January 19th, 2010

*** LJ ADVISORY BOARD USER REP UPDATE ***

Hello folks,

I've heard back from LJ on several things that people have brought to my attention in the past few weeks:

1) The new "search" feature isn't exactly what I'd hoped and some people have written saying that they preferred the old one. The old one is still there -- under the text entry box are three options: "advanced", "search by interest", and "find your friends" -- "search by interest" is the old LJ search feature that will let you find people and groups that have listed a word or phrase as an "interest" in their profile. LJ's now looking into a way of making this clearer in the page layout since lots of people (including me) couldn't figure it out.

2) The new "search" feature doesn't seem to be working properly. As a test, searching for the word "roswell" by author "kylecassidy" in journal "kylecassidy" gets no results when it should get hundreds. LJ is meeting with the creators of the search technology this week and I hope to hear back shortly thereafter. If you have any comments about the search feature -- what you'd like it to do or not to do, please follow up in the comments here.

3) The new statistics feature (http://YOUR-USER-NAME.livejournal.com/statistics) seems to be under reporting visits. As an example, LJ stats reported 24 page views to my journal on December 10th, 2009, a day that 83 comments were posted. Something's kerfuffled, they're looking into it.

4) Currently when you track a post you get notifications whenever something is posted there (which is as it should be) but the accompanying text doesn't remind you why you're getting the post. LJ's looking into adding some verbiage along the lines of "you'd asked to be notified when there was activity on this post" ... etc.

5) Inre "Best Buy" ads -- the back-end for rolling out those ads has been replaced as of 2010/01/17. This is supposed to fix the problem with netbooks and other computers with screen resolution too low for the "close window" check box to appear. In addition it is supposed to limit the number of times a user sees this ad to once per day. (It was supposed to be that way before, hopefully this fixes the problem.)

I have a meeting scheduled on Wednesday w/ LJ and should know more then. When that's over I'll post a more comprehensive update about the status of my initial goals. If you have questions or comments or something you'd like brought up at the meeting let me know.

You can help spread the word by linking to or re-posting this in your journal. (Please don't post it to any communities without the express permission of the community moderators.) Have an excellent day.

Thanks,

Your LJ Advisory Board User Rep,

Kyle

come see me talk and show pretty pixtures!

I'm going to be talking, showing photos, and signing stuff this Friday in Philly:



Friday, January 22, 2010 at 7:30 PM.
at The Moonstone Arts Center.
110 A S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA
conveniently located at 13th and Sansom Streets
in the heart of Center City Philadelphia.
Signing will immediately follow the event.


There will probably be dinner fun and carousing afterwards, so plan your evening accordingly.


I have a bifurcated slide show that covers behind-the-scenes stuff from Who Killed Amanda Palmer and also slides from the current project Where I Write.

Includes bunches of never-before-seen outtakes -- seriously never been seen because I'm just going through folders of photos of us goofing off for the first time.




In other news:

Two of my photos of Poe scholar Ed Pettit are up on the tor.com blog. One of them was taken in Edgar Allan Poe's bedroom. Woohoo.

Carl the Intern Monkey has taken three boxes of A Bunny Named Swine to the post office over the last few days. I've heard they're already arriving in Europe. Whee!

I've got an article in the new issue of Videomaker magazine.

Most importantly, our house wasn't knocked down in an earthquake, we're not living in the street, water comes from the taps, the cats are safe and we have food. I often feel really lucky, but lately doubly so. Everything seems insignificant in the shadow of being buried alive in a pile of rubble. Appreciate your day today.

And I hope to see you on Friday.




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