Check Out SparkPeople's New Community Goal Feed

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Spend a little time on our site, and it won't take long to discover that our positive and supportive Community is unlike any other. That's why we're excited to launch a new feature, designed to help you celebrate success, get a boost of support when times are tough and engage more easily with other members just like you! Did you know that SparkPeople members who are active in the Community tend to lose more weight than those who try to go it alone? This new feature can help you reach your goals, all while having fun along the way.

The Community Goal Feed (found on your Start page or homescreen) is a place to post updates and photos, share your goal progress and tell others a little more about yourself! Here are the features the Community Goal Feed has to offer in more detail:
  • Make a post. Tell us how your day is going—what went well or what needs to improve. Ask for tips to tweak your program for maximum results. Share a milestone or ask a question. All posts are viewable by the entire community, so you'll get support and answers from thousands of community members.
  • Share a picture. Want to share a post-workout selfie? Did you make a delicious meal that others might enjoy? Do you have a motivational mantra that keeps you going when times get tough? Post those pictures for everyone to see.
  • Track a goal. Log your workout here and it carries over to your Fitness Tracker. Choose from other goals that you accomplished today. Did you resist a food temptation? Get enough sleep?  Give yourself a pep talk? Track those goals here for added accountability.
  • Comment on someone else's activity. You can "like" or comment on any of the activities listed above. Perhaps you see another member who could use a kind word, or a friend who shares a goal he or she accomplished today. Helping others expands your network of support while you make new friends working toward similar goals.
  • Filter your feed. You have the ability to filter your feed by Trending Topics (those posts that are currently the most popular), People I Know (members I am "following" so that I'm sure to see everything they are posting), New Posts, Goal Posts and My Posts. You can also filter by hashtag—popular tags (most commonly used), interests (such as low-carb or running) and goals (which are the tags connected to the goals tracked in the feed). Filters are a simple way to sort posts by topic.
The Start page (on the full site) and the home screen (in the app) will look slightly different with the integration of this feature. Here is a breakdown of those changes, so you know what to expect.

On the full site:

  • My Challenges, SparkPoints & Streaks, My Community Quick Links, Featured Member Blogs, Hot Message Board Topics and More Articles & Videos have moved to the right column on the page, making way for the Community Goal Feed on the left.
  • There are fewer articles and blogs at the bottom of the Start page, but those are still easily accessible from the Learn tab at the top of the page.
  • Team Bonus Points and What's New in My Teams are no longer available. We looked at which features were most popular when deciding what to remove, and these two were used less frequently than many others.
  • Edited on 3/10/17 to add: You have the ability to make a feed filter your "default", so that each time you log into the site that is the feed view you see on your Start page. We quickly made this change based on feedback from our members, so thank you for your input!

In the app:

  • SparkPoints are no longer on the homescreen. To access points, use the menu at the top left (Android) or My Spark button on the lower right (iOS).
  • Member blogs are no longer on the homescreen. To access someone's blog, click on their profile page.
  • Friend Feed will only be linked from your profile page on Android, and there will be a new link to it on the MySpark/profile tab on iOS.
  • Mobile Chat is no longer a standalone feature.  All of those posts will appear in the new Community Feed.
You will be able to get notifications when someone replies to your posts in the feed. You will also get SparkPoints for posting in the feed.

We encourage you to start posting today in the Community Feed, and hope you will find it to be a useful tool as you work toward your healthy living goals!

Have you posted yet in the new Community Goal Feed? Tell us about it!

