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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Hello Everyone

Hope you are having fun reaching many types of goals! I wanted to let you know about an announcement for our Friend Feed updates if you haven't seen it. We love trying to figure out good ways to help members stay connected so they can support each other reaching goals. This turns into a double-win since supporting other people is such a great way to stay on track to reach your own goals.

Here is the announcement if you'd like to take a look:
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=introducing_sparkpeople_friend_feed_enhancements

SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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PS Thanks for the great comments everyone! We made a couple of improvements, including:
1) Adding a light blue background to every other entry to make it easier to read
2) Bolding the usernames to make it easier to scan those


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LITTLEWIND53 6/1/2014 1:44AM

    I used to use friend feed a lot, but I just can't see it well enough anymore.

Chris, you said you had tweaked the change so that every alternating comment was a light blue. Must be VERY LIGHT, because I don't see any difference between posts at all.... Are you sure they did that?????

Sorry, this feature - as is - is totally useless to me. It was when it was first changed, and still just as useless several months later after supposedly adjustments........

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NILLAPEPSI 2/27/2014 3:48AM

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/25/2014 10:56PM

    Awesome ,thank-you!

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COOKINGSTARS 2/24/2014 5:58PM

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HEATHER3477 2/21/2014 10:28PM

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NGCHILD 2/20/2014 8:12AM

    I love the changes but miss the notification where my friends commented on other's blogs.

Thanks for being progressive! I LOVE SPARKPEOPLE!!

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MARGEMF 2/16/2014 1:34AM

    I'm a bit behind, thank-you for posting this.

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CHICKPEA23 2/15/2014 3:23PM

    I posted a comment about this before, and it wasn't negative but it seems to have gotten taken down? Anyway, it used to be nice to see when friends had commented on others' blogs. I found some interesting blogs that way and noticed that my friends became friends with each other through that feature. It was a community-building thing.

thanks for all the great work!

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CHEFAMANDA 2/15/2014 3:09PM

    I have no issue with the changes (so far), but I have a problem, that was also a problem with the old friend feed. When I hover over a post that others have liked, I get a list of users who have liked it. That's fine, but the list doesn't go away. It switches to the next post I move over, and once the box has popped up, it won't go away, no matter where on the page I move. I have to click off to the side of the page to make it go away. Is there a way to make it just pop up when you hover over, then disappear? I really don't want to see it at all. If I want to see who liked a post, I can click the number. But if we have to have it, it would be less annoying if it went away on its own.
Thank you!

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123ELAINE456 2/15/2014 5:27AM

  Awesome!!! Thank You.

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JOANNHUNT 2/14/2014 6:05PM

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INGMARIE 2/14/2014 6:52AM

    I just have a question , I f we track our activities ,then also sync the fit bit ,we double up on activities and calories?

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BLUEJEAN99 2/14/2014 1:59AM

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MARYJEANSL 2/13/2014 11:36PM

  Seems like a reasonable idea to re-vamp the friend feed. There are many worse things you could have done.

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SHOAPIE 2/13/2014 9:32PM

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JAMER123 2/13/2014 8:40PM

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Many comments on the white background and I tend to agree. A little hard on the eyes. I turn the brightness down on my computer when reading. I would still like to have a button along with the "comment" and "like" that allows us to let our friends know we care and may not "like" what has happened to them as in an illness, etc. Something to reconsider if you are tweaking the changes.

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KEKEIKO 2/13/2014 7:42PM

    Thanks for the heads up on the change. It's hard on the eyes with the white background.

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CICELY360 2/13/2014 6:47PM

  Thanks.

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MIMIDOT 2/13/2014 6:41PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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MYAKAYAH 2/13/2014 5:33PM

    The colours made it easier to read but I can deal so far, sometimes changes do not need to occur all the time. Its bad enough with all the ads and pop-ups on the site~

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MRSRIGS1 2/13/2014 4:10PM

    Thank you! Typically, change is good however for someone my age and with tired eyes the white background makes it difficult to read.

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GABY1948 2/13/2014 3:53PM

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MASRITE 2/13/2014 3:30PM

    Need to go check it out!!

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JSEATTLE 2/13/2014 3:29PM

  Thanks for the update and improvements!

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RAESUN54 2/13/2014 2:39PM

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KRAZY4KATZ 2/13/2014 11:19AM

    I have to voice my opinion in the fact that because my eyesight isn't that good, it's much smaller and the white background is very distracting. Much preferred the old one.

