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  • Now using Bookmark Categories

    10:45 pm on February 12, 2010 | 0 Comments Permalink | Reply
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    SocialAdr bookmark categoriesWe’ve added a new field to the Add Bookmark page called “Category”.

    The purpose of this is so that we can start sending bookmarks to social bookmarking services that require categories.  There’s quite a few of them so this opens up a lot more possibilities for integration. :)

    We strongly recommend that you update your existing Bookmarks.  If you don’t then we won’t be able to send your bookmarks to any site we integrate with that uses categories.  So any time anyone Shares your bookmarks you’ll be missing out on potential backlinks.

    If you can’t find a category that’s a perfect match for your bookmark, just pick the most appropriate one.

    This new functionality is the v2.15 release.

  • We can now create your social bookmarking accounts for ya!

    9:50 pm on February 3, 2010 | 0 Comments Permalink | Reply
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    If your time is valuable, you likely don’t like spending it doing menial, repetitive tasks such as creating social bookmarking accounts.

    Well you’re in luck!  We now have a new option as part of the Setup Wizard which charges a small 1-time fee (currently $7) for us to create all your (17) social bookmarking service accounts.  This process can often take over an hour.  Luckily we’ve got a team of minions that are really good at it 😉

    Here’s what you’ll get:

    • A new email address (either Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail) and password
    • All 17 accounts created and email verified (unless any of the sites are offline)
    • An email containing the credentials of your new accounts
    • Peace of mind knowing it’s been done properly and no steps were missed
    • Turnaround is typically within 24 hours

    This is part of the latest release, v2.13.   Also, we’ve unfortunately had to disable the Faviki service as we were having technical issues sending it data.

  • What’s going on with social bookmarking services?

    2:02 pm on December 13, 2009 | 0 Comments Permalink | Reply
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    If you use SocialAdr regularly (and why wouldn’t you, it’s the best social bookmarking software out there, right?), you’ve no doubt noticed that there’s been a lot of turnover lately in the social bookmarking services that we support.  I wanted to take a few seconds and explain what’s been happening.

    As you know, nothing on the Internet works perfectly.  We see random errors popping up with every bookmarking service, so we don’t get too panicky when it happens.  Sometimes there are bigger problems though, and those are what have been driving the changes to the services.  The services that we’ve turned off fall into a couple categories:

    1. Services that go down – Some services that were working well for us, like Backflip, just turn off.  In their case, it sounds like there was a problem with their host and they haven’t been able to get a restore.  They went down in October and are still not working, so we had to find someone else to replace them.  We had a similar problem with Searchles – they just randomly stopped working at all.  Luckily they came back, and we do monitor to see when services are working again so that we can add them back into SocialAdr.
    2. Services that are flaky – Some services seemed good when we evaluated them, or we received a recommendation for them, but once we implemented and started using them it turned out they just weren’t reliable.  When we see error rates at a steady 50%, it’s just not worth the hassle for us or for our users.
    3. Services that are aggressively opposed to software – We want to play nicely with social bookmarking services, and feel that because we only place links that our users choose to bookmark, there’s no reason we shouldn’t all get along.  But a couple of services, like Simpy, would definitely prefer that we did not connect to them.  We much prefer to just drop them and replace the service with someone else.

    We think that we’ve got a solid, stable core of 14 services now, plus a couple that are probably on their way out.  We may leave them in for a while as a sort of ‘bonus’, in that we aren’t counting them into our number of links but they do work sometimes.  We’re expecting the churn to drop off drastically from this point forward, and are hoping not to need to replace any more services for a while.

  • Overhaul Tomorrow

    9:22 pm on December 7, 2009 | 0 Comments Permalink | Reply
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    Tomorrow we’re going to be rolling out a whole bunch of changes to the site.  I wanted to give you a preview so you know what’s coming, plus make you aware that we will be taking an outage (probably in the evening) to get everything put into place and all of the data migrated over.

    We’ve got a number of new features we’re pushing out, including three new social bookmarking services.  We are also turning off a couple of services, one because they’ve taken it down to revamp it and the other because it doesn’t quite align perfectly with our service.  Of course you’ll want to sign up for accounts with the new services so you can get the most bang for your buck.

    social bookmarking services

    Which leads me to a great new feature: the Setup Wizard.  The Setup Wizard is where all new users will be sent right after registering to help walk them through the process of setting up all the social bookmarking accounts, adding in their first bookmark, and sharing their first link.  We’ve heard from a number of members that it’s a bit hard to understand the system when you first sign up, so we’re rolling out the Setup Wizard to help out.

    But you can use the Setup Wizard even if you’re not new.  It will show you at a glance which services you have accounts with and which ones you still need, and provide a quick and easy way to get your account completely up and running.

    One revamped section of the site is the bookmark management area, reached by going to the ‘Bookmarks’ menu and then choosing ‘My Bookmarks’.  First off, we’ve simplified a number of things about how you work with bookmarks.  There’s no more ‘cell’ to worry about, no more activating and deactivating, etc.

    You simply have links that haven’t hit the maximum shares yet and links that have and were archived.  On the ‘My Bookmarks’ page, all of your non-archived links are shown.  You can see what the individual bookmarks look like here:

    single bookmark

    You can see the little status indicator next to the name of the bookmark.  That will show green when it’s being shared, and gray when I don’t have enough credits.  The green arrow shows that I am currently allowing that bookmark to be shared – I can pause it any time I want.

    We are also adding a new option on the Share page.  We’ve always had the ‘Abuse’ button, although it’s rarely had to be used.  Sometimes though, there are links that pop up that you’d rather not share but you don’t necessarily feel deserve the abuse button.  They can get lodged in the top of your Share page and prevent you from seeing other, more interesting links.

    Enter the “I’d prefer not to share” button:

    prefer not to share

    The unhappy looking fellow next to the abuse button will let us know that you’d rather not see that particular link anymore, and we’ll go ahead and remove it from your Share area altogether.

    We’re also restructuring our accounts.  There are a number of specific issues want to address:

    • Be more friendly to the social bookmarking sites
    • Make sure people have items to share
    • Reduce the work needed for our paying customers to get their links

    Coming out of the upgrade tomorrow we will have 4 account types.  As I mentioned previously we’re going to be adjusting the number of credits received per share based on the account level.  So the free account will receive less credit in exchange for sharing compared with the paid accounts, and each level of the paid account will get more credit than the one below it.

    Balancing this out, we will be reducing the number of shares per day allowed for all account types.  Many of the social bookmarking services consider sharing 20 items per day spam, and we definitely want to stay on their good side.  Besides, a banned account doesn’t help anyone out.

    So our paid accounts will be able to share a reduced number of sites per day, but will be receiving more credit per share than previously.  In addition, we are raising the limits on the number of bookmarks you can store in SocialAdr at any given time, and raising the limits on the number of times each link can be shared.  We believe the net effect will be that all of our members will have their bookmarks shared more than they were able to previously.

    For our existing members, we will be leaving your existing accounts as is for the duration of your current billing cycle.  After that, unless you let us know otherwise, your account will be upgraded to one of the new accounts automatically.  While prices are going up overall, your price is locked in and we’ll be honoring that through the upgrade.

    This is the last major set of change we have planned before a major re-release and membership drive.  Once we come back up from the downtime tomorrow, I’ll post the full patch notes.  Let us know if you experience any issues or have other suggestions.

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