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Getting ready for some pretty major changes. And a chance at a Sneak Peek...

Article by Scott_J
Published to Family Tree Circles Blog

I've been hard at work on some pretty significant changes here on FamilyTreeCircles, big enough that I want to roll this out a little more carefully than I usually do.

For now, the only noticeable change is the header.

If yours doesn't look like that with the black bar at the top, try holding down the shift key while hitting the reload (or refresh) button on your browser. Or just wait and it'll update eventually.

So what's changing?

I've completely redesigned the user profile page. My goal is to make your user profile the hub of your activity, a much nicer home for you here on FamilyTreeCircles. The default view will be a full view of all your journals, formatted much like a blog. That way, anyone who follows your every post can easily see what you've been writing. If you organize your posts into categories, that will be much more visible. And your Assist! locations and surnames will be featured prominently as well.

In fact, it's going to be a lot like having your own blog, which is where I am headed with this.

And speaking of following, I'll be reintroducing he concept of "follow"ing. By following someone, you will be able to keep track of their new stuff.

When's it coming?

I'm still testing it out, but if you would like a sneak peek, just comment here on this post and I'll turn it on for you.

I'll probably grow impatient and make it available in the next few days, but I'd love to get some feedback first.

Again, just comment below if you'd like to try it out and give me some feedback.

Thanks!

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by Scott_J Profile | Research | Contact | Subscribe | Block this user
on 2011-11-22 17:29:09

Scott Jangro is the owner of FamilyTreeCircles.com and has documented roots back to Mayflower passengers Stephen Hopkins and William Brewster. If you're wondering what he's doing when he's mysteriously absent, here's some links to other stuff he's responsible for: about.me/jangro.

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by tonkin on 2011-11-22 17:40:07

I'm game.

Give me a peek.

by Scott_J on 2011-11-22 17:57:13

OK tonkin, all set. You'll see that your profile links in the header above have changed and go to a different location. That will be come your default profile view.

You can send feedback via private message, or if you want to send it to me live, go here:

FamilyTreeCircles chat

I'll be in that chat room for the next several hours.

by tonkin on 2011-11-22 18:45:20

Thanks for the peek Scott. It works well.

I don't mind if you leave it on. If I have any problems with it will let you know.

by Scott_J on 2011-11-22 19:34:18

I missed you by 30 seconds in the chat room, Jan!

To be clear, that chat room isn't part of familytreecircles. It's a third party app that I thought might be useful for real-time feedback.

by millorange on 2011-11-22 23:26:39

I would love to see the new profile page. Thank you

by itellya on 2011-11-23 00:06:55

It sounds like a great idea Scott. Once again, thanks for all your hard work.

by Scott_J on 2011-11-23 00:23:49

Millorange, I've given you access.

Itellya, thanks! And I've added you as well even though you didn't explicly ask. :)

You'll find the new profile behind the "Your home" and "profile" links in the menus in the header. It'll be a bit disjointed with the rest of the site as many links go to your old profile still.

by ngairedith on 2011-11-23 05:24:42

hi there Scott,

it's all onwards and upwards here at familytreecircles

had a quick peek in the chat room then got called away to the phone but would like a good 'nosey' around all the new things going on.

Like the message and profile up there too

by Scott_J on 2011-11-23 07:13:50

It sure is! I've given you access.

Sorry I missed you in the chat room.

To answer Jan's question in the chat room, I'll put a more permanent link in the contact us and help pages here.

by Scott_J on 2011-11-23 12:20:12

As I mentioned above, I can be impatient with these things. :)

The changes are now live for everybody. I'll be posting more details about this change soon.

by Scott_J on 2011-11-23 13:13:13

As promised, here's some more information about the changes...

Announcing New Profiles on FamilyTreeCircles

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