebook within the comment stream yourself.
True Real Time:
You can see who is listening to a conversation and read comments in real time, making it easier to jump right into the discussion.
You can choose to be alerted via email when someone replies to or likes your comment.
My Voice Nation is a global profile system for all our properties. Soon, you'll be able to follow your favorite authors and news topics, giving yourself a customized experience of our sites. Starting today, your My Voice Nation profile is linked with your Livefyre account as one log-in. You don't need a My Voice Nation account to write a review on Voice Places and a separate Disqus account (our previous commenting platform) to comment on our stories. Your My Voice Nation is your one account for everything.
Follow Your Friends, Enemies or Frenemies:
You'll be able to see what your friends are saying and doing on our publications and Voice Places now with this one account.
To sign up, just click "Sign in" in the new comments section. You can sign up with Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Google or your e-mail. And yes, it's still possible to comment anonymously, if you'd like.
That's all there is to it! Questions? Comments? (And be gentle; we know we'll have some glitches in the first hours.) Drop them below.