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Site Wide & My Friends Activity – What’s More Useful When

  • jvinch


    Not a technical problem but more a usability observation.

    I think Sitewide Activity is an extremely useful module, it provides a snapshot and really draws new (and unregistered) users in. Yet, I can easily see that when a site grows, it quickly becomes less valuable. With 1000 users on a site, do I really care what everyone is doing when I’m already a member? Can I even keep up?

    That brings me to the My Friends view of the Sitewide Activity. In the scenario with an established site with many users, that would give me a much more useful snapshot when I log on.

    So here’s a thought – why not combine these views in the sitewide activity widget? When someone’s logged out or unregistered, ALL site activity shows. When someone’s logged in, the My Friends activity becomes the default view. Perhaps with a way to easily toggle back and forth. Perhaps even with a default view selector in a user profile?

    Thoughts? Feedback?

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  • Burt Adsit


    I was thinking about this kind of thing as well. In more general terms. I’m creating a bp member theme skin. Right now just trying to integrate it with the rest of the site. As I’m doing this I’m going over the features that are in that theme. Since I’m fooling with them, I’m thinking about them.

    What do I want to see in this theme. How would I change it. I was thinking more about how I operate on my site and other sites. What changes would I make that would make my life easier on the net.

    The first thing I would implement is a ‘favorites’ or ‘watch’ component. Kinda like rss feed aggregation. I make comments on people’s blogs. I start topics on the forums and reply to topics. I don’t remember all the junk I do in one day. So being reminded of *my* activity is important.

    Viewing my group’s activity is important. Some blog’s are important and I want to see posts from those select blogs. *Some* of my friend’s activity is important. Forum and blog posts for some of my friends.

    I’d like to be able to see *all* that stuff above and selectively see a subset of that. That subset is what’s important to me at the moment. It’ll change day to day.

    Favorites, watches. Things I want to monitor. I’d like to be able to just dynamically add and delete such things.

    I want to do this in one place. One screen. A bp/mu Heads Up Display. For me. I want ‘My HUD’.

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