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The Feed - Discussion & Feedback [message #47794] Thu, 03 May 2012 03:33 UTC Go to previous message
avatar ChristianA  is currently offline ChristianA
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We're always hard at work here at Shapeways, striving to bring you the best possible experience. Of course, that often involves some serious bug squashing and site fixing, but we also like to get together at the end of the day (often over beers) to try to come up with some interesting ideas that can really improve the whole experience.

One topic that was brought recently was how can we visualize what is happening on Shapeways right now? There is so much awesomeness being created, shared, and brought to life, but it's not always readily apparent if you're browsing the gallery. How cool would it be if you saw what was being created, favorited, purchased, and shared with the world? Pretty cool.

We ran with the idea and quickly hacked up a feed of Shapeways activity (regarding only public models of course). It shows the following:

- The purchase of a product
- A product being favorited
- A new picture uploaded to a product
- Someone leaving a comment on a product
- A product being shared on a social network
- The total number of views that product has

Once we were finished scrappily putting this together, we took a look at what we did and shared it with our colleagues. We couldn't get enough of it. Until now, we relied on the forum and scouring the galleries to surface community activity -- now, we have a peek into the creative energy of the Shapeways community. Seeing all the activity was exciting, addictive, and felt like we were playing with a new toy! So today, we want to share our new toy with you. You can take a look at the "Feed Of The Future" right here: www.shapeways.com/feed

We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!

Also, this isn't all we're up to - we still are building great tools and making improvements to improve your experience with shop management, uploading, materials, and other areas of Shapeways!

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