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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Preview #8 - Getting the Message

Now that you have an idea of what your fellow users all about, you might want to get in touch with those users. We've built a few options into the new site that make that possible, and allow each user to have as much or as little contact as he or she chooses...

Private Messages: These messages are simply short notes that users can send to each other. The site keeps track of message history between users, so you can easily view entire conversations that might take place over several days or weeks. If a conversation gets out of hand, you can block that user from sending you further messages.

Email Contact Form: For situations where private messages aren't enough, each user has the option to enable a personal email contact form. This form allows other users to send you emails without you having to expose your email address on the site. Messages arrive in your own inbox, where you can reply (or not reply) at your leisure.

Forums: One-on-one conversations are fine, but sometimes you want to speak to a lot of people all at once. That's where forums come in. If you've used forums on other sites, there won't be a lot of surprises here (well, maybe one or two, which I'll speak to at a later date). Users post messages, other users reply, and everyone gets a chance to read and participate.

Comments: Just like on the existing site, users have the opportunity to post comments on the content they view. On the new site, there's a lot more content to comment on, including content directly created by and related to other users. Because of this, comments have the potential to become conversations in and of themselves, and allow you yet another chance to better know your fellow writers.

There you have it. Time permitting, I'll be back with another preview before the end of this week. If you're a newsletter subscriber, watch your inbox next week for an important announcement about the redesign, one that will change the face of LitMatch forever!

Christopher Hawkins

1 comment:

sallyhanan said...

Love it! Just posted a blog about this, too.