Krissy (ljkrissy) wrote in news,

June news

We're back -- did you miss us?  Do you like the new userpic veroz made for us all?  Here's what we've been working on since our last post.

Better Styles Management
Keep an eye on the Styles management pages for an overhaul that will be launching very soon. There are also big changes in the works on our style systems, which are currently called S1 and S2.  We're working on making S2 your best choice by bringing in some of S1's functionality to it.  The goal is to have one style system that's powerful, flexible and easy to use.  We encourage you to switch to S2 now!

More New Stuff
While we're always working on big new features for you, we wanted to point out a couple of smaller tweaks and improvements.  There are some changes to the Edit Profile page which resulted in the new pages called Viewing Options (where you can turn on the Navigation Strip) and Comment Settings.  The engineers have pushed some fixes including the ability to change back to Plain Text from the Rich Text editor.  There are other bugs they are still working on, but if you are experiencing issues please contact Support.

You've also probably noticed the new "Did You Know?" reminders that show up after you log in and after you post.  These reminders are there to let you know about features you haven't used as well as new additions to the site.  Visit the Did You Know? page to view all the reminders.

Sponsored+ Account Level
Since the launch of the new Sponsored+ account level back in April, we've enjoyed hearing all of your thoughts and opinions on it.  A couple hundred thousand of you have already made the switch, and we really appreciate it.  Your choice to move to the Sponsored+ level is a big support to the site and will enable us to make improvements to the new level and to the site as a whole.  Stay tuned this summer as we start to roll out the feature improvements that have been enabled by your support of the site. 

If you're interested in getting more features for free, switch to Sponsored+ now.

Gathering Data
We have recently re-implemented HitBox, a site-wide data-gathering service that will help us dig deeper into how users and visitors use LiveJournal.  The data we collect will help us prioritize our improvements to the site, among other things.   A few folks were very concerned about privacy with the Hitbox service, and thanks to their feedback we were able to make some changes to how we'll use the service.  Most sites on the web do keep track of which pages you visit, and we're trying to be even more respectful of your privacy.  You won't actually see a change to your experience using LJ.

If you'd like to know more about HitBox, please read all about it in this post to lj_biz

Staff Welcomes
Join us in welcoming poignantly and hachi to the Engineering team, kimmi8 as our Product Manager, joydtaylor to our Sales team and chasethestars to the Design team! 

Congratulations to all the graduates of 2006!  We wish all our users a safe, happy and productive summer.  Stay tuned to news, tipoftheday and lj_spotlight (and frankthecomic for a laugh!) as we'll be bringing you tips on how to make the most of your LJ experience all summer long.

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