By Avishay Lavie, Software Engineer at Sears Social
Another Thursday, another release post. Let’s go.
Help the Community
Sympathy is what we need, my friends. In these hard times, it’s a good idea to look around us and try to find others who could use our help. It could be something big, like running a marathon to raise money for world peace, or something simple, like, I don’t know, answering a question about a product you own on a social commerce website.
Let’s focus on the second option for a second. Sears Social is just the right place to answer questions from the community about the products you own, but we certainly can’t expect you to constantly look for new questions about all the products you happen to have lying around somewhere. No, the question must come to you.
That’s where we come in, with our “Help the Community” program, where we’ll sometimes suggest things you can do to help other users. We’re kicking it off with the introduction of the “Answer a Question from the Community” request:
We’re making it super-easy for you to contribute to the community and help the less fortunate (in this case, the less fortunate are those who don’t know what features are included in the Blu-Ray edition of The Dark Knight – the poor bastards). All you have to do is click the big shiny button, make someone’s day, and enjoy the extra karma boost. And assuming you believe in karma, this sounds like a definite win-win deal.
Search Suggestions in Mobile App
We’ve had search suggestions on the website for a while now. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go type a few characters into the search box. You should get something like this:
As you can see, our algorithm isn’t perfect – it completely missed the obvious fact that you were looking for your favorite X-Men character, Jean Grey. Still, it manages to get adequate results more often than not, so we consider it a success. Enough of a success to port it to the iPhone app:
The way we see it, more search suggestions on the iPhone = less tiny keys you need to hit with your thumbs. It’s a mathematically-proven win!
We rolled out Cliques fairly recently, and already the masses (that’s you guys) were demanding upgrades: “we want to post images and videos to the clique”, they said. “And how come you don’t show us promotional content related to the clique’s interests?”, we imagined they probably thought.
You asked for it, you got it. Cliques now feature an all-new enhanced messaging box with image and video support, just like on the homepage:
Now nothing is preventing you from sharing that sexy new laptop unboxing video with your fellow geeks. Well, except maybe common sense. I mean, seriously, laptop unboxing video? Come on.
But wait, there’s more! The clique newsfeed now also shows promotions related to the clique’s interests. So if you’re looking at the Joggers page, for example, you might actually know what these are about:
Personally, I can’t imagine why anyone would buy a bulky, complicated machine to run on when they could just as easily buy a sleek, compact machine to play video games on. I mean, it’s practically considered a sport these days, but without all that troublesome exercise. But that’s just me, I guess, and in accordance with corporate policy regarding pluralism and tolerance I must admit that other people might feel differently about the subject. In the end, everybody is certainly entitled to hold on to their own opinions, however wrong they may be.