May 11th, 2011

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Navigation strip update, Favicons, Identity account improvements, Free vgift for Paid users

UPDATE: We've fixed the issue where the by-journal-type filter options went missing from the navigation strip -- you can again sort by 'view journals only', 'view communities only', and 'view feeds only'. We've also fixed the problem with comment subject line icons.

This week we've got new systems features to pass along, our weekly contest winners, and vgifts. We kick things off with our main goat, Frank. He really took advantage of the great weather we've had here over the last couple weeks and he's exhausted. Right now Frank just wants to relax indoors and play a game. Tell him your favorite board game (a matching userpic is always welcome), and Frank'll throw a pair of dice your way (up through the first 10 pages of comments).

Navigation strip update

The Navigation strip has been expanded and divided into two sections, allowing you easy access to commonly used functions. For those who don't know, the Navigation strip is the menu interface accessible along the top of the page when you're viewing journals and communities. The section on the left will always display links to the same features:

  • Message inbox with message counter
  • LJ Tokens with remaining token indicator
  • Home
  • Post to journal
  • Friends page
  • Account settings
  • FAQs

  • The right side of the Navigation strip will change to display links often associated with the page you're viewing. The strip changes when viewing pages like: your own journal, someone else's journal, a community you moderate or maintain, a community you're in, and a community you have not joined. You may also customize (or activate/deactivate) the Navigation strip to suit your browsing style.

    Important stuff to know

  • Favicons: A favicon, or favorites icon, is the little image associated with a particular web page that you see to the left of the URL on the web browser bar. Starting today, the favicon used for your personal journal will be your currently selected userhead (including custom userheads). On supported web browsers, the favicon will appear in all or some of the following places: the address bar, next to the name of web page in your bookmarks, and next to a page's title if your browser supports tabbed-browsing.
  • Identity account improvements: Identity accounts (OpenID, Twitter connect, Facebook connect, etc) can now post entries in communities.
  • Thread expander feature: The thread expander feature, which allows comment threads to be expanded without reloading the entire web page, is now available in all S2 journal styles.
  • It's raining jelly beans!

    If you have a Paid or Permanent account (or if you've signed up for our free Paid Account trial), you can send five free handfuls of jelly beans now until Monday, May 16th, at 4pm, PDT! You'll see both the free and the $0.99 gifts displayed until you've sent them to your friends. If you're not receiving vgifts (from friends and/or Frank), you may have disabled them. To enable vgifts, visit Edit profile (under Profile), scroll down to the bottom of the page, and check your settings. Make sure the box beside 'Disable sponsored only' is NOT checked! Happy snacking!

    For more fun with photos and LJ_Scribe, we'll catch you under the cut! Collapse )

    Thanks for stopping by. See you next week!