Topic: Are comments planned for the new Photosynth?

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NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
It's unclear to me whether the lack of commenting on new synths is a permanent part of the new site by design or whether that simply isn't present yet because the site is in early days.

Could anyone clarify this for me?

I know that commenting hasn't exactly been a raging success here over the years, but I don't think that has anything to do with people not wanting to talk about what they see in synths and panos. I think it has everything to do with people not having Microsoft accounts or people who have accounts here and actually upload content not having any place on the site that brings new synths + panos to their attention and a lack of notification when someone has commented on their own uploads.

Virtually all of the social/photography/video sites that are a big success socially feature the capability to subscribe to others' uploads which helps drive engagement, whether that's Flickr, Vimeo, YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, etc.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I know that Photosynth values its subdued charcoal grey color palette to put the focus on the photography. Smugmug would seem to agree with you.

As a rule, I find charcoal grey attractive, and I like the sophisticated look that you're going for, but I would like to submit for your consideration the fact that most of the sites which have a lot of social engagement are brighter cheerier places to spend time. Take that for what it's worth, but many of the most socially successful sites on the web have the resources to have done the psychological research to discover what makes people feel most relaxed and willing to engage others in positive conversation.


I would also submit that conversational tools for referencing parts of a picture and parts of a synth are very important for meaningful discussion. 
More on that here:
Joscelin.Trouwborst (Over 1 year ago)
The comment functionality Nate refers to, from another perspective: a full blown photo(synth) sharing and story telling social platform, which should have good comment threading of course. For the discussion refer

Google Plus has offered better photo functionality from the onset than Facebook, but I feel there is still room to do this a lot better with a big pay-off to imagery for Bing Maps too.
PhotosynthTeam (Over 1 year ago)
Yes. Comments are definitely part of the plan. The lack of commenting in the preview was just one of those things we decided we could bring in as we moved the rest of the site into the new design. That's still the plan.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Thanks for the confirmation.