Friend Feed and Activity Feed Updates Based on Your Feedback Thursday, March 19, 2009
As most of you know, we launched Friend Feeds and Current Status updates this past Monday. (Click here to read a full-length article explaining these features.) The response from our members was mostly positive, but we did have a few requests. We hear you!
Today, we launched a couple upgrades to these features based on your feedback.
1- We've added an Activity Feed page, where you can more easily see which of your activities are "fed" into the Friend Feeds of your mutual friends. Please note that from this page, you can also delete items from your feed. Click here to see your Activity Feed.
2- You can now choose whether your Activity Feed shows up on your SparkPage (or not). Some people didn't like how their Activity Feeds looked on their Pages. Now, you can choose to remove it completely on your privacy settings page. To remove your Activity Feed from your SparkPage, you must UNCHECK the "Show My Activity Feed on my SparkPage" at the bottom of the preferences list. (Or, go into "Edit" mode for your SparkPage to find the same checkbox.) Please note that your Activity Feed will still show up on the Friend Feeds of your mutual friends—just not on your SparkPage. Also, your "Current Status" will continue to show up on your SparkPage—but only one status update at a time will appear.
We hope you will enjoy the new updates to the Friend and Activity Feed Features that allow you to better customize the look of your SparkPage!
SparkPeople Sponsors help keep the site free! NEW Friend Feeds and Status Updates on SparkPeople! How to Find and Use our Newest Community Features -- By SparkPeople Support On Monday, March 16, 2009, SparkPeople launched a highly requested feature called Friend Feed. This new feature allows you to keep up with your mutual SparkFriends, and helps them to stay up-to-date with you more easily! Put simply, your Friend Feed shows all of the SparkPeople Community activities of your friends in one place.
Your Friend Feed can contain the updates for the following activities: Weight Lost (when someone weighs in) Every 250 fitness minutes tracked Every 1,000 SparkPoints earned Joining a SparkTeam Adding a friend Making a blog post Commenting on a blog Adding new photos Sharing a recipe Rating a recipe Giving a SparkGoodie Receiving a SparkGoodie Commenting on an article Commenting on a SparkPage Status changes (a new feature with more info below) Who Sees My Friend Feed? When we talk about Friend Feeds, we're really talking about two things: Your Friend Feed page. This is a page that only YOU can see. It includes updates from all of your mutual friends in one place. Click here to see your Friend Feed now.
Your Activity Feed. This is what your MUTUAL FRIENDS see about you. Your Activity Feed collects your most recent activities (according to your preferences) and displays them on your public SparkPage. Your Activity Feed is also "fed" into their Friend Feeds of your mutual friends, which means that when your mutual friends look at their Friend Feed, they'll see your updates along with updates from all of their other friends, too. Click here to see your Activity Feed (on your SparkPage). Privacy Settings We realize that you might not want to share all of the activities listed above with others, but keep in mind that all of these actions are already public to the Community. The Friend Feed simply puts it all in one place. By default, all of the activities above will show up in your Activity Feed (with the exception of weight lost, which is private by default). Note that you can edit these settings any time by clicking here.
Only your mutual friends will be able to see these updates about you (and vice versa). A mutual friend is someone who has added you as a friend AND whom you have also added as a friend. You can click here to use our Mutual Friend Finder to find out which of your SparkFriends are "mutual" friends. Other members who aren't mutual friends will NOT see these updates about you. The one exception to this is Status changes (more info below). If you update your status, and choose to make it public, anyone who visits your SparkPage will see it.
Finding and Using New Friend Feed Features
To see your Friend Feed (updates from your mutual friends), click here. You can easily find this page in the future in one of three ways: Under the Community tab (Scroll over the "Community" tab at the top of the page and select "Friend Feed" from the dropdown menu.)
On the Today on SparkPeople sidebar (Look for the grey "Today on SparkPeople" sidebar to the right of this article. At the bottom, you'll see a new section called "My Friend Feed," which shows five of the most recent updates from your friends and includes a link to "See All Updates," which will take you to your Friend Feed page.)
From your Start page (Scroll over the "My Tools" tab at the top of the page and select "Start" to go to your Start page. At the bottom of the green "my Community" section (on the right side of that page), you'll see a red link that says "My Friend Feed". Changing Your Status One of the Friend Feed options is a "Current Status" feature. As a bonus, you can earn 1 SparkPoint per day for updating your status! If your preferences allow, your Status changes will also show up in the Feeds of your mutual friends and in the Activity Feed on your SparkPage (viewable by anyone who visits your Page).
We hope that you will update your status with actions related to your healthy lifestyle journey—foods you ate, workouts you completed, goals you met, or support that you need, but you can update your status with just about anything! You can change your current status as often as you'd like by one of two methods (you must be logged in for either of these to work): From your SparkPage (At the top of your SparkPage you'll see your Activity Feed and Current Status. Click the "Change Status" link, enter a message about what you're doing into the text box, and click "save" to instantly update your status on your SparkPage and your mutual friends' Feeds.) Remember that the Activity Feed you see on your SparkPage is only visible to you and your mutual friends, but Status changes you make are viewable to everyone.
In the Today on SparkPeople sidebar (Look for the grey "Today on SparkPeople" sidebar to the right of this article. At the bottom, you'll see a new section called "My Friend Feed," which also shows "My Current Status." Click "change" next to your status, enter a message about what you're doing in the text box, and click "save" to instantly update your status on your SparkPage and your mutual friends' Feeds.) We are very excited to launch the Friend Feed and Current Status features, because we think it will help you stay in contact, get support and better communicate with your SparkFriends and others in the Community. We hope you enjoy learning more about your mutual friends and updating the Community with your status!
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