Development Blog for grepr

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Hi again everyone,

We've been working on back end functionality such as optimizations and database related improvements. This was to allow us to offer new ways for you to access your information without coming to grepr directly. Below are some new features that we hope you'll find useful.

There is a new link in the main menu labeled "Connect To." This area provides how to:

- Add your subscriptions to your own website
- Receive your recommendations via an RSS feed
- Receive episodes of your recommendations directly through your podcast client (a feature that Eric and myself have been looking forward to implementing)

We've also added the ability for users to upload avatar images. These will not appear throughout the site right away, but within the next week or two, we hope to release a new set of features that will incorporate this new addition.

As always, thank you for your feedback and we'll do our best to respond to it as quickly as possible.

- Michael
grepr development team

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Hi everyone,

This week we've been focusing on improving the backend abilities of the site to handle more podcasts and more users. We've increased our directory to more than 40,000 podcasts (33% increase over last week) and hope to have a much larger amount by this time next week.

We've also added a new filtering feature to grepr. Once visitors have signed in, they can filter what podcasts they view by language and by content rating. The accuracy of these filters will be based on the quality of the feeds in our directory.

As always we'd love to hear feedback from anyone that visits, and hope you all are enjoying the site.

- Michael
grepr development team

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Just to keep everyone updated on progress we rolled out a bunch of new features on Monday (10/30). The plan is to update the site on Mondays and accompany the update with a post. Here are the new features to look for, or more likely some of the features to look for as this will be your first time at grepr.

  1. Increased our podcast index 50% from 20,000+ to 30,000+
  2. Login boxes now automatically appear on any pages that require log in for the site visitor.
  3. Improved the sub menu for aesthetics and ease of use.
  4. improved upon the welcome area of the main page. More improvements are planned in the future for first time visitors.
  5. added the ability for users to reset their password
  6. added remember me option to the login page (stay logged in from this computer)
  7. Made easy to follow instructions for importing their subscriptions and adding single feeds
  8. Improved the speed subscriptions are added, while still allowing for handling of large opml (subscription) files later
Expect to see a number of new items each week as we continue to improve the site. This upcoming Monday you will see more additions to the site features for usability purposes. In the not to distant future features for viewing your recommendations/subscriptions off of will start to pop out.

We hope you are all excited about the improvements to grepr, we know we are.

- Eric
grepr development team