Echo (blog comment hosting service)
Echo was a 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. 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.
Haloscan was one of the first third-party blog comment hosting services, established in 2002. Haloscan was acquired by JS-Kit in 2008. In 2009 Echo had requested users of Haloscan product to upgrade to its core service.
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feature, among other feedback features), with support for all remaining JS-Kit, Haloscan and Echo comment modules being withdrawn.
- VINCE VENEZIANI (November 29, 2006). "Quick Embed Code to Add Comments To Any Site". Techcrunch.
- "JS-Kit Finally Ditches Its Name, Rebrands as Echo with Some Big Partners in Tow". Techcrunch. December 15, 2009.
- "Haloscan archive from July 2002". Archived from the original on August 2, 2002.
- "Haloscan is getting upgraded to Echo". Echo. December 9, 2009. Archived from the original on June 1, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
- "Comment Consolidation: JS-Kit Acquires SezWho". Techcrunch. March 5, 2009.