Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New updates: sorting search results and power user recognition

Greetings Vidsters!  In my ongoing efforts to make myVidster your first and primary destination for viewing and sharing video content I have pushed out two updates based on your feedback.

Sorting search results by most recent.
This feature was requested by a user a few weeks ago and I was 100% on board with adding the sorting option.  There was one small issue, the search index was storing the post date as text and not as a date field.  To fix this I had to rebuild the entire index which contains over 3 million documents.  It took my server 3 days to complete the update.  I also took the opportunity to make some minor styling updates to the search page, lets see if any of my power users can determine what changes I made ;)

Power User Recognition!
The key to the success of any social network/sharing site is its power users.  They are activity engaged on the site by providing content (ie bookmarking videos), commenting, tweeting, inviting their friends to join and follow them, etc.  With that said I wanted to give them some recognition.  On myVidster's homepage I have replaced the Top User Collections section with Power User Collections.  To be highlighted as a power user you need to link or upload a profile photo and are activity collecting videos.  This list updates every 15 minutes with randomly selected users that meet the required conditions. 

Please continue providing me with your feedback and keep collecting!