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News From The Lab - Tribal Vibes

It's been a while since a tech update found its way onto the blog. Rest assured we've been working hard on some new goodies! Today we've introduced a new feature called Fridae Labs.

Fridae Labs is where we experiment with some new features. We've been having fun playing with them in the office, and thought it would be nice to offer our users a way to play with these features too :)

Lab Experiments can be considered "beta" - they're very experimental, and there are likely to be bugs. We'd appreciate your feedback (and patience, while we fix bugs).

To access Labs and check out our current Experiments, click on Settings > Fridae Labs in your user console. The Labs page will tell you what's currently available and show you how to access it.

Our first Lab Experiment is "Tribes", a major new groupware feature for Fridae.

Tribes

A Tribe allows Fridae members to arrange themselves into a group around a common cause or interest.

You can use a Tribe to find other members who are into the same things as you, and if you can't find one you can create your own.

Each Tribe gets its own discussion board and photo galleries for members to interact with each other, and it can also have private Agenda items visible only to its members.

A Tribe can be public (anyone can join), or private (an invitation is required to join). You can hide the Tribe's contents or the Tribe itself from anyone who's not a member.

The Tribe page also has a distinctive new layout style which can be customised by the Tribe Master.

Fridae will maintain a public "Tribe Index" which will list all Tribes that have opted in to be shown to the public.

Anyone can create a Tribe, for any reason! Here's a few off the top of my head:

  • Australians in Singapore (that's me)
  • Transformers Fans (again, me)
  • Hamish and Andy Fans (yeah, its me again)
  • People who go to the same gym as you
  • Fridae Members who attend the same college or university

and so on - the sky's the limit!

Joining or creating a Tribe is a great way to get involved with and get to know other Fridae members who might not necessarily be looking for Personals - give it a go today!

UI of the Tiger

Today we've introduced a change to the Fridae user menu.

When we updated to our current site design, we used a 4x4 grid of icons to convey menu options and action information:

Original Fridae v6 Menu Design

This presented us with a few problems:

  • Adding new menu items was problematic - we could only add 4 buttons at a time!
  • The graphics contained the text in whichever language is needed. For future translations, we need to create new graphics.
  • Because of size restrictions in the design, the text in the graphics was quite small - almost too small to read.
  • Users are often confused by the numbers added to the icons - we never really explained the difference between red and blue tabs very well.

 

I think it's safe to say that we were really going for a menu design reminiscent of an iPhone home screen, but we didn't quite achieve what we wanted.

With today's updated menu, we hope to address these issues.

Our new menu is simpler and easier on the eye - it's a better match for the site's color palette, and as a straight top-down vertical layout it's simpler to comprehend.

We grouped menu options into functional areas, many of which expand to provide additional options when clicked:

  • Actionable items (ones that require an action or response from you) - messages, hearts and requests - remain at the top.
  • Lists of users - friends, favourites, tracks, blacklist, etc - follow, with a separate section for your friends and favourites currently online.
  • Tools for modifying your profile and related data are next (Add/Edit) - you can find options to jump directly to new Travel Plans and Blogs, and finally an option to manage Directory listings.
  • Next you'll find Settings - preferences related to your account and how you use Fridae. You no longer need to click through to an interim page to see all the options in this area.
  • Finally, we've added a link to our new Referral System - we'd like you to invite your friends to come and join you on Fridae! (if you didn't already know)

 

We'd like your feedback on the new menu design and layout - did we do something wrong? Did we do something right? Click here to contact us and let us know what you think, or add a comment below!

PS: If the new menu's a bit confusing, you can click on the  icon below the menu to switch back to the original menu. You should let us know your thoughts, though - we don't plan to keep the old menu around for long. :)

 

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