Do you have an idea for an awesome feature we should add… or hate the way we’re currently doing something? Share your ideas and suggestions here.
The thread Mister Blondie started on user rated highlights (http://photosynth.net/discussion.aspx?cat=01b6f15f-42eb-49cb-a221-ed56615e1c47&dis=4ddcdecc-3506-49ed-ac52-8cec5e08b67b) got me thinking about our current favoriting system. It is not used as much as we would like, and Id like to hear feedback on the community as to why. Were you unaware of it (not discoverable)? A pain to use? How would you improve it? What could we change to make it more likely that you would use it?
Thanks in advance. Can't wait to read the replies!
Well I know that privacy could be an issue, especially when designing a product at Microsoft, but I've often been curious about just who it is that has added my synth to their favourites.
If you look at http://deviantart.com much of the community activity is sparked simply because people can see who has favourited a picture of theirs and usually go thank their fans for the fav. People then reply and conversations ensue.
I don't want to clutter the synth's page with a lot of numbers but I wouldn't mind seeing how many favs, embeds, etc. a synth has, exposed in an expandable stats panel or a section below the related synths list.
As to why it isn't used as much, I wonder if your ratio of favouriters to viewers is really all that different to youtube or flickr users.
As to the feature being too difficult, not at all. A single click isn't an issue. The discoverability question has merit. A text label may be inevitable.
Again, seeing that others have added a synth to their favourites might encourage others to follow suit.
One more thing to consider is that the majority of English speakers in the world are not Americans and thus may not spell it 'Favorites'. It seems trivial but maybe it's a turnoff.
The text label point above really ties into the other icons as well (embed, link to this part of the synth). Even YouTube and Flickr with their massive audiences don't dare stray from them. Don't be afraid of being too 'Microsoft' on this point.
I know that we've got some of this exposed on the synth card, but I'd like it on the synth's page itself. It'd also be great to be able to fav/unfav from the synth card.