Comment Notifications!

A few months ago we added Notifications to the WordPress.com Toolbar and recently we released a Chrome extension so that you can always keep up with the activity on your blog. Today we’re adding comment notifications, complete with comment moderation and reply functionality.  When your post receives a comment, you’ll get a Notification that looks something like this:

If you’re using threaded comments, you’ll see if someone responded directly to you, right in the notification.

You will see Approve, Spam, and Trash links in your comment notification if you have permission to moderate comments, allowing you to moderate the comment from within the notification:

Clicking Reply automatically approves a comment and displays an area for you to type a reply in. When you’re done, just click Reply and you can get back to whatever you were working on, without having to navigate to the dashboard to manage your comments.

You can still manage comments in your dashboard, but we hope you’ll find the comment notification a convenient shortcut.

For more information about comments and comment moderation: Comments, Manage Comments.


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  1. evaaysw93

    Reblogged this on Falling stars..

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  2. Cathy

    I was actually wondering why is it not included the first time. Glad it is now. Easier to keep track of the things going on in my blog. :)

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  3. carpetbomberz

    I’ve been using it and it works really well. Nice to get a notice in close to real time. More interactivity.

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  4. Gerrit Eicker

    Great! Lovely! Gorgeous! Thank you!

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  5. Natasha McNeely

    This is a great update! Thanks for all the work you put into the site.

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  6. cjaronu

    Great!

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  7. Raquel

    This is OSM!! I really can’t think about a better blogging platform! I’m serious!

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  8. Mikalee Byerman

    You guys rock at doing things to make our lives easier … this seems like a great feature! :)

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  9. C.B. Wentworth

    I love it! :-) Thank you!

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  10. Jorge Ledesma

    You guys just keep getting better and better.

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  11. rommel

    FINALLY! I knew wordpress will deliver. Now I won’t miss a single comment and like.

    Ow hey! Not that I would want it with my blog notifications but is there any way to lengthen the “Comment’s I’ve Made” section? … for people who do comment a lot.

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  12. ana pauper

    will the system notify you about this very comment? :D

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    • Greg

      Yes it did! And I can reply to you from it, and you can see my reply also.

      Its a lot of fun launching something I then get to use as part of the launch. :)

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  13. Ovande Furtado

    you guys rock!!!

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  14. Carl le Strange

    This is a bad idea!

    We have around 5000 page hits per day, and between 200 and 1300 hundred comments per post.
    It is not nice having every comment ramrodded down our throats. It is insanely irritating.
    Remove this function emediatly or make it at least possible to deactivate the function.

    Carl le Strange, headwriter & owner of;

    http://volcanocafe.wordpress.com

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    • Martin Remy

      Comment notifications aren’t for everyone, but you might like them after you’ve tried them for a while. You can also still moderate comments as you did before.

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      • Carl le Strange

        It is very irritating and stressing to see a counter go like that from 0 to 50 in a short time.
        This function should really have an off-switch. The last thing we need is to get reminded that there are 200 comments to go through in the morning.

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        • Martin Remy

          Notifications will show you the 9 most recent unread ones. For blogs that gets tons of comments per day, you might prefer to continue using your previous method of moderating comments. We’ll think about ways to make this feature productive even for very high traffic blogs.

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  15. Sanju

    good update…!!

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  16. newsy1

    This is a great idea, thanks for making our blogging life a little easier.

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  17. Liam Wise

    Awesome! But I have been getting loads of spam recently :(

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    • Martin Remy

      Thanks! We hope Akismet is doing a good job filtering out the spam you’re getting. If not, marking comments as spam helps our filtering improve.

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  18. Stef

    This seems like a great enhancement. Thank you all at WP for your continuous innovation! :)

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  19. Ilham

    wow it’s even better than the one on dashboard since it shows full of a comment.

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  20. shinigamilist

    Almost caused me a heart attack (I am thankful that I don’t have a heart)! I don’t see an option to not show a notification in orange when I receive a new comment. Am I unable to do this (returning to having these notifications only for likes and follows)?

