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.
I mentioned last week that I had a deadline which I was working towards. I'm going to explain a bit more about this because a) it's consuming my life these days and b) I have the feeling this is going to be the beginning of something big. If it is something big, I think it might be interesting to hear it from the beginning.
What is Y Combinator?
Y Combinator is a "startup accelerator". Since that doesn't mean much, I'll explain how it works. You and your cofounder apply to Y Combinator. If they like you and your startup idea, they give you around $20k in exchange for a small piece of your company.
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.