News: Getting Social

Monday, July 14, 2008

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As one small step towards enabling a bustling cultural center for literary and genre fiction, poetry, etc (one very small step), GUD has now entered the late 90's in terms of blog subscriptions.

You can now be notified when new comments have been left on the posts you like--thus helping you back to the site and fostering dialog!  To further enable this, we've removed the somewhat draconic requirement for every comment to be verified by staff--if you've had a comment verified, then you're good to go from there on out.  We love your feedback!

To help you manage all of this, we've created a "subscriptions" area (linked from your account), where you can see what posts you're subscribed to, unsubscribe from them individually (or en masse), or "reset" them if you've lost track of what threads might have gotten recent comments.

There's been some discussion on our previous blog post, "A posting for your thoughts?", but we'd love more.  :)  Who knows, with more dialog, maybe the chatroom will get some real use.  It does take hanging out there a bit for someone to stop by, sometimes.

And maybe we'll cobble in those forums I've been dreaming of...


"A gravatar, or globally recognized avatar, is quite simply an avatar image that follows you from weblog to weblog appearing beside your name when you comment on gravatar enabled sites. Avatars help identify your posts on web forums, so why not on weblogs?"

We've now integrated gravatars throughout the site (staff blog, review blog, and on your account pages).  We're using the "identicon" plugin which gives folks who haven't registered with gravatar a probabalistically unique image as well, a pretty geometric pattern + color.

This hopefully adds a little bit of non-invasive personalization and simpatico.


If you're on a social network, chances are we're there, too. :)  Many of them are linked in our footer, but here's a larger partial listing:

Are we missing something? :)

- reddit, digg, facebook, stumbleupon, etc... please! ;)
posted by kaolin

7 comments; 4 subscribers

Monday, July 14, 2008 / 17:43:09
Monday, July 14, 2008 / 18:24:04
:hehe: added. :)
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 / 14:19:47
How ironic is it that this post has zero replies? Is it that we didn't email our spamlist about it, or nobody's interested? Or that we already emailed our spamlist the same topic (with less information) last week? :)
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 / 16:48:43
They're too busy checking us out all over the web ;)!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 / 15:18:28
I love the gravatars. For what it's worth, I saw them as quilt blocks and figured they must be a WordPress plug-in or something, as I've also seen them recently at Harlequin's paranormal blog plus one of my friends' blogs.
Sunday, August 3, 2008 / 01:52:57
You mentioned registering with gravatar. I don't really know what that means. In short, how do I do that? Can I upload my own Av, or am I stuck with 'quilty' over there? :) Just curious, really. Quilty is kind'a cute.

(You should know that I'm not, computerly speaking, the smartest fellow.)
Sunday, August 3, 2008 / 11:20:26
You can upload your own--check out"> :)

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