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    • Martin Remy

      There is currently not such an option. Thanks for your feedback.

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      • shinigamilist

        No probs. I will get used to it : ) It is a good function, but I’d loved it if I had the chance to do it step by step. By allowing notifications for email and being able to allow them for the orange thing too.

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  21. Stef

    @Carl le Strange: Most bloggers would be delighted to have the problem you describe.

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  22. AlphaBible

    This is like an automatic instead of a manual transmission. That much easier now to eat lunch and text while driving my blog! Watch Out World!

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  23. jcrut

    will i get comments

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    • Greg

      You can also get these notifications when others respond to your comment. Engaging in discussion on other blogs is a great way to get people to start following your own blog.

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  24. pursuingmydream

    Super! ;-).

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  25. T Mills

    Great stuff. Thanks for making it easier…always good.

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  26. Matt George

    I think it’s great. I get quite a lot of comments a day and think this will help me out. Only time will tell, but so far it has helped me out significantly today.

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  27. Carl le Strange

    @Stef:
    Yes it is a rather nice cause for the problem. But, I still say it would be nice to have an option in settings to turn the function of the ‘counter’ off. The rest of the function is peachy tree really.
    With a burning (pardon the pun) topic, dedicated writers that are experts in their fields, dedicated helpers, and a lot of worried people who want to really learn, it helps to make a blog grow.
    My biggest tip to attract a following. Interact a lot with your readers, and keep a friendly atmosphere in the comments. That will give you a very loyal group of readers and participating commentators. Second biggest tip, give a lot of yourself and do not take yourself serious. People appreciate it. Third tip, it helps to be nuts.

    @Staff:
    And to the staff who do things here, I love the WordPress system. It is easy and very good to use. For instance, Akismet is unparallelled really.

    Regards
    Carl

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    • Greg

      Thanks for the kind words Carl. We very much care about the experience for users with large numbers of comments and will continue to work on improving that experience. Overall we felt this feature would help a lot of users and so didn’t want to delay it even though we knew some users would get overwhelmed by them (us included). Hearing your feedback also helps us design our solution. Thanks.

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    • Stef

      @Carl le Strange: I can see how having the option to turn off the feature (or any feature, for that matter) would be the best case scenario in meeting the needs of as many bloggers as possible. Perhaps future enhancements can always come with a “turn off”/”opt out” option? (Similar to what was done for the iPad appearance launch, the winter snow fall, the SOPA protest, etc….)

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  28. Scriptor Obscura

    @Stef: I agree! Although I can certainly see your point, though. I can see why you would find it annoying if you have a really high traffic blog, but for most of the rest of us, that is the vast majority of the rest of us, this is a great feature! I love this feature! Thank you WordPress :)

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  29. Mario Aguirre

    Great, indeed!

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  30. jessielansdel

    Looks good. Can’t wait to try it out. Cheers. *thumbs up*

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  31. Margie

    This is a very handy addition. What a great improvement!

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  32. Josh

    I really like it. It makes managing my tech blog a lot easier! Thanks!

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  33. Aimee @ everydayepistle.com

    Love this! Thank you.

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  34. Melanie's Menagerie

    Hopefully someday soon I’ll get so many comments that this will be very handy for me! :)

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  35. AM Don Johnson

    I absoulutely love the site of snow fall.I should sign up to go snowboarding with my Cousin this coming Spring Break. Have fun blog memebers with the comments.

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  36. Mother, Beader and Coffee Lover

    love this idea.! Am also loving the stats on the new page aswell, initially was not interested, but now I love the whole two page scenario :)

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  37. Rinth

    Finally!!! This is what I’ve been waiting for! Next I hope you’ll be able to reply directly from the Chrome extension :D!

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  38. agirlandhercarrot

    This is….well it’s pretty awesome. Thank you!

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  39. severin

    Oh I’m liking this and the Chrome extension is a great idea too.
    Thank you.
    sev x

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  40. ismailimail

    I don’t see Approve when I am on my dashboard, but I see Approve when I look at the same comment from this news website (where I’m writing this comment)

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    • Greg

      Do you mean you don’t see the Approve link on your comments page in your dashboard on ismailimail.wordpress.com? You have to hover your mouse over the comment for it to appear.

