Here is an update the ActiveRain labs on what we're working on right now!
Back in March of 2015, we introduced a new notification icon in the header of our website that was designed to help our members see when people are engaging with the ideas they share on ActiveRain. That little icon has done of a great job of driving more engagement in the community and removing some of our dependence on email notifications.
Based on the success from that project, we decided it was time to bring notifications to our mobile site. If you haven't been paying attention, we've been steadily building out our ActiveRain mobile site over the past year. All of these pages and features are now optimed for your phone.
- Blog posts (critical for good SEO)
- Home page
- BlogHome page
- Q&A site
- Ask a Question
- Profile page for every member
- Blogging page for every member
- Following and Follower pages (members-only)
- Points page (members-only)
- Bookmarks (members-only)
In our next big release (most likely in early June 2015) we are going to open up these three new features to the community.
The mobile notifications are going to use the same logic that the desktop version of our site uses. You will see a little orange icon pop-up that indicates how many new notifications have arrived since the last time you checked.
Clicking on the notification icon will take you to our next new mobile feature, the My Home page.
My Home Page
The My Home page is one of the highest traffic page on ActiveRain, so we are thrilled to be adding this to our line up of mobile pages. The My Home page is where you can view and filter all of the notifications that you received on the system.
On this page you will be able to filter what types of notifications you see according to these categories:
- New Followers
- Blog Likes
- Comments Received
- Comment Likes
- Referral Request
- Referral Alert
- Question Likes
- Answers Received
- Answers Upvoted
- Answer Comments
The final element we built was a message page for when a visitor or a logged-in member fills out one of the contact forms we provide on your blog.
If You Aren't Using ActiveRain on Your Phone...
Our mobile usage on the site increased from 13% to 31% over the past 12 months. Mobile is a great way to build your network and consume all of the amazing content generated by the community. Have five minutes to spare? Log on to ActiveRain on your phone and check out all of the work we've done.