Scoop.it is a favorite curation tool. It has rapidly become my social media hub, the place I organize the rest of my social media curation. This week Scoop.it changed their UI and won some important battles and lost a few. Here is a recap:
* UI - The new User Interface is more visual and engaging another example of visuals beating textuals and well done.
* Presentation Layer - The Scoop.it magazine format didn't change so what the customer of your curation sees remains the same also well done since changes there could rock the boat.
* Tool Layout - The functional layout of tools such as the Rescoop button is better, more clear and more visual. Harder now to get one button confused with another.
Overall I would say the behind the curtain admin experience improved with these changes.
* Trending Topics - Several critical feedback loops are missing now. One Feedback look could be easily added back by showing what topic have how many views TODAY. This feedback loop is very important since it can help know what scoops are blowing up or not getting any downstream support. The way that changes your curation is you may layoff the topic with the scoop that is trending fast and continue to curate trends that are slow. Without the data about what is happening NOW we are curating in the dark and will step on our own curation. So much of curation is a conversation and some of those conversations are happening at the CLASS or GROUP level not the individual level. How a topic is trending TODAY is important data lost in the upgrade. Hope you can easily add it back to the page that shows the visuals for our topics. One metric on the left for "views" would help recover the missing feedback loop.
* Leaderboard - One of the most motivating things was to see my immediate curation set, curators above and below my current viewer numbers. When you first launched I could see the top of the stadk and that wad DEMOTIVATING. Seeing how many visitors Robin or Michele have before I woke up can be intimidating and made my curation efforts feel small. I know that is goofystupid, but the human mind works in strange ways espcially regarding numbers. I used the leaderboard as a form of feedback loop too. If my day was down in viewers I checked to see if others in my set was down too. Sometimes the answer to that question was yes such as on a holiday weekend and sometimes I was lagging behind and needed to get going. I thought one of the most intelligent gamification move was showing me the views of the curators above and below as that helped motivate me to get moving without a sense of intimidation or the futility of it all. Removing that feedback has us back to the same place as when you started since My Community now shows the top of the Scoop.it stack (not where I am by far) and so it feels like the community is for uber-curators like Robin and Michele and not the little guys (like me LOL). Hope you can bring back one of the most intelligent leaderboards I've ever seen.
The fact this post is weighted toward losers is only because it takes more explanation to cover dislikes NOT because the new UI is more negative than positive. The new UI is net positive for sure, but the real time analytics and leaderboard encouragement have been harmed. Hope you can build back since my curation will be less effective and less motivated.
Via Martin (Marty) Smith