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Topic: Would it be possible to have our Preview profiles be a little more realtime?

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NateLawrence (7 months ago)
When I load someone's profile page in the preview (Example: http://photosynth.net/preview/users/joscelin.trouwborst ) I think it would be great if new synths bubbled up into view on the left, pushing other synths over to the right.

Similarly, when I am logged in and have my profile loaded in one window/tab after beginning to upload a synth in another, I've noticed that if I leave it there long enough it will update from "Waiting to be processed" to "Processing" and finally show the little video/GIF thumbnail when it is complete, but these status changes do not seem to happen as soon as these changes in status occur.

What is the interval between these little automatic AJAX type auto refreshes and could it be changed to update with a push from the service which is reporting the status, rather than a pull from the profile page?
Great idea for the mSocial photo/Photosynth story telling site ;-).
PhotosynthTeam (7 months ago)
The synths on a user page are sorted in time order, but the page does not auto-update. Not sure how high a priority this should be as few people will sit on another's page just waiting for this. We have follow/notification code that we hope to roll into an update soon that would be a better solution to the problem I think.

On the other hand people DO sit on their own page waiting for their processing to finish. I think the AJAX refresh time is 10 seconds, which seems pretty reasonable to me, no?
Nathanael (1 week ago)
I would have to say that in my experience it seems much much slower than every 10 seconds.
Perhaps this is true only for a limited amount of time and then the page stops polling?

Perhaps when I'm using Chrome on an older computer with only 2GB of RAM, Chrome dumps my profile's tab out of RAM to Windows' paging file until I move back to that tab to keep performance up?

Whatever the case, I've seen my profile which is open in another tab not reflect completed synths until long after they're viewable.

I've also been wishing that when a synth's title is edited in one tab that that change would immediately sync back to the author's profile page which is already open in another tab. http://bit.ly/psftitleupdates

I would just point around the web to Twitter and Facebook to point out that new content auto loading on a profile that you're navigated to is already a norm on the modern web.
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