Latest myScoop changes and future plans

I thought I’d take some time to jot down a few changes that were implemented in myScoop for February 2010. I have received numerous requests on a number of matters regarding the changes that have taken place on the aggregator. The information below may be able to help you understand what has changed and at the same time give you a clearer idea of how things in myScoop land work.

I thought I’d take some time to jot down a few changes that were implemented in myScoop for February 2010. I have received numerous requests on a number of matters regarding the changes that have taken place on the aggregator. The information below may be able to help you understand what has changed and at the same time give you a clearer idea of how things in myScoop land work.

Social Bookmarking
Due to various reasons I have decided to shut down the social bookmarking section. There was no substantial referral volumes being created in this section, and to be honest, not many people were using it. I may or may not reinstate the section at a later stage once I have given it more attention and created better features. I may also decide to create a completely new site just for the social bookmarking section. Only time will tell. In the meantime, a great alternative has been created from a web entrepreneur I engage with regularly: MediaPress.

The Popular Section
“How does the popular section work?” I have received plenty of requests on this over the past few days, and all within reason as I have made a few tweaks here and there without informing anyone. This was purely for testing purposes. As it stands today, myScoop uses the following method to calculate which posts get shown in the “Popular Section” on the front page: If your article has more than one comment, and has received the most amount of unique clicks through the myScoop website, and through the myScoop shortened URI’s during the passed 72 hours, it will appear on the front page in the relevant category. At the moment, there are no spots for Sports, Politics and Blogging due to the lower quantities of articles being published on those categories.

Popular Section of myScoop

Comments
I have decided to display the amount of comments of each article, this not only lets users see how popular and active a particular article is, but these statistics will also be used soon enough to rank your blog in the new section I intend to create – “Top Interactive Blogs”. This will also promote interactivity between blogs and blog readers.

myscoop-comments

Categories
I have created and altered categories in order to make things a little easier for the user. I feel that the layout before had too much information on one page and in one section and was intimidating for users to browse through. If you feel that I am missing any categories, please let me know.

Search
The search function has been updated to include blog names (and blog addresses) when checking against the database. This means that your search will not only look for articles that match your query, but blogs as well.

Ping Blog
I have created the well-needed “Ping Blog” function. When clicked on, myScoop will immediately fetch your latest articles. This is very handy if you do not like waiting those few extra minutes for the myScoop crawler. With that being said, I have doubled the rate at which the myScoop crawler fetches your articles.

myscoop-ping-blog

Stats
Instead of having the graphs on the “myPage” section, I have decided to give the stats a separate page. This means that your live stats and your 14 day stats graphs will be on one page.

Features Coming Soon
– More detailed blog statistics – including: User browser percentages and a monthly stats graph. Your opinions and ideas are welcome here.
– As I mentioned above, a new section for “Top Interactive Blogs” showing off the blogs with the most comments (totaled average – debatable)
– More categories – as per your validated requests.
– Overall stats section – displaying the blogosphere statistics as a whole.
– myScoop widgets and gadgets (to be announced later)

As always, if you have any comments, suggestions or ideas, please let me know! You can contact me directly on nickduncan.sa @ gmail.com or simply add a comment below. Until next time. Happy Scoopin’ !

myScoop gets a facelift

I got a major bee in my bonnet on Sunday morning and decided to change the whole way myScoop looks and feels, again. I was aiming at a more “professional” look this time instead of the previous lots-of-information-in-your-face look.
The NEW myscoop

I got a major bee in my bonnet on Sunday morning and decided to change the whole way myScoop looks and feels, again. I was aiming at a more “professional” look this time instead of the previous lots-of-information-in-your-face look.
The NEW myscoop

I will be adding more functionality to myScoop very soon, so keep an eye open for the changes!

Also please note, that I have removed the “Bookmarks” section as this was not generating any additional value to the users. I may however decide to create a completely new stand-alone social bookmarking tool in the near future.

Feedback on the new look of myScoop will be appreciated.

New myScoop “Social” Button

With myScoop blog reviewing now being introduced, you may want to put a myScoop button on your page directing your users to your blog’s myScoop page in order for them to review your blog.

With myScoop blog reviewing now being introduced, you may want to put a myScoop button on your page directing your users to your blog’s myScoop page in order for them to review your blog.

Vanessa came up with this button which looks great, thanks Vanessa!

myScoop Button

Simply save this image and upload to your site. Resize it to the standard social media button size: 32px X 32px and link it to your myScoop blog page.

Get your blog reviewed and review other blogs using myScoop

One of the latest additions to the new features that I’m rolling out on a constant basis is the ability to get your blog reviewed, as well as review other blogs using myScoop. While trying to create a “blogging community”, I’m constantly looking for ways for bloggers to interact with each other and I believe that a reviewing process may help this along somewhat.

One of the latest additions to the new features that I’m rolling out on a constant basis is the ability to get your blog reviewed, as well as review other blogs using myScoop. While trying to create a “blogging community”, I’m constantly looking for ways for bloggers to interact with each other and I believe that a reviewing process may help this along somewhat.

You can review a blog and score it according to it’s content, originality and design. Once done, all these scores are totaled and then averaged out to give a total score out of 10. In order to review someone’s blog, their blog needs to be in the myScoop directory and Only registered myScoop users can review blogs.

In order to get your blog reviewed, direct your readers to your blog page on myScoop (ex: http://myscoop.co.za/blog/32/). You can get this address by logging into your account and clicking on your blog in the “My Blogs” section within the “My Page” page.

Once your blog has been reviewed, this information will be stored in the database and will be used for ranking in the near future.

Once again, your thoughts, ideas and opinions on this matter are welcome.

Get notified of new articles from the blogs you follow on myScoop

In an attempt to increase the functionality and referral amounts of myScoop, and to create somewhat of a community for bloggers to increase interactivity amongst different blogs, I have just finished coding and installing a new module for myScoop that sends users a notification email on new articles from the blogs that they have followed on myScoop.

In an attempt to increase the functionality and referral amounts of myScoop, and to create somewhat of a community for bloggers to increase interactivity amongst different blogs, I have just finished coding and installing a new module for myScoop that sends users a notification email on new articles from the blogs that they have followed on myScoop.

Previously, there was no use for the “follow” function, but after much thought and consideration I have decided to implement this module. You will, of course have the ability to “opt out” of receiving future emails of this nature and I fully understand that some of you do not appreciate these emails, but in the hopes of creating a more intertwined blogging community, I feel this can be really helpful.
The email you’ll be receiving will look similar to this:

articles-of-blogs-you-follow

Obviously this will change depending on how many blogs you are following. As you can see, it is grouped per blog, then the articles are sorted by date, from newest to oldest. A maximum of 5 articles are shown per blog. Hovering over the article will bring up the article’s excerpt and clicking on the article will direct you through the myScoop shortened URI which will help in recording statistics, and also give your article the chance to make it to the “popular article” list on the home page of myScoop.

What I am stuck on, and what I need YOUR help on, is how frequently should this report be run? Definitely not daily as this could create a lot of irritation and spam, but I was thinking more along the lines of every 3 days. Your input on this is important so please feel free to leave a comment below with your thoughts.