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Facebook's next target: comments

Facebook has become the world's biggest photo-sharing site, its biggest social network, and now - through the ever-present 'like' button (see it up there?) - the way we track and share the things we like around the internet. Now, the social network to end all social networks has a new target in its sights - online commenting.

On most sites - including this one - you can leave comments on stories. But how can your friends know what you're saying where? A few services, like Disqus, can track the comments you make across the web to help you remember. But how do you not just keep track, but tell your friends?

Well, we all know the best site for sharing with your friends - Facebook. And so the Good Book is trying to take over web commenting.

Facebook already offers a comment plugin sites can use to manage user comments, requiring users to log in with their Facebook accounts. (You can see it on People Magazine's website.) But now it seems they're turning it up to 11.

Facebook has reportedly totally revamped the commenting plugin, and they're preparing to launch it in partnership with a bunch of major sites.

This would be a big deal. Facebook, of course, requires people to register with their real names, so if sites relied on Facebook for comments it'd be impossible to comment anonymously. The comments on this story give you an idea of what online commenters think of that idea.

But it's not that simple, either: Facebook might reportedly be allowing people to use the commenting plugin commenting as a Facebook page - which doesn't really have to have a real name attached - or even log in with a Twitter or Google account, which definitely don't require real names. So this might not be the end of online anonymity after all.

Basically we're not clear on the details. But we can expect some news in the next few weeks.

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