Lots of stuff going on at PinsideHQ and today I'm rounding up one of the features I've been working on for a while (I actually always work on several new ideas at the same time).
You've all been able to 'follow' Pinsiders for a while now. But aside from providing a convenient list of people who are your favorite people on Pinside there was not a lot of functionality attached to following people. That changes now.
It's called Pinside Connect.
Pinside Connect will give you insight what the people you're following are up to. Keep track of new games they bought, scores they set, posts they made, game ratings, achievements they've accomplished and more!
If you are already following people, you can check it out right now, go to the connect section by clicking the 'connect' status icon in the user status bar in the top right of the screen:
This will generate a list, called 'Following Pulse' with recent activity from all the people you follow:
In fact, every individual Pinsider has a pulse, which will display as a simple line graph right next to their user name:
This shows you how active they have been in the past 30 days.
- You can also manage your following list in the Connect section, and also check out who is following you.
- I have also decided to move PinsideMail from My-Pinside to this new connect section as it really fits well there.
- And more cool Connect stuff is planned to help you connect to other Pinsiders! We're working on some really cool stuff.
What else is new?
Easy info/follow/ignore/pm buttons
Hover over someone's backbox avatar to access 4 important features:
- Show the info blueprint
- Follow the Pinsider
- Ignore a Pinsider
- PM a Pinsider
(by the way, notice how in-active our test user Gizza is? Pulse is almost flat )
Community ranking lists
Remember we used to have a Kings of Karma list in the community section? Since the Karma Points feature does not exist anymore, this has been replaced with 3 new top ranking" lists: Most followed, most achievement points and highest login streak. The latter is still a rather new statistic so this still needs to evolve. All of these are all for fun of course, but the intention is to promote the new features too!
Some new achievements have been added! Achievements also show up in Pulse, so it will now be easier to keep track of the achievements you (and your friends) have unlocked.
- The big color bar title is a bit smaller making room for a site-wide navigation path.
- Tabs are now more useable and also work better on smaller screens.
Tons of small tweaks, bugfixes, design changes
I'm notoriously bad at keeping track of all the work I do on the code, but almost 25% of all code has been touched in this update. So, plenty of
new bugs, performance tunes, tweaks and changes to make Pinside life better!
Please be kind! I'm all for constructive criticism, but also love positive feedback!