I created a quiet riot with a post about my Likes and Dislikes of Scoop.it's new UI last week (http://www.scoop.it/t/curation-revolution/p/2151901287/likes-dislikes-about-new-scoop-it-ui ). How much we love this magical tool Guilluame and Marc created was clear. Poor Guilluame steps off a plane and someone hands him my bomb. Kudos to him and his team for their immediate response to bring back our beloved features (great job).
I spent the day working more extensively with the new, much more visual UI and LOVE IT. Here is the note I just added to the Likes and Dislikes thread:
FYI, I just did something I've never done before - I drove a link into my profile page because it is a thing of magazine-like beauty. Figuring out how to get what I wanted in the window took a little figuring (largest image), but now I have it tuned AND I'm changing several aspects of my curation to support your new UI including:
* Shorter headlines as shorter works better in that space below the image (they work better anyway so your new UI helps do the right thing).
* Better visuals and in that 400 x 200 range. At first I was having trouble getting the image positioned where I wanted. Kept testing and found the sweet spot.
* Changed my titles to create an umbrella since now that I can see my Scoop.it sections like a magazine it makes sense to treat each section like a subsection of a larger idea (in my case Revolution).
Two things I wish I could do:
* Wish I could move boxes or create a more clear hierarchy by changing the size of 2 to 4 boxes. When everything is equal in size and the default order is yours then I can't react to the feedback loops I'm getting. This slows down my thinking of my Profile as the master magazine and the subsections, the revolutions, as pliable blocks capable of responding to what I see and what the community tells me in real time. Today I had Mobile Revolution blow up (get a lot of views real fast). If I could have moved it to top left I would have pushed traffic to the profile in the hopes of helping it blow up bigger (lol). Advantage to PROFILE traffic is it can go any number of places. In my tweet about the new scoops I picked pieces from each revolution and teased them into the Tweet. You can see why this works. People who follow me may or may not care about SEO, but everyone of them cares about at least one of these: SEO, ORM, F-Commerce, Twitter or Mobile. It is like pitching five balls instead of one. The reach goes up by an order of magnitude.
* I tied two scoops about Facebook together today by physically moving them. Problem is that doesn't last past the next update. These two scoops form an A and B version of an "article" and need to move together across time. Curation will split them and I have to use tags to pull them back together and I haven't figured out how to use the tags yet (though I suspect there is real power in there). This ability to tie scoops together into linked groups kind of like you can do with a PowerPoint presentation or with a graphics program would help create the threads within the subsections such as:
* Apple or Android within Mobile Revolution.
* Storytelling within Curation Revolution.
These threads form the magazine within the magazine and may, at some point, earn their way out of the subsection to become a section of their own. I would use analytics to know when such a move would increase reach not split it into too many disparate pieces.
Great job with bringing back our beloved features and with this new UI. The benefits to the new UI are amazing and we are just getting started. Thanks for fixing the issues with your CDN too (those can be a pain, been there, done that).
Great job! Thanks,
Late Night PS. G, I am going to hang a store off of this beautiful new UI of yours if it kills me (lol). You and your Scoopers may have done what I once thought impossible - found a way to help ecommerce merchantes bridge the content and commerce gap. In other words, Scoop.it may be able to do what Facebook CAN'T (See my Scoop on Magento Ecommerce Revolution on 3 Big Brands Giving Up on F-Commerce). Marty
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