Happy Tuesday ✌️
This week we’re talking about our latest iOS app, the new Android app (now available for testing), Badges, how we improved search, and this week’s dope giveaways.
New app alert. In 2.2 we combined our search and discover experiences. This helped consolidate the activity of “discovery” and also cleaned up our app UI. Instead of having a search icon top-right some of the time, now you can always find search in the tab bar. Plus you might discover some new dopeness on your journey.
We also fixed a very tasty bug. Double tapping to love wasn’t counting loves unless the post toolbar was in view. That is now fixed. We are very sorry if you missed some loves. Remember, we love you.
Background art by @moonmambo (we have an exciting upcoming giveaway with her ✨).
Android Beta Testing
It’s here! We are ready to have some beta testers take a crack at the new native Android posting / commenting experience.
The beta build also includes avatar and cover uploading.
If you’re on an Android device, please download the beta and fill out this survey letting us know what you think. [https://ello.typeform.com/to/gXKu0Z].
Awesome art by @richchane. He is new here and I’m loving his work.
We have expanded our badge program on Ello. Previously we only had one badge for Featured Members. We just added 3 more; Community Profiles, Ello Team Members, and Experimental Group participants. You can learn all about the new badges and how to get them all here.
But the best part: we built the new system to scale. Expect more badges coming your way soon.
First off, the username autocompleter. When you mention another Ello member, the autocompleter will prioritize your existing relationships making the list much more accurate and relevant.
User search now only looks at the name and username fields. Previously it was also searching bios, which lead to some less than ideal results.
Post search is also now much more relevant. We removed the boosting for loves, reposts and comments. Now relevancy is just a factor of text matching (and a little bit of chronological order).
These are just the start, we have a round of additional search improvements coming soon that will enable you to toggle results between relevant and chronological, plus some other goodies.
Search is a work in progress, let us know if it isn’t working as expected.