Wednesday, February 16, 2011

February 16th might be the most insignificant day in an otherwise very important month. After some light research, we’ve learned that on this day in 1859, The French Government passed a law to set the A-note above middle C to a frequency of 435 Hz, and more recently, in 1996 Shaquille O’Neal made his only successful 3 point shot in his illustrious NBA career. Although we don’t pretend to hold a candle to either the standardization of musical pitch or the pinnacle moment of Shaq’s career, what FoldingStory did today will overshadow all other February 16th events. That’s right – today we’ve released several new features that will change the face of FoldingStory without affecting game play. Interested? Read on to see what’s new.

Announcements

FROM FRIENDS TO FOLLOWERS

We’ve noticed that our members are a friendly bunch, and for this reason we’ve enhanced the "friends" feature so that you can now follow each others’ posts directly from your own home page. If you’ve ever used Twitter you will feel at home with this setup, as users can choose to follow your folds at will. However, if you are feeling a bit sheepish around a few people, you have the option to block specific members from following your folds.

HOME PAGE

Based on our new social model we have updated the home page (formerly the "Dashboard" page). We kept the "Recent Activity" functionality and divided the page into two sections: Open Folds and Finished Folds. Within each section you can display folds by anyone on FoldingStory, by those members you are following, or by just you. Additionally, these sections update automatically as people add folds, so you don’t even need to refresh the page to view the latest content.

PROFILE PAGE

We admit the profile pages were a bit lacking, but no longer! You can now tell others a little about yourself, including your "writing style." Additionally, we revamped the layout of the profile pages so that you can see who is following whom.

PRIVATE MESSAGES

A lot of people have started using the comments section to communicate. While we are all for open communication, attempting to be clever for the general public can sometimes be exhausting. Therefore, we created a system for sending private messages to those in your network. You’ll notice when you hover over the "Account" link at the top right of the page that a drop-down now appears. Click on "Messages" to view and compose messages.

IS FOLDINGSTORY ONE OF YOUR FAVES?

This week FoldingStory was featured on AllMyFaves.com. Please help us out by reading the post and then "Like" us using the Facebook button at the bottom. Each Like we receive helps increase our chances of being a Weekly Fave!

SHOUT OUT FROM ACROSS THE POND

Like proud parents, we can’t help but share with you this tidbit from the UK (skip to pg. 31). The Metro in London ran a story about us in mid-January. To our knowledge, this is the first time FoldingStory has been featured in a print publication. This is pretty amazing to us. Thank you for enjoying FoldingStory so much and for spreading the word to others!

Featured Fold & Story

This month’s Featured Fold was submitted by CBethM, who took drama to a new level with, "the flames rising from what had been his rental car, a sensible compact he’d picked up only hours ago at the airport. His mind raced. How was he going to explain this to…" Great fold, CBethM! Before the flames get you, check out the full story. Want to check out more great folds and see how yours stack up? Check out our Top Folds page.

Be sure to finish whatever you’re eating before reading this month’s Featured Story: "Hi, I’m fat and addicted to oxycontin. Strange because most drug people are thin…"

Site Activity as of February 16, 2011

7,565 Folds
1,181 Stories
387 Finished Stories
613 Members

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Thanks for using FoldingStory!

Posted by dan at 11:18 PM | 2 comments

Comments

1 NixonBlack's photo

Hey!  Congratulations on the new release.  I like some of the features a lot and it’s easier to sort of understand what’s going on on a few of the screens. 

First the good:
I like the about widget.  It is a lot easier to understand what the numbers mean now that I’m not adding four numbers together all the time.  It would still be nice to get a break down of the numbers somewhere though.

The followers/following screens are really nice too. They do a great job of showing more info about who you’re engaging with.  It would be nice to get a short bio too at some point.

The bad (IMHO)
The new position for the Like button makes it a lot harder to read/find.  Even knowing where it is, you still have to look for it a bit because it’s not shown until you mouse over it.  On a mobile device, you have to click the user icon first (which isn’t immediately obvious), then look for it (it’s really small on an iPhone) and then try to click it.  I have to enlarge it in order to get it to a size where I can touch it, then shrink it down to get back to reading.  The design is nifty, but the user interaction is slightly broken for a laptop/pc and very broken on a mobile device compared with the ease of use that the old UI had.

Congratulations on getting it out there and I hope you’ll take this into consideration.

2 geoff's photo

Thanks for the feedback! You make a valid point about the Like button. We will definitely look into how it can be improved. If you have any specific ideas about how we can better integrate the Like button with the new UI, we welcome your suggestions.

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