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New and Improved Design on SparkPages

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Hi, everyone!

We wanted to let you know about a new and improved SparkPage design that we launched today. SparkPages hold so much information that we wanted to make it easier to navigate a person's SparkPage and find exactly what you're looking for. The overall design is the same, but we've cleaned up the look of SparkPages and added some great new functionality, too. Here are some of the highlights of this redesign:

  1. Tabs across the top of each Page, which allow you to easily view a member's photos, friend feed, blog posts, and more. For example, if you're looking at someone's photos, you can quickly get to their SparkTeams, too.

  2. NEW Photo Pagination. When viewing a photo in someone's gallery, you'll now see links below it that say "Previous Image" and "Next Image" that allow you to scroll through the photos as if viewing them in a slideshow.

  3. NEW Comments on Photos. Members can now comment directly on each other's photos. When someone comments on your photo, you will receive an email letting you know.

  4. NEW Awards Page. Everyone has a tab at the top of their page called "Awards." This is where you'll find a member's SparkGoodies, SparkStreaks and SparkPoints trophies. We plan to add more options for special icons and awards to this section soon.

  5. More SparkFavorites. You'll find favorites under the "More" tab at the top of each Page. Now, your Favorites section includes SparkRecipes you're rated and saved as favorites in addition to your favorite articles, message boards and shared recipes.

  6. NEW Alert on Updated Intros. To clean up the page, we've shortened the amount of introductory text that shows, but you can still type as much as you'd like. Visitors can click on the "Read More" link to see your entire introduction. If you have updated your introductory text within the past 30 days, a note will show up there, letting visitors to your page know that they should "Read More" to see what's new.

    At first glance, SparkPages look pretty much the same as before, but there are lots of improvements that came with this new design. We realize that our members take great ownership of their SparkPages, and we hope you'll discover that these changes give you even more control and functionality than before. Like any change, it might take some time getting used to, but we hope that you'll love the new design as much as we do!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CTEMPLE 5/20/2009 9:13PM

    The new features require to pay more attention and explore the page a bit deeper. I don't mind that because I always do that when I want to know more about a person. There might be people that have less skills or a shorter attention span that might miss out on homepages' details. I would have preferred to have a bit longer fixed paragraph for the personal blurb (some of them were boringly long I know and I automatically skipped them) and the goodies showing. All the space dedicated to the status and what are people doing is less necessary for me, but this is nothing compared to the constant improvements that SP offers us.
How can we complain when SP gives us so much and for free? I'm very grateful for this awesome site.

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FORSYTHIABUSH 5/20/2009 9:12PM

    Umm. I like it, but...would have preferred if the intro text ended at a line break, rather than in the middle of a word. The breaking point in my Spark intro is a bit bizarre...."when in the past I've undertaken to do something about this problem - when I've decided to die... "

The word was "diet"....

Just an FYI to family and friends: I'm really not suicidal.

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SLAHDIVA 5/20/2009 9:05PM

    Like the fresh page! not too sure about condensing the intro....I think that is really a big deal. I'll spend more time on the page checking it out if the sparker wrote a lengthy intro...

Anyway, change is always constant and you can't please everyone!

Thanks for always trying to improve our sparking experience!


Comment edited on: 5/20/2009 9:05:52 PM

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BORN2BLOSSOM 5/20/2009 8:41PM

    I don't want to be a buzzkill, but I don't really like it :-/ I'm sad that I can't see my goodies on the main page! In order to view them I have to consciously click the awards tab, and realistically I know I'm going to forget about that. I also don't really like how you can't view all of your Spark Teams and how you can't read the person's entire story without clicking to see it. Also, am I the only one that feels like the Spark pages seem more crowded or something? Even though it's more organized and there are less features in plain view, the page still somehow seems claustrophobic now. Maybe it's just me but I feel like our pages had a more spacious open feel to it before.

What I do like are the tabs at the top of the page which makes it more organized and easier to naviate. I also think it was a good idea to move the blog entries to the side. Other than that, I'm not really into the new layout. I guess it will just take some getting used to, but I do hope that at least the goodies will be brought back to the main page!

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CACTUSFLOWER* 5/20/2009 7:58PM

    I like it! What's everybody talking about? We still have our Goodies!

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DARLENES4 5/20/2009 7:55PM

  i like the new look. emoticon

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4MYPTS 5/20/2009 7:52PM

    Looks good, I do not miss the goodies, we have the point system to keep us going strong. emoticon

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FOREVERFIT4LIFE 5/20/2009 7:45PM

    Love all of the changes, a much more updated look. I agree with the other members, having Spark goodies on the main page are nice, but I understand you can't fit in all in!

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SHERRY666 5/20/2009 7:44PM

    It does look cleaner............ I guess we will get use to it like anything else Sparks has given us in the past....................... thanks. emoticon

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ISEARK 5/20/2009 7:40PM

    I also miss the goodies. We work hard for those. Some of us don' t have people around us to give us support and those really help a lot. Other than that, it's okay.

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REIGN1 5/20/2009 7:32PM

    I miss seeing my spark goodies. It cheers me up to see them everyday. They are from all of our Spark friend support groups we have made.
Please put our goodies back on. I would also like to have more than 6 friends showing. I liked it the way it was.