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ALLIEE4 2/14/2019
It has been a while since I was here I was having such a time putting in my food and other things because the site just keep closing down so I decided to stop Saying I would do it latter and during my wait I gained up to 202.08 lbs. I don't know what happened but during Thanksgiving and Christmas 2018 I lost 10lbs. I have been plaining to come back every since but my blood pressure went out of sight and I really mean out of site The top # over 200 and the bottom 180 during this time my meds were change almost every time I went to see the doc. It is still running a little high 162 over 86 but I am feeling much better and my weight is down 192 still higher than I want it to be. I know I can do better than this and I will. Report
EABL81 2/10/2019
I don't like this feature, either, and like others, I'm experiencing loading problems with it. Because it's in continuous cycling, other features of my start page that I do like and use never load at all. I wish someone would read these comments and fix it, or delete it. Report
CECELW 1/24/2019
Community feed doesn't seem to quit circuling. It's not loading any way Report
MISSPEACHES3 1/16/2019
This feature is still loading 01/16/2019.....Cannot use. Please fix.....thank you. Report
CECELW 12/27/2018
Community feed is still not loading? I thought it was my computer! Report
MISSPEACHES3 12/27/2018
Make this continuous loading stop. Still doing this 01/16/2019 Please fix...Thanks Report
MISSPEACHES3 12/27/2018
I like the Community feed feature. For those that don't like it, just skip this feature. Please fix the constant loading. Thanks. Report
CODEMAULER 12/22/2018
I don't like this feature, particularly now since it. never. loads. It ties up my goal tracker so I am unable to track anything. Please offer the option to remove this from the Start page - or - FIX IT PLEASE!! Report
Read this responses. At least I am the not the only one who doesn’t like this. Report
Read this responses. At least I am the not the only one who doesn’t like this. Report
ALEXTHEHUN 11/14/2018
wow, what comments! Report
GAILITCH 11/1/2018
I am adding my name to those requesting to remove the Community feed. The constant stream of food pictures-- ughhhhh. And side shots of people with their heads cut off and bellies hanging out: please, just stahp. I would love my SparkCoach page to be my default start: worth paying for to get rid of the hated Community Feed. Report
LORI-K 9/28/2018
PLEASE!!!!! Please add a block feature so we don't have to see things/people we don't want to see. On such a big section of the site! So many complaints on the community feed here yet you don't listen to your members AT ALL!! Report
FISHGUT3 9/5/2018
thanks Report
THINCPL2004 8/25/2018
Nice! Report
AJB121299 8/16/2018
Nice Report
SPINECCO 8/10/2018
Thanks. Report
TCANNO 7/17/2018
Set it to friends Report
CHRIS3874 6/30/2018
Why can't I search back to a previous date? Report
KHALIA2 6/8/2018
Not yet, but I am now thinking about it! Report
ANDI571 4/19/2018
I also wish we could take off the community feed. I am not interested in bad language, people's bottom, men's packages and naked bellys. I have been a member since 2009, and I was more satisfied before the new changes. Report
wHAT DO to cancl my premum servce and no be charge for it???????? Report
I would l go back to free membership with no charges I would like to cancel my premium membership as of today. Report
it is very hard to cancel premium service Report
Hello there.Has anyone tryed the kethogenic diet ? Report
I like that it will take you to the tracker when you post a successful goal. Report
I think there should be an article about selfies. In some locales, using a camera in a changing room or bathroom is now illegal even if you only take a selfie. Yes, its intent is to stop 'shaming' photos but it can be applied to selfies as well. Report
I'm starting to like community feed but wish there was a way to report inappropriate post or did i miss that option. Report
The Community Feed is not my favorite feature, but I enjoy the inspirational quotes, before and after pics, and success/progress posts. What I DON'T enjoy are selfies with no boundaries: semi-nude, underwear, and clothing so tight that nothing is left to the imagination. Not everything should be shared with the world or posted in a permanent location!
I am also a Premium member, and I really resent sponsored "articles" and blogs or links that are connected to non-Spark sites. Report
Does anyone know how I can manage my recipe collection. I've found that I have recipes listed twice and recipes that I tried and didn't like. I can't figure out how to delete them from my collection. I must be missing something. Help Report
I post on the community feed daily and read/comment on other member's post. I got a message that I had post the max number of photos. It seemed strange. I did not know there was a limit. Can I remove the old pictures? Report
I am another who thinks the Community feed is annoying, and takes up too much space. You have a lot of Premium members who are saying they at least want to be able to hide this on their start page. Do you listen??? Report
I like to review the feed. However, I wish there was a hide button for posters that focus on things I would rather not see. Report
Thanks Report
I don't care for the Community Feed at all. I have a small computer screen and it eats up the whole thing. It's been a while since I've logged into SparkPeople and honestly, this new home page isn't making me want to come back. I find it fairly useless. Make it customizable so a person can get rid of all the junk they don't want to see. It's nothing but absolute clutter. Report
Add me to the list of people who don't like this community feed. I want to know how my Sparkfriends are doing. I want to be able to connect with the people who support me and the people I have chosen to support. Bring back the old friend feed please. Report
The current text on the community posting section, besides having a link to this article, encourages people to post to the community section to achieve 1 million posts. I was wondering if there is any way to monitor the number of posts and/or know when 1 million or 2 million or what ever has been achieved? Seems like another motivator, which SP does so well! Report
I agree with Acrossthesea. I paid for premium and then they changed the format without any input from us. Also, after paying for premium I noticed many ads in the form of sponsors. As an example one of the challenges was nothing more than ads for Eggland eggs. I did come back after being away for a while but am still dissapointed. Report
I don't mind the community newsfeed, but I do have a question. I liked and commented on someone's picture of a lunch they had made. I asked if they could provide the recipe. Will I or can I get notified if they respond to me in their comments? I have no clue who she was, so I can't "find" her on here. It was just a random post in the feed. Report
How about reporting an inappropriate post/picture? I can't find how to do that. Report
I purchased SparkPeople Premium about a year ago. I was motivated to log on to SparkPeople because when I went to the Start page, I appreciated the lay out. I could gain Team points and have quick access to all the teams, and my goals. I even created personal Word & Excel Documents based on Spark's previous format.
When Spark People decided to change the Start page, I felt cheated and robbed. I invested in Premium and you altered things without request from those who've financially contributed - like myself.
I was so angry that the Start page was essentially ruined; I closed my account within hours. I later re-opened but am still frustrated with the new layout.
How could you make such a big change without consultation from those who've financially contributed? It was insulting and offensive. Report
I too don't like the *in your face* feed - it is WAY too big on my start page. Please either reduce in size by half or make it an option. Second problem - I made a comment today for the first time and now keep receiving emails about responsed on the board! I don't want my personal email filled with notifications several times a day but cant seem to find a place to turn off notifications for the link. I won't be making any more comments if I cant turn off notifications for the feed. Report
How do you change the filter from "Trending" to "New Posts?"

Ah! I found it. Thanks anyway!

It went away and option left too! Report
Thanks to a previous comment about changing the filter I too am able to turn the feed off. The blank area is much easier to view. I have just returned to SPARK People after a few years and definitely like the "old SPARK" better. Report
I join many others on not liking the "in your face" community feed. Let it be an option to click on and NOT on everyone's start page. Hope it changes soon!! Report

The community feed is a great idea. One I start my day off with. Helps keep me focused and motivated. And pretty apparent and available on the start page! Great upgrade Spark! Report
Ok I am considered pre diabetic. Last a1c was 6.8. I need to loose about 110 pounds. Looking at 30 day challenge to start or just do the diabetic plan what do you suggest? Report
I am finding that where you have slow internet (which I do), it takes forever to download, so I do not do as much Sparking. Report
I agree with the others. I'm not a fan of the community feed. If there is a way to block it from my page, I would sure like to. Report