It's been just over a year since we launched virtual gifts. You can send virtual gifts to anyone on LJ and they'll show up straight to the person's profile page for two weeks before expiring. Virtual gifts, or v-gifts as we like to call them, cost $.99 and can be bought in the Gift Shop.
In honor of the first anniversary of our v-gifts feature, we spruced things up a bit:
- New virtual gifts!
- Limited edition v-gifts: These include the Emo Heart and a Be Mine card. We'll do new limited edition sets every year so collect them while you can! All the new v-gifts were created by chasethestars.
- V-gift history page: This page will display all the v-gifts you've ever gotten, so you can show them off to friends or delete old ones you don't want around. Access it via two links: One link is only visible whenever you have v-gifts (right below the gifts displayed on your profile page) and the other link is found in your full profile view ("v-gifts = #").
We've just added a ton of styles! Paid account holders get access to over 70 new styles and Plus users get access to 25+ of the styles as well. Both Plus and Paid users can switch to the brand new Valentine's-themed "Hearts & Daisies" style.
You can find all these additional styles in the Journal Display area. Just click on the Look and Feel tab and select "Expressive" as your layout (to use the "Hearts & Daises" style, select "Mixit"). If you'd like access to these new styles, you can get or renew your Paid account or switch to the Plus level.
Ad Placement Testing
We're testing a new ad placement option for Plus users. If you'd like to try it out, we would love your feedback. Read this post in lj_ads for all the information and testing instructions.
Now you can add content from a bunch of new sites and providers! LiveJournal has whitelisted sites including Slide, deviantART, vimeo.com, break.com, revver.com, stylefeeder, webshots.com, pickle.com, comedycentral.com, addictingclips.com and imeem.com. You can find information on all the new whitelisted providers in this FAQ.
Tweaks, Fixes & Behind the Scenes
Even if you don't hear from us every day here in news, rest assured that the team is constantly working on stuff behind the scenes. Here are just a few things the team has worked on over the past few weeks:
- xb95 fixed a huge, nasty bug that caused users to get intermittent "POST required, or missing parameter" errors.
- We wanted to give boredinsomniac a shout out for making a suggestion that the team was able to implement.
- We've tweaked some elements of the Horizon site scheme and there are more to come! Keep up with all the site scheme plans and polls in lj_design.
- The team fixed about 50+ bugs/issues, and you can check out the full list in lj_releases.
Some of the projects we're working on include improvements to Directory Search and a Mass Securities Editing Tool for Paid users.
Happy Valentine's Day!