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SWIM_2_SLIM 5/20/2009 7:27PM

    I too miss the goodies on my page but I do like that you have the tabs on top. I DO NOT like an advertisement on my page. I know you have this as a free site for us which is a great blessing for us, so please forgive us if we whine about something. But you ask us for our opinions so here you have it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANEDOE12345 5/20/2009 7:24PM

    Nope, don't like it.

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    I like it!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 5/20/2009 7:18PM

    I like the changes except that I can't see at a glance if someone gave me a spark goodie. Otherwise, great changes.

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BELLESTARR1 5/20/2009 7:17PM

    I love the new design!!!!!!

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KITTYKRS 5/20/2009 7:06PM

  I really like the new change! Thanks Sparkfolks for the new and improved!! If only our weight could be changed that easy!!

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MEOWCATS 5/20/2009 7:05PM

    I usually HATE when my favorite sites "enhance" my experience, I think this is one of the first times ever where I can say, I really LOVE the changes!!!! Very intuitive!!!!

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MAMACRAFTY1 5/20/2009 6:55PM

    Yep! I noticed it today and I think it looks great!

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FARGET 5/20/2009 6:43PM

  Easy to understand I Like the look

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ICANDI4U 5/20/2009 6:39PM

    I love the changes!! Thanks for taking the time to make more postive changes in all our lives!!
You all ROCK!!! :o)


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SPARKLEMAMMY 5/20/2009 6:37PM

    I love the new page look. Thank you to all of Spark emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JASMINE571 5/20/2009 6:33PM

    Thank you - love the improvements!

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    I love the new design , thank you so much for making it even easier than ever.
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SPARKLE72023 5/20/2009 6:04PM

    These were nice and welcomed changes/additions to an already wonderful program.
Thank You SparkPeople Programmers for coming up with helpful make-overs for us!


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FISHINGLADY66 5/20/2009 6:00PM

    I do love the new design. Thank you so much for the New and improved look.

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AMJSATURN 5/20/2009 5:58PM

    I love the new design ,thank you so much!!! This will be an added plus for my team.


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DOLL2THEWALL 5/20/2009 5:58PM

    LOVE the new design! So much cleaner and easy to use... fantastic job yet again!



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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/20/2009 5:44PM

    I love it and I am sure everyone else will. THANKS!!

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GRAMMYAKIN 5/20/2009 5:38PM

    I do like the design of the top of the page, but I miss my goodies. When I clicked on my page and saw those goodies staring back at me, it gave me motivation. Now I have to hunt for that motivation! emoticon

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MARYBETH_OHIO 5/20/2009 5:38PM

    Oh My Gosh I love it I think it is a great improvement and so much easier to navigate you guys have made it easier on us all..
Thank you so much for what you do for us..
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PEDIPOD 5/20/2009 5:36PM

    What is the fastest way to get to your own Spark Page?

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KATRINAALYSE 5/20/2009 5:22PM

    This looks great! And it is sooo much easier to locate things....congrats!

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SUMMARAH 5/20/2009 5:20PM

    I **LOVE** the new look and feel of the buttons and the page elements. You guys are awesome at making things lively and active. There is much appreciation for the work that you do to help us come together as a fitness community.

To be honest, I hadn't even noticed that the SparkGoodies were not there anymore, cuz I was so enamored with all the changes. But after seeing the 2 comments below about it, I agree that they kinda belong on the front page as well.
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CSIENK 5/20/2009 5:08PM

    I liked the Goodies on the page also - it made it quick and easy to see who might be in need of a little motivation or congratulations.

Comment edited on: 5/20/2009 5:17:50 PM

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    Loveit! emoticon

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GRANDMAAMIE 5/20/2009 5:05PM


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MEOWALITTLE 5/20/2009 4:54PM

    Miss the sparkgoodies too...

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ILUV130 5/20/2009 4:46PM

    I want my Sparkgoodies back on the front page. I love seeing them and I find them motivational ... They make me feel good ... they make me smile ... they make me feel loved. I miss them very much. I WANT MY SPARKGOODIES BACK !!!! PLEASE?

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BVICTORIOUS 5/20/2009 4:43PM

    I like it!

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MRSJARI 5/20/2009 4:37PM

    Thank you!

ALthough I have been a member for a while, I am just really exploring the site, and you are making it easier for me to do so. I appreciate it. emoticon emoticon

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IZZE_T 5/20/2009 4:35PM

    I noticed it and absolutely love it. It makes it all easier to see and find. Thanks SP.

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VANESSAWAR 5/20/2009 4:34PM

    Great! The navigation seems crisp!

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NHGIRL27 5/20/2009 4:34PM

    i like the new updates! emoticon

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FRESHDAISES 5/20/2009 4:30PM

    Thanks for the update and all that the team at SP does!

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  I miss my spark goodies on the front page. emoticon

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SUNNY011357 5/20/2009 4:28PM

    COOL!!! I can't wait to get off work so I can examine things more ... the boss kind of frowns on me doing this during the day *LOL*

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JESSICA0431 5/20/2009 4:22PM

    It looks great. Much more updated and trendy if you ask me!
(*Geez Nicole, is their anything you can't do! emoticon *)

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BEESPARKLE 5/20/2009 4:22PM

    Thank you for all you do for us. Much appreciated.

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