As you may have noticed, SETT looks and works a bit different today. Due to a mistake in the way we were merging code, we had to wait a few weeks to push all of the updates at once.
The biggest changes are:
- There's now a sidebar featuring community posts and members. Our biggest goal is to give a bigger voice to community members, so this is a step in that direction. Moving forward we'll be adding other stuff to the sidebar, including the archived posts that everyone keeps asking for.
- Our new editor works in all browsers, including IE, which had problems before. It also has a fullscreen mode which is great for composing long posts or replies.
Our immediate next priorities are making SETT faster, giving it a more consistent UI, and making it functional beyond just reading on mobile devices. We're giving some serious thought to raising money to hire people and make these and other improvements happen faster.
As always... I'm very interested in any feedback, positive or negative, as well as bug reports.
These changes are HOT!!! Awesome.
+1 for Carl's request of sidebar on individual posts, especially since many people will SEO their way to a specific page on a first visit.
I know you've probably thought of this already, but SETT might do very well on Kickstarter. It could be a great way to raise money and gain some publicity.
Love the sidebar, makes it much more organized. I would like it on individual post pages as well, not just the front page, to get rid of the surplus of annoying white space. Make it hidable by toggling a little icon or something. That's the only real difference I've seen so far.
How's the process going for you guys? Everything is going according to plan or are you guys lagging behind? Any unforeseen problems? I'd love to hear an insiders point of view on your experience on building it to where it is right now and what's ahead, and not just the new features and functionality. I think it would be cool to read something about the human side behind it.
First impression, I like it much better. The community section button is more obvious which I think is very important.
Cool, thank you. Considering SETT ranks you as the 3rd best contributor to the blog, I appreciate the opinion!
Any plans on leaving the sidebar intact even when viewing a single post. I don't like using the back button and would like to go back to the list of your posts/community posts with just one click. I find myself never using the "Back" browser buttons anymore.
My ego thanks the 3rd best contributor status. Now how do those stars work? ;)
Yeah, we're looking into solutions for that. I really like the idea of having a full-width blog post, and I don't think that the toggle buttons would be the right way to bring people back, but I agree that there's a problem there. For now, if you click the blog header it will bring you back to community if you're reading a community post, and the front page if you're reading a front page post.
Stars are based on levels of contribution, subject to ranking. So if you've ever left a reply that got a certain amount of upvotes you get one star, if you've made a community post that gets a certain amount of upvotes, you get two stars, and if you get something promoted to the front page, you get three. Moderators get gold stars and voiced users (Brian's the only one right now) get silver stars.
SETT has now been powering Tynan.com for a month! The transition wasn't completely without hiccups (several of my most popular posts disappeared, for example), but by and large it has been a big success. After all, the blog's still standing, right?
I know that by making my own blog the test site for SETT I'm inadvertently making you a guinea pig, so thank you for putting up with the glitches (and bad email formatting) that have come along the way.
For those of you who haven't had a chance to explore the new SETT stuff on the blog, here's a short video highlighting some of the biggest changes:
Within 2-3 weeks, we'll be getting a few of our friends migrated over to SETT, and from there our next goal will be to open it to the public so that anyone will be able to have a SETT blog. You may have noticed that I now reply to pretty much every comment. It's not just because I'm trying promote SETT, it's because the process of replying to people is way easier now, and I know they'll get an email saying there's a reply. I'm really excited about getting more people running SETT and helping to make blogs a more social and interactive experience.
This post is a work in progress, since we’re just now selling our company Socialize to ShareThis. I also wrote about how the experience feels, and what getting a deal done is like.
One of my goals is to ensure a successful outcome from the deal. I'll start by defining what I mean by "successful outcome:" That the combination of the two companies produces more value together than we would have been able to achieve alone.
The first thing I did was start writing an Integration Document with my co-founders when we signed the term sheet. This document laid out the specific goals of the acquisition, the resources we had at our disposal, and the key items we would need to request to achieve those goals. Once we had co-edited that document in Google Docs to a point where we were all satisfied with it, I shared it with the ShareThis executive team.
I had already discussed and gotten agreement from Kurt, the CEO, on what the main goals of the acquisition were pre-term sheet. In the integration document, I outlined how we were going to prioritize those goals, and what resources we were going to put into them to achieve the goals.