Smoothing the path

February 20, 2007

A new version of phuser is out today.

Compared to most phuser upgrades, the focus of this release is a little unusual.  Apart from the new Home Page, which we hope is a bit punchier than the old one, regular users won’t notice too much change other than a couple of modest enhancements:

Expand active phuseBlocks1) 1st and 2nd degree friends are now shown in seperate boxes when you view your own profile.

2) When you look at a phuse, a new control near the top expands the overviews of all phuseBlocks that have had some action since you last looked – see right:

“Is that it?” you ask?

Well no.

 One of the best things about this beta phase is that we finally get to see what works and what doesn’t.  With the invaluable help of our active early users we’ve already uncovered a stack of things to sort out.  But as often as not, we’re learning that ‘what doesn’t work’ can be something quite intangible and conceptual rather than something solid and functional.

For example, we know that new people joining phuser, especially those who haven’t had the benefit of a helping hand from an phuser veteran, can have a hard landing once they sign up.  It’s not clear to them what they should do first, or even why they’re there! So we ask ourselves:

‘How do we get the phuser concept across to new people without smothering them with excess verbiage?’ 

That is the thorny question we are grappling with at the moment.  So as part of our plan to improve this side of things we have a new phuser Home Page and a new Tour.  Whether you’re familiar with phuser or not, why not try the tour and let us know if it works for you.  (Existing phusers – please post on the forum!)

There’s also a new phuse wizard and welcome/landing page in the works to help new users find their bearings and create their first phuse.  The tutorials have been updated too.

This process of smoothing the path for new users is a critical one and we know we still have a lot of work to do until it’s as easy and straightfoward as it needs to be. Stay tuned.


Best ever phuser – new version now live

February 8, 2007

The phuser team is happy to announce that the first upgrade of phuser since our launch has gone smoothly.  This new version (evocatively named ‘v0.11.2’) includes several improvements suggested by our intrepid band of early adopters, as well as many fixes for things that came to light during phuser’s first appearance in the spotlight of public attention.

The full list of changes and fixes runs to 51 items, but some of the highlights that we think our users will welcome include:

  • Online indicatorSee which friends are around with the ‘Online’ indicator in profile and thumbnail views  (right)
  • See when a friend last signed in – now shown in their profile
  • View your own profile (e.g. click your username in the far top right) and see your complete network of 1st and 2nd degree friends (and your phusepower score!)
  • phuseBlock comments improved, with link and smiley support, reply method icon (web, email or SMS) and various other improvements
  • Top-menu rearranged following the results of the poll in our phuser GUI phuse
  • Collect phusepower points as you go about your daily phusing! Do points mean prizes? It’s too soon to say…
  • Invitation phuseBlock renamed to RSVP to avoid confusion with Network Invitations
  • Banish the ‘Input requested’ question-mark icon – click ‘Ignore’ on a phuseBlock (below)

Other less exciting but nevertheless sanity-saving fixes include:

  • Left-bar menu in My Network pages is hopefully more consistent and useful  
  • Occasional lingering ‘New phuseBlock’ icon even when there are none – now fixed.
  • Quicklink bar on Homepage now stays closed when you close it
  • Longer comments now permitted
  • Various fixes to phuseBlock creation and deletion
  • Names can now include apostrophes. Yes really.
  • Loads more…

See for yourselfRequest an invitation to join our community of beta users now.

Our thanks once again to everyone who has been giving such valuable feedback on the phuser forum.


Hello

February 7, 2007

This is the official blog for phuser.com – the antidote to Social Networking sites. The Beta version of phuser is now live so stop reading this and go and request an invitation. If you register with phuser now you can have a real input shaping how the site develops. Since the site is in Beta everything is completely free, including SMS sending.

phuser is Social Networking for your real-life friends. It lets you share private spaces, plan activities and collaborate with people you know. phuser provides useful tools for organising and messaging, it also intergrates with email and SMS.

This blog is where we’ll be posting official anouncements and news about phuser. As well as a few others things that we find that we decide are worth sharing with the world.

We hope you enjoy using, phuser.

The phuser Team