      If this doesn’t appear to work for you can you contact support so we can get the details and resolve the problem:

      http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

      Thanks

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      • ismailimail

        Yes, that is the case. While in my dashboard, I hover over my mouse to one pending comment and it doesn’t show Approve link. I do the same outside of my dashboard (say at my blog’s main page itself) and I do see the Approve link.

        This is not a big deal for me, was just sharing the info to help if it is happening across the board.

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  41. claudiajustsaying

    Yes! The additions more user friendly, thanks.

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  42. Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta

    Sounds super, especially for a busy novice blogger like me. Thanks for great support!

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  43. nalub7

    Very, very pretty! Thank you!

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  44. johnrpetros

    great work !

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  45. Carnell69

    oh my Gos hard to type im seeing double wonderful Idea.nice job you Guys are Impressive.

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  46. tiallarising

    wow, that sounds cool – thanks WordPress. The only other things I could really ask for would be the ability to delete/edit comments after we’ve already posted them on blogs….this would be extremely helpful. Anyway – it’s still great! :D

    -Tia

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    • Stef

      I second tiallarising’s comment – I would also love to be able to edit a comment left on another person’s blog after the fact. (Darn iPhone spell check!) :)

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  47. Barefoot Baroness

    Was looking for this a long time ago. Bravo WordPress! You listened again.

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  48. bremad62

    We have got alot of snow in Alaska this year..But it’s all good for snowmachines..

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  49. Jan Simson

    Well, sweet.

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  50. Niko

    I like it! This is a great new feature. Thanks!

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  51. Slik (Daily Aspects)

    How Ironic I was thinking to myself earlier today how nice it would be to have comment notifications and now here it is. Thank you very Much!!! :)

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  52. teeceecounsel

    Good! A very welcome development! Will make life a lot better. The easier the better!

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  53. Brittany

    Yay I’ve been waiting for this! Thanks WordPress ^.^

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  54. Food Forays

    I’ve been using the Chrome Extension for a bit now, and just got to use the new feature of “reply on the fly”! Love the new toys you’ve been giving us!

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  55. charinabrooks

    Love, love this!

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  56. brendamarroy

    Very nice. Thank you.

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  57. sinaibedouinsafari

    thx all .

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  58. Camila

    Super! :)

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  59. klikkuliah

    Good :))

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  60. rawemotionalwriter

    I no longer see a check box to give me the option of allowing comment or not. Will WP place that function back on. Sometimes I like to write to express my feelings as like a journal. Not all postings I am interested in feedback. I have a fee account; therefore, I can not use any script. Therefore my question is…will WP atleast bring back the option box in the section of creating new post, the check box to allow comments or not? Thanks in advance.

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    • Martin Remy

      You can enable or disable comments for all posts or individually for each post. For the latter, please check that you have the Discussion Settings module enable on your edit page. For more information, see “Can’t find the Discussion module?” on this page. If you’re still having trouble, contact support.

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      • rawemotionalwriter

        Thank you so much Martin. I found it! With the changes it was hiding behind the setting option on the right hand corner on top. I just checked the discussion box and the option appear again. Thank you so much and wishing you a wonderful weekend!

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  61. Matt

    Loving it! Often wondered why it wasn’t a tad easier to manage comments anyhoo. Great addition.

    http://researchprojectkorea.wordpress.com/

    http://mattlemonphotography.wordpress.com/

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  62. Bluebird Annie

    This will be so nice! Thanks!

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  63. Team Oyeniyi

    This is now less worable than it was before, because now it contains notifications to replies to comments on other blogs. The number listed is not enough to make it useful. I have long complained that the “My Comments” page is not long enough and should have either “next page” or would be a great place to implement infinite scrolling so the complete history (or at least two days) was available. As it is. we miss comments and this new feature is not going to solve that problem.

    Most of us do not live on our vomputer sand have to play catch-up at the end or beginning of the day. 9 notifications is not enough to be useful.

