Echo (blog comment hosting service)


JS-Kit was started as a side project of Russian-born programmer and Cisco Security Engineer Lev Walkin, who released JS-Kit as a quickly-embeddable comment system for blogs in 2006.[1] The venture grew into a full-on hosting service for comments, with Walkin becoming CTO, Khris Loux becoming CEO and Chris Saad becoming Chief Strategy Officer. As company and its product evolved, JS-Kit was rebranded as Echo in 2009.[2]

Haloscan acquisition

Haloscan was one of the first third-party blog comment hosting services, established in 2002.[3] Haloscan was acquired by JS-Kit in 2008. In 2009 Echo had requested users of Haloscan product to upgrade to its core service.[4]

In 2012, it was announced that Echo would discontinue their comment hosting-exclusive services in favor of social media applications (i.e., USA Network's "Character Chatter" website feature, among other feedback features), with support for all remaining JS-Kit, Haloscan and Echo comment modules being withdrawn.

Other acquisitions

  • SezWho (2009)[5]


  1. VINCE VENEZIANI (November 29, 2006). "Quick Embed Code to Add Comments To Any Site". Techcrunch.
  2. "JS-Kit Finally Ditches Its Name, Rebrands as Echo with Some Big Partners in Tow". Techcrunch. December 15, 2009.
  3. "Haloscan archive from July 2002". Archived from the original on August 2, 2002.
  4. "Haloscan is getting upgraded to Echo". Echo. December 9, 2009. Archived from the original on June 1, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
  5. "Comment Consolidation: JS-Kit Acquires SezWho". Techcrunch. March 5, 2009.
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