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Blog Archive (March, 2008)

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

I got a little change in my pocket going jingle lingle ling

Today we extend the functionality of your Pocket and how you share it. When we first created the pocket, it was based on the idea that there needs to be a place to save items for future reference. This makes sense for personal use. But the pocket was not friend friendly. So today we introduce the Pocket Blog.

The Pocket Blog:

Your Pocket Blog is an extension of your pocket. It is a standalone page where others can view not just the title of the items you've pocketed, but the entire post. If you know CSS you can customize the look and feel of this page (we'll follow up with another post on Customizing Your Pocket Blog). You can Pick Pocket any item that you come across in another Pocket Blog, addding it to your pocket.

RSS Feed:

You can Shyft or grab the RSS feed of any Pocket Blog. You no longer have to go to your friend's profile page to see what they're saving.

How to use the Pocket Blog:

You must first set your privacy settings to:
  • Profile - Everyone
  • My Pocket - Everyone
How to get to a Pocket Blog:
  • Select the Pocket tab on your or a friend's profile page
  • Select Pocket Blog link at the top of the list

At the top of your friend's Pocket Blog are buttons to Shyft the Pocket Blog or grab the RSS feed so you can use it elsewhere.

As we introduce the Pocket Blog today, sharing your pocket and following others has become a whole lot easier.

Posted by Dave Stanley (Permanant Link to this post)  

Friday, March 7th, 2008


My Feeds

We added a new tab at the top called My Feeds. This is so you can get directly into the reader, no matter where you are in Shyftr, with one click.


Friends now appear in your profile when added. You can still manage your Top 15.

When you log in, the Home tab no longer appears at the top. If you would like to circle back to that page, there is a Home link at the bottom of the site or you can go to

Posted by Dave Stanley (Permanant Link to this post)  

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Search - Social

Today is a big day for feed and member searches. Here is what's new.

Social feed searches
Feed search results now include:

  • Ability to Shyft the feed
  • The number of people that are subscribed to the feed
  • A random sample of 10 people that are subscribed to the feed (if you mark a feed as private, you will not appear in a feed search result)

You can now run feed searches based on topic. Try searching for a feed using: technology, sports, gossip. When you find a feed that you want to add, you can now see a sample of other people that are already subscribed to it. Maybe they have other feeds that you haven't heard of, but might be interested in. Go for it!

Social search:

If you check, Only show results with feed subscribers (social search), only feeds that have subscribers will show up in the results, and the order in which results are returned are influenced by social elements.


You can now search for users by username or email address. Limited profile information is attached to each user.

You can also search for users based on topic. For example, check out these 3 member searches: new york, tech, guide. Hopefully, this will help you find people that share similar interests.

Our search has taken a big step forward. We've improved on the core of our search engine, and we've added some new features which will hopefully help you add, find, and learn about feeds more effectively.

Posted by Dave Stanley (Permanant Link to this post)  

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

New - Notifications

You can now receive email notifications for the following:

  1. When someone leaves you a comment
  2. When someone adds you as a friend
  3. When someone suggests a feed to you, or when someone suggests a content item to you

These settings are turned on by default. If you would like to disable any or all of them, go to the Privacy tab in your preferences, uncheck the notification(s) you would like to disable, and save your settings.

Posted by Dave Stanley (Permanant Link to this post)  


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