Can you spot the difference? (Jan. Features Update)

Like we promised from our Holiday blog, we will be unveiling our next set of features! Are you excited? I know we are! Nothing is better than seeing things visually. So let’s play a game of “Can you spot the difference?” Look at the 2 images below. Besides the contents on the virtual cork board and the members list, there are 4 other things that are different. Can you spot them?

What an Arc used to look like
What an Arc looks like now

That’s right! There is green dot next to the member’s pictures, a megaphone underneath that, the disappearance of the light blue block-like background, and a more refreshing style of faded light blue all over instead of the block of light blue in the background!

1. Who is online?: The dot immediately turns green when that member is online. You don’t need to refresh the page, it comes on in real time. For comparison, this is what online looks like, and what offline looks like. Online Offline

2. Who is the creator?: The speaker phone icon is only visible in the profile of the member who is the creator or administrator of the Arc.

Creator of the group and the site
Creator of the group and the site

They are the only person who can delete posters and change settings of the Arc. Regular members will get stopped with this message: only the creator can do this

3. Was this site made in the 90’s?: Regarding feedback that we have gotten about the color scheme and overall aesthetics of the site, we are making baby steps towards making it more sleek and modern. The light blue fade and eliminating the block-like blue background is our first attempt at it. What do you think?

Announcement feed now
Announcement feed before
Announcement feed now
Announcement feed now

The rest of the new features have one thing in common. It is something that I can’t show you through images, you have to experience it to find out. What do you think it is?

"I don't know. Tell me already!"
“I don’t know. Tell me already!”

They make our site more alive for all you Zappers out there. You may be thinking, “Alive? What do you mean? Can it know what I’m thinking?” Alive, yes. Knowing what you are thinking, maybe (if our programmers guessed your habits correctly).

Alive means that you and your friends and family can interact with the website in real time. If your Aunt Mabel posts about a family reunion at the same time that you are adding a cool drawing that you did to the virtual cork board, you see it right away. Here are the features that we have live so far:

  • When my fellow Zappers are online
  • When comments are deleted and created
  • When items on the virtual cork board are resized, moved, created, deleted, or edited.
  • When events are created, deleted, or updated

Pretty cool, right? We know that these new features are not very big, but we are still a scrappy puppy in a sea of big dogs.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The next set of features are going to be even bigger. You want to know how I know? Because it’s a secret and I’m helping with the designs. So get excited and invite your friend who’s sitting next to you (or that you see all the time) to join your Arc! That way, you can see the live features happen in real time, at the same time on ArcZap. What’s more entertaining than that?

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