Aug 29

*yawn*

For those of you using the site in the last 6 hours (yes, that was 3:30 AM for us), you may have noticed something different about the main page you see when you’re logged in. Well, what you are seeing is our newest feature, and it allows you to view you and your friend’s updates on individual services (not all of them are supported… yet) just as you would if you were visiting the actual website.

This feature came out of what we have been noticing is a small problem with Updating.Me. We’ve noticed it’s great for broadcasting your messages out, but participating in each of the communities was a bit lacking. It’s hard to see what your friends and people you are following are doing on the services, so sending out replies from Updating.Me was almost non-existent. So we think the View your timeline for [Service Name] is going to really help out with this.

A few things to note about the feature so far.

It currently only supports the following services:

  • Twitter
  • Identi.ca
  • Rejaw
  • TWiT Army
  • Koornk

So if you have any of those setup, you should see the service in the “Select Service” drop down.

We are also not currently automatically fetching your service timelines; you’ll have to do that manually by clicking the refresh icon . This was the best way we could limit the server loads for both our server and the remote service’s server. But, this way you are able to update it when you want.

You are sort of not able to view your full timeline from that service. For most services we are only fetching the 20 newest messages for it. We think this will be more than suitable for most of our users, but please let us know if you think we need to be grabbing more.

We know this feature is still new and that there are many ways that we can improve upon it, but we are looking for your ideas to help us improve it.  Please feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you think about this feature.