Obsessable member pages and social toolbar

Posted on February 24, 2009. Filed under: Tech News | Tags: , , , , , , |

By C.K. Sample III

We’ve turned on some new features on the site, so here’s a quick tour of how you may find them useful.

joinorsinginWe’ve added a new social bar at the top of the site for all logged in members. If you don’t have an Obsessable member account you can sign up for one in the upper right hand corner of the site or if you have an account, but aren’t signed in, you can sign in via the link there as well. Besides all the features that we’re about to go through that signing up for an account and signing in to the site gets you, it also rids you of the first advertisement at the top of the page site-wide.

After joining the site or logging in, you should notice our brand new social bar up top:


The social bar (pictured in Figure 1 above) allows you to share any page on the site, either by sending it via email or by sharing it via various social networks and bookmarking sites like Digg, Delicious, Facebook, StumbleUpon, and Twitter. You can also give any product page, feature, or news item on the site a thumbs up or a thumbs down. On product profile pages, you also have the added ability to indicate whether you own or want that particular gadget.

Both of these actions are then tracked in the bottom section of your member profile page, alongside a list of any news items that you may have given a thumbs up (as the Figure 4 screenshot below of the bottom section of my member profile page demonstrates). At the top of the profile page there’s a bio section, picture avatar for yourself, and a list of personal links you want to highlight on your profile (Figure 2 below). This is followed by a section of social networks—including Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, StumbleUpon, Google Reader, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, last.fm, Digg, Delicious, Brightkite, and Raptr—that you can add to your profile, recent comments that you’ve made on the site, and feature articles on the site that you’ve given a thumbs up (see Figure 3 below).




By choosing “Edit Profile” from the social bar (Figure 1 above) or the “Edit Your Profile” link under your bio on your member page (Figure 2 above), you can customize your bio, upload an avatar (Figure 5 below), enter your personal links, and add the social networks that you want listed on your profile page (Figure 6 below).



Please feel free to sign up for an account and give our new social bar and member profile pages a whirl. Let us know what you like and what you’d like to see changed. Feel free to suggest new features, social networks you’d like to see listed here, and any other feedback you may have in the comments below. We’re excited about offering these new features and are looking forward to refining them and offering more features in the future.

UPDATE: We just finished recording today’s Daily Obsession providing a quick video tour of these new features. Watch today’s Daily Obsession embedded below and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, join our Facebook group, and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Also, please let us know in the comments below or via our tips form about anything you’d like to see featured in future Daily Obsession episodes.


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