Live Brum Monday
As per the plan I spent today working on Live Brum.
Much of the day was spent catching up on correspondence. The firstname.lastname@example.org inbox had got wildly out of hand but is now sorted and under control. But look, if you are waiting for a reply from me and haven’t had it then please email me again as I may have missed your message. From here on in you can always expect a reply by the following Monday at the very latest.
As ever, events information that you send to email@example.com will continue to be dealt with as soon as possible but almost always within 24 hours.
Dealing with the Live Brum email backlog took longer than I anticipated but I did manage a few small improvements to the site today.
Digital Brum joins Live Brum
Events from Digital Brum are now also included in the main Live Brum listings. The main advantage of this change is that upcoming Digital events will be seen by a much wider audience and that feels like a good thing to me.
Live Brum sources
Each event now has a more prominent ‘source’ link below the title. This shows where we got the information from. This is the same as the ‘more information’ link over there on the left but it seems that lots of people were missing that.
Send to a friend
Send to a friend functionality has returned. After giving up the battle with the spambots in late 2009 (who at one point were submitting rubbish to that form over 10,000 times a day) I have had another go at crafting something that puts a stop to the bulk of that while keeping it easy to use. To recap: If you click on ‘send to a friend’ when viewing an event you get a small form slide into view so you can send that information to your friend via email.
Share event information on other sites
Until today there was also a panel called ‘Bookmark’ which had some increasingly out of date links. That panel now has a title of ‘Post this event to’ and I’ve updated the options to cover Twitter, Delicious, Digg, Facebook, Reddit and Stumbleupon. Along with the ‘Subscribe’ panel this is also now open by default.
There is now a Live Brum Uservoice Forum where you can add your own requests and vote others up and down. This is the place both to ask for new features and report things that may be broken. If you use it then I will let my Monday’s be guided by what you think is most important.
There is also an ugly Feedback tab on the side of every page of Live Brum now. I promise to make that fit in a bit better next week.
That’s it. Not a huge amount for my first Live Brum Monday but not nothing either.
At the top of next week’s list is the first release of some WordPress widgets. These will enable you to put Live Brum listings in the sidebar of your WordPress site. A very early version of these can currently be seen in the sidebars of this very blog. They won’t be finished next week but I will make them available over at developer.livebrum.co.uk for other people to start testing and playing with. Full details next Monday.