Note that Livefyre was removed weeks later. More here.
More than two months since Livefyre launched on this blog and replaced the vanilla WordPress commenting system with a more social interface, metrics indicate the number of visitors has essentially remained the same — but the average time you spent on this blog has drastically decreased.
In the below graph, the blue lines indicate visits and the orange indicates time spent. The vertical black line at the July 25 marker is when Livefyre was launched here.
Peruse through recent articles in the archive and observe a marked decrease in comments since July 25. Livefyre is to blame for less comments. Should this matter, though, if visits remained constant?
Would uninstalling the commenting plugin directly cause an increase in the amount of time you spend here?
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The jury’s out on these answers.
Diana Studer reminds us in a recent comment she left that comments are feedback. They’re valuable to read and people enjoy writing them.
She’s right, but so are social shares (those instances when you click buttons to share the article on Twitter, Linkedin, and other sites) and those shares have increased. Whether Livefyre made a difference in the sharing increase or whether a rise in networking usage caused the spike is unknown.
What do you think?
If the number of comments is important for you to see, is Livefyre an obstacle? Despite the instructions on using Livefyre, should it be removed and the vanilla system returned? Or, should the status quo be maintained?