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Lots of new stuff this week

By sMoRTy71 ·
Well, we are rolling out 3 new features this week, so I wanted to give everyone a heads up.

1. New site header
We are adding many of the new Community features to the site header. Right now, most of our new stuff is hidden within community. We want to get the word out by making these options accessible everywhere.

Here is a link to the header:
http://techrepublic.com.com/html/tr/community/header_both.html

2. Blog improvements
We are building a blogs door which will highlight blogs and bloggers. Some of the views will include newest blogs, most popular blogs, blog posts from my contacts and a featured blog section.

3. Links feature
We are also launching an entirely new feature called "Links." It combines the functionality of our old "Favorites" feature with all of the new tagging stuff.

So you will have a links tab that will allow you to bookmark both internal items (articles, discussion posts, blogs, etc) and external items.

When you add a link to your collection, you get the opportunity to add a description and tags to it. The tags will allow everyone's bookmarks to get grouped together, so when you are looking for resources around "vpn", you can find everyone's links in a single view.

We think this will helpful to each individual member because you will have a web-based bookmarks list that is accessible from any PC with an internet connection.

We think it will be useful to the community at large because we will have a knowledge base of resources that are filtered through the collective wisdom of our members. We think the added context will eventually make the links search functionality more targeted and useful than a basic Google search because actual IT pros have selected this stuff, not a spider or crawler.

We are also providing a little browser widget (a link, really) that you can drag to your browser's Links bar that will allow you to add links to your TR page from anywhere on the web.

So if you are on the Microsoft website and find an interesting article, you will be able to click the "Add to TR links" link in your browser and quickly add it to your collection.

Whew! I think that covers everything we're doing this week. If you have any questions, please let me know.

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Interesting

by TheChas In reply to Lots of new stuff this we ...

The features all look promising and interesting.

Now, if I only had some time to explore them and start a blog.

Thanks for thinking of us.

Chas

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Well Chas

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Interesting

If you stopped answering Questions for an hour or two you would have a lot of time free. Just kidding.

Col ]:)

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Looks good

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Lots of new stuff this we ...

But I'll have to wait until tonight before I can have a play around.

And then only if that Mongrel Boss of mine allows me some free time off.

Col ]:)

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I tried anyway

by Oz_Media In reply to Lots of new stuff this we ...

After eeing your eexample I though HAH I'll log Smorty off of TR!! MUWAHAHAHHAHAH! ]:)

Of course, it asked if I was sure I wanted to log off Oz. NOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Damn, I'd be gone for sure, you guys ever want to get rid of me, log me out, there's no way I could get back in again!


Well I've shared my comments about the updates elsewhere already, so again I'll say that I like the new header. I DON'T like the removal of the HOT and NEW Discussions links from post pages, such as this one for example. I can only get there from the main discussions page. It doesn't show up in MY discussions. If there's no updates in My Discussions, I would like to be able to check NEW and HOT without going back to the main pages.

As for links and tags, blech. But you got that mouthful already. :)

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