From the Coffeetank...
As you can see, we released some changes to the site over the weekend. Here's what we've been up to:
1. Separate experiences for Conversations and Activities
The great thing about building an iPhone app, is that is makes you focus, sharply focus. With such limited screen real-estate, we had to look at our site and try to fit everything together in a way that's easy to use and powerful at the same time. What we realized, is that it makes a lot more sense to build separate experiences for both Conversations and Activities. So, that's what we did, and we're currently putting the final touches on the SoulPancake Conversations iPhone app. So, the changes to the website are paving the way for the app.
So, what does this actually mean? You'll see a different header and logo when you visit Conversations and Activites. Your News Feed will also be specific to that section. So, when the people you follow start a conversation, respond to a converstion, like a conversation, etc, it will show up in your News Feed in Conversations (http://soulpancake.com/conversations/news). And when someone you follow tackles or likes an Activity, it will show up in your News Feed in Activites (http://soulpancake.com/activites/news). You can basically think about them as two separate websites that both use the same master SoulPancake account.
2. @Replies has changed to @Interactions
@Interactions will now show you two types of items: 1. Responses to Conversations you have started. 2. Replies to your Responses around the site. When you have a new @Interaction, you will see a blue counter ribbon appear on the @Interaction tab.
Interactions are also specific to Conversations or Activites.
3. Messages and People have moved
To get to your Messages and People lists, click the dropdown on the Account Module in the top right of the screen. Also, when you have a new message, you'll see a blue # appear to the left of the account module.
4. Re-imagining Perspectives
We're in the process of re-imagining the Perspectives section of SoulPancake. So, for the time being, we won't be releasing any more Perspectives. However, those great SoulPancake contributors will be joining you in Conversations and whipping up some Activites for you to dig into going forward. You can always visit the Perspectives archive here: http://soulpancake.com/perspectives
5. The SoulPancake Network Homepage
Over the last few years, SoulPancake has expanded into many new medium and platforms. So, we needed to create a place to present all those aspects when someone first visits SoulPancake.com. We're also very excited to be launching a full-fledged YouTube channel on July 23. We'll be releasing a new tasty video every week day. You can quickly get to the SoulPancake channel by clicking Videos on the homepage or from the toolbar at the top of your screen.
So that's about it for now. Let us know if you have any questions and enjoy!