    Sorry. :( Two things in one day I’m not a fan off – very unusual.

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  64. brave thoughts

    Awesome! Thanks!

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  65. Edna Nogueira

    wow,,. This is a great idea

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  66. SmallHouseBigGarden

    this really makes it all so much easier!!! thank you!!!

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  67. Lemony (Gr)Egghead

    I am happy, happy, happy about this. Thank you!

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  68. budiastawa

    Reblogged this on Life is Sharing and commented:
    WordPress.Com makin memberikan fasilitas lebih. Notifikasi sekarang ditambah, bukan saja pemberitahuan tombol Like, tapi kini lebih lengkap dengan notifikasi komentar. Komplit pokoknya…. Thanks WordPress.Com.

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  69. Astrid

    Can you add comment and like notifications to your app? Also add ability to read blogs through the iPad app. You can only do this on the iPhone app. Thanks!

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  70. safwanahmad19

    Reblogged this on safwanahmad19.

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  71. dadinpain

    ok…..lets see how this goes. I am all for comments, but know when to say when.

    Hello there, I want to invite you and all your friends to my new Face Book page about me going on a long distance hike. I would be great if you could join the group and follow me on this 2650-mile adventure of a lifetime. Thanks T.J.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/258139000924722/

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  72. Belledazzled

    Thanks for the enhancement to make our life easier. Way to go WordPress.

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  73. sunitachhibar

    Awesome!!!

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  74. glutenfreelisting

    Very nice! I have several blogs setup and this feature is a usefull one. Thanks guys

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  75. storyteller1993

    Cool!

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  76. kevintriedge

    Thank you Good Guy Greg!

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  77. Kusum (@Kusum80)

    yeh, its really superb as I have made my own blog and getting notifications through mail is really very helpful…http://youthalert.wordpress.com/

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  78. E.

    this is great! you guys really know how to make us feel at home. : D

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  79. mieacehjalyjaly

    thank you for you and anymore here

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  80. natalyqaf

    Reblogged this on natalyqaf.

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  81. Steppeland

    Great improvement!

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  82. hung2010

    Hay đấy nhưng tôi nghĩ là như vậy vẫn chưa đủ và chưa thân thiện cho nắm. Tôi mong rằng sẽ có giao diện mở hơn ! Thank You !

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  83. Harbans

    Great to be well informed about our own blog. This will be an asset to all us bloggers.

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  84. Vasilij

    That’s really great stuff, thank you for that! Your team is the best :)

    Bye for now, Vasilij “Tarner”

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  85. erikmarioandre

    Great addition!!

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  86. planet of tine

    I’m a newbie, appreciate this tool a lot !

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  87. Teje

    Thank you! This looks great! I’m sure I shall use this to reply my dear friends who write so sweet comments to me!
    Sunny wishes from Greece!

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  88. رسول وحدتی

    That’s very nice !!!!
    Please add share button to notification , too.
    Best Regards , …

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  89. Admin Yogix Tutorial - Yogix

    Very nice.
    i like it :D

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  90. مهرداد

    Such a great feature! Love it

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  91. naumanahmad001

    Aaaala! :)

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  92. Jennifer Avventura

    This is a whole lot of awesome! Thanks WordPress!

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  93. gsohn

    Reblogged this on Ich sag mal.

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  94. Jayati

    I have been waiting for something like this since a long time !!!
    I was even thinking of requesting you to make notifications for comment replies …
    And i am so happy that my wish has been fulfilled without even asking for it !!

    Once again thanks !!!

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  95. notquiteold

    I love this new feature!

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  96. walterdoege

    very useful
    I’m surfing on web a little more confident
    thanks
    on 11, february, 2012

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  97. Eve Redwater

    This is really awesome! All ready reaping the benefits, it’s so handy!

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  98. panahjooo

    Reblogged this on panahjooo.

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  99. AKHMAD SUDRAJAT

    Good!
    I love it.

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  100. Julia Kovach

    Great thinking, Greg! My blog is new, but I already know that this is a new tool that will save me time! Good job!

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