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REGILIEH 2/13/2014 11:16AM

    OMG! You evidently opened a can of worms! I'll just say THANK YOU!

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SHARJOPAUL 2/13/2014 10:55AM

    Most of the changes I like, however the all white background is more difficult for me to read. The separation of different peoples entries by color blocks was much easier for me. I know part of that is that I have dyslexia, so the color changes make it easier for me to track who's entry I am looking at and when it changing to another persons entry. I'm sure there is a way you can put back in the different color blocks and would really appreciate it if you would do so.

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JIBBIE49 2/13/2014 10:10AM

    Thanks.

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INGMARIE 2/13/2014 9:22AM

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PAMBWS 2/13/2014 9:21AM

    Thanx for the update & link...I was in shock when I clicked & got something new.

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STAY39 2/13/2014 9:20AM

    I love what the changes can do but the all white color is pretty awful. I liked the colors it was before much better because it was easier on the eyes and easier to read. Is there any way the colors can be fixed?

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TRYINGHARD54 2/13/2014 8:59AM

    hope all gets fixed.

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IDICEM 2/13/2014 8:49AM

  Thanks for the update.

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CHERYLHURT 2/13/2014 8:13AM

  Thanks for the update.

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LOPEYP 2/13/2014 7:27AM

    Not loving the new friend feed. I really only have time to read friends blogs and the new layout makes it really difficult to quickly pick them out. emoticon

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 2/13/2014 7:26AM

    I appreciate that you wanted to give us all something new. I am not crazy about seeing everyone's workouts as I like to read/comment on all of my friends blog posts. Adding in all the workouts made this more difficult today. I have gone in and updated what I see so those won't appear anymore.

You've also lost the little symbols that indicate the type of update....miss those!



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SHERYLP461 2/13/2014 7:24AM

    Thanks I had not seen this

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NEWJEANSDAY 2/13/2014 6:16AM

    Thumbs down to this change... I hate the plain black on white background - not fun to look at. Like checking something at work.

I like the idea of announcing when someone tracks exercise, but had to unclick that option as there's just too much of it. If anyone has a good exercise day they often put it in their status. That's good enough for me. And if you really want to know, you could always look at their exercise tracker if they share it.



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CARRIELYN56 2/13/2014 5:57AM

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WINNIE1978 2/13/2014 5:41AM

    I have loved a lot of the changes on SparkPeople since I joined in 2011, like the new start page, but I've got to say that the friend feed change is not one that I'm loving, or even liking very much.

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I get the idea behind changing the friend feed because the old feed was a bit cluttered up with buttons, icons, graphics, etc. But I think there are some things that were not improved with the change.

The alternating color blocks on the old feed made it SO much easier to differentiate between posts by different spark friends. The plain white background of the new color feed leaves me searching for where one post stops and another begins, which means it takes even longer than usual for me to go through all of the posts from my spark friends. I really wish you'd bring back the alternating colors, or at the very least, have a line separating posts.

Another issue is that the blog posts are too hidden in the mix. It would be great if the blog posts were bold or a different color. A lot of us rely on blogs to get feedback, advice, or just a little extra support so I feel they should really stand out.

I like that fitness information posts to our friend feed now. I think it'll be motivating on those days when I don't really want to workout, but I see on my friend feed that all of my spark friends have been active.

One thing I really wish would disappear from the friend feed is the ability to post how many spark points everyone spun on the wheel as a status update. I don't view my friend feed to see how many points someone spun on the wheel and I actually find it quite annoying because it's one more thing I have to filter through in order to see the posts that truly matter: blogs, status messages, weight lost, etc. At the very least, it would be nice if that was an option I could disable. I already have the reports on spark points totals and trophies disabled, but when someone posts their spin as a status update it's not possible to disable it.



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STEPH-KNEE 2/13/2014 3:32AM

    I love Spark People and the free support that we receive. We all embraced the new start page the best we could. I think most of us got accustomed to it in time, but I am with some of the others the friend feed changes are just awful. The print is too small, it is hard to read, the one before was better. The one before also had icons so I could scroll through and automatically know which ones were blog posts that I need to read to encourage others. I do like that we have the options to "unfollow" someone or to "hide" a certain kind of feed, but it is extremely hard to read and it makes me not want to bother going through the feed at all. :(

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