Take a seat, readers and authors, because today we have a big announcement for you. We’ve mentioned before that we’re reinventing our site to better facilitate our growing community and the discussions that are happening around our stories. These changes serve the purpose of making our website more engaging, and making new stories easier to find. Well, we’ve now completed the first stage in our new site’s development–and it’s awesome.

Introducing…

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These slick new profile pages will replace the original front page for each user on the site. They come with a plethora of nifty features, including customizable activity feeds. These feeds allow users to interact with each other and their favorite stories in new and exciting ways. Let’s take a tour, shall we?

First, everyone now has a wall. It includes stats on their participation in the community as well as a short bio. What you do in the community will build your reputation as an author, commentator, reviewer, or new story scout.  When any user, registered or not, visits your profile on the new jukepop.com, this wall is what they will be greeted with.

The wall features two snazzy activity feeds. The community feed is a live feed of what’s happening around the site. It includes the latest discussions on a story, news of the latest chapter updates, donation announcements, chapter reviews, and more. In a nutshell, it keeps track of all the latest developments on the site. We’re hoping everyone will discover new stories through the community feed, new users to follow, and join in on many of the discussions occurring on our hottest stories.

Wait, did we say “follow”? That’s right–you can now follow or be followed by other users on JukePop!

This is where the personal feed comes in. The content on the personal feed fills up with the activity of stories on your bookshelf, new people you follow, including their latest comments, reviews, chapter releases (if they’re an author), and so on. So if you spot a great review or a hilarious comment from someone, follow them to discover stories they’re reading.  Likewise, once someone follows you, everything you do (with exceptions such as which story you’ve voted for) in the community will be automatically broadcasted to their personal feed. Now you can check in on your favorite stories, authors, and community members like never before.

We’ve made a few other changes in this update as well, such as the ability to “like” comments, reply to comments directly from the feed, nudge an author with the “wants more” button, and of course, a slew of user interface upgrades. It’s a newer, savvier, more community-oriented JukePop. And again, this is just the beginning.

In the future you’ll be able to:

  • Leave a message on users’ walls
  • Broadcast announcements or start a discussion with your followers
  • For authors, a story feed – all activities related to your stories in a single feed
  • …and more, based on your feedback

For those who miss the original front page, don’t fret. Just hit the “Explore Stories” link to be taken back to ye olden times. Alternatively, you can now find links to all our genres and categories right on the side of your user profile.

 

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So, what do you think? Do you “like” the new changes? Leave us “comment” and let us know!

p.s. We’ve automatically added users to your followers and following list to populated your personalized feed.  Now you’re sure to not miss a chance to interact with those you care about.