11 Sep 2009

Slick New User Account Pages

One of our ongoing projects has been revamping all of the useful pages in your account at IntenseDebate.com.  We’ll be the first to admit it, there’s a ton of awesome features in your profile but they need to be better organized so you can find them all!  We don’t want you to be overwhelmed with too many sudden changes, so we’ve been rolling out small changes over the past several weeks, some of which have likely gone unnoticed, until now…

We have released two major changes. The first is our stylish new home page at IntenseDebate.com. Since you have to be logged out of your IntenseDebate account in order to see the front page (click here to logout), you might not have noticed that one. But, the next change you will undoubtedly notice when you’re logged into your account, and that’s your shiny new Edit Profile page.

So what’s new?
It’s all about the layout. On our old profile pages we just crammed in as much as we could. We would release new features like our Twitter integration (tweet this & latest tweets) or our Gravatar support and we would squeeze it into the old page. Now we’ve organized it a bit more sensibly.  In your Profile Panel you’ll find the following:

  • Account Page: here you can manage your basic account settings like your username, email address, OpenID, password, and email notification options.
  • User Profile Page: your display name, profile description, and your personal websites (linked to in your profile) are all located here.
  • User Picture: manage your Gravatar or IntenseDebate avatar.
  • Services: this is where you can manage all of your 3rd party services that you link to in your profile, as well as your Twitter account integration.

We think you’ll agree that this is a major improvement.  Hats off to Isaac and Jon for their work!  Keep an eye for more changes as we continue to make our way across IntenseDebate.com. 🙂

Posted by Michael Koenig in features

19 Aug 2009

New IntenseDebate Plugin – TweetMeme!

We’re excited to introduce a new IntenseDebate Plugin: TweetMeme retweet button for your posts!

What’s TweetMeme?TweetMeme retweet button

The TweetMeme retweet button is for website and blog publishers who want to encourage their audience to tweet their content on twitter.

The button shows a live count of the number of times your webpage or blog post has been tweeted.

Now you can install the TweetMeme retweet button with one click through your IntenseDebate Plugins page.

We’re pumped to offer new ways to enrich your blog with additional third party services, with just a simple click of your mouse.  As is the case with other IntenseDebate plugins, like AddToAny Share Buttons, there’s no need to mess around with any code in your template.  We do it for you.  All you have to do is activate it!

Make sure you check out our other Plugins: PollDaddy polls, Seesmic video comments, YouTube, and Smileys.  Learn more about our Plugins and Plugins API.

Many kudos to Dog Lover for their excellent work on the TweetMeme Plugin!  Thank you for your contribution.

Learn more about TweetMeme.

Posted by Michael Koenig in features

18 Jun 2009

What features do you want?

We’re trying some new things on our end, and we’d like to get you in on it. As we continue to optimize our backend and UI, we’d like to get your feedback on what you’d like to see in IntenseDebate. We value your opinion and we want to develop features that you want, so let us know (it’s so much easier than guessing!). 😉

We will be announcing Facebook Connect integration shortly (we’re ironing out FBC & Safari 4 integration), so please don’t request it because it’s right around the corner.

We’ve put together a PollDaddy survey and we’d love it if you took a minute to give us some feedback. Many thanks!

Take the survey!

Posted by Michael Koenig in features

5 Mar 2009

Introducing IntenseDebate Plugins: add the features you want!

intensedebate-plugins
We’re extremely excited to introduce you to the future of commenting – today we launch IntenseDebate Plugins!  We’re opening our doors and making our code available so you can build your own plugins!

We’re kicking it off in style by launching a few plugins of our own to demonstrate the possibilities:

polldaddy-pluginPollDaddy: We love our fellow Automattic company and you should too!  Enable our PollDaddy plugin and your readers will be able to create polls right in the comment section.  Many thanks to Eoin and Lenny (the real PollDaddy’s) for their help!

seesmic-pluginSeesmic: We’re excited to be working with the Seesmic crew to provide video comments.  Enable our Seesmic plugin and give your readers the ability to record and post video comments.

youtube-embedsYouTube: This one was developed by our very own code maestro Jon Fox (the man behind IntenseDebate).  Enabling our YouTube plugin provides your commenters with the option to insert their favorite YouTube vids.

Smileys: Hats off to Isaac and Austin on this one.  It’s all about self-expression.  Add in a 😉 and let everyone know that you’re just being sarcastic and not mean!
smileys-plugin

So all of you developers and IntenseDebate enthusiasts our there, we welcome you to flex your coding muscles to help shape
IntenseDebate to be the comment system that meets all of your needs.  For more information about writing a plugin see our Plugin Resources.

So what does this mean?
There is a brand spanking new Plugins tab in your IntenseDebate dashboard that lists the current plugins available.  To activate a plugin just select “Activate” next to the plugin when you are logged into your account.  Check out the comment section on your blog and you’ll find a plugin icon at the top right of the comment box.  To use the plugin just select the icon and you’ll be ready to roll.

For more information check out our Plugins video and enjoy the soothing voice of our esteemed colleague, Michael Pick.  We’d love it if you helped spread the word, so please grab the embed code and publish a post about our sweet new plugins!

Kudos to Jon, Isaac, Austin, MT, Michael Pick, Eoin, Lenny, and the Seesmic team for all of the help!

Get Started With IntenseDebate!

Posted by Michael Koenig in features

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