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Thursday, 10 January 2008

Full speed ahead

I try to recommend to the development team to blog whenever they make an upgrade to the service but there are usually heads down into the next release as soon as one goes out of the door.

So, with a tipping of the hat to some of the quickest and highest quality development on the planet here is a compendium of highlights (not the whole list) since launch just three months ago:

  • Adult Content Warning Page when entering Mens category for a new user for the first time

  • Send Via Email now offers up last 5 used email addresses to quick send to

  • Send Via SMS now offers up last 5 used numbers to quick send to

  • Mipplets are now searchable by title, results are only returned if the handset is capable and user not already subscribed to Mipplet

  • Ability to do A/B user group testing of some features

  • Survey Mipplet added but hidden until required

  • 10 minor updates


(all of the above have been released today)

  • The Mippin Blog has replaced Mippin Beta Blog as the default subscripion for new users

  • Email address validity checking on 'Send via Email'

  • Categories can be enabled on a per Country basis

  • New version of IP Address to CountryCode lookup library with 25Kb more ip data for better resolution of where our users are

  • New data tables are logging which Mippin portal pages (index/search/categories) are being hit and from which countries, also which adverts have been or could have been viewed on those pages.

  • New Mipplet flows for Add/Remove/Preview and Update with increased consistancy and new graphics

  • New "Quote of the day" mipplet

  • New Cookie Management so we always know if a user has cookies enabled.

  • Bookmarking home page now gives autologin functionality to all users, including non-cookied users

  • Page Title is now Mippsite Name on all Mippsites to help with search engines

  • New search engine built and installed

  • Featured Stories Mipplet now prioritises stories from Referrer then CountryCode then Defaults

  • Latest, Recommended and Popular lists are countrycode and rating dependant

  • Ordering of Mippsites in categories is based on Mippsite views per country in the last 7 days

  • Image rotation algorithm tweaked to include PopEye rotation on BlackBerry

  • More efficient SQL for Latest/Popular/Recommended from users country

  • Timeouts on favicon downloads

  • Extra terms added to adult filter, and adult filter

  • When not signed in and 'Add to favourites' the system flow assumes already a user

  • CSS gallery-nav updates for improved spacing on iPhone

  • Fix for adverts on iPhone

  • Fix for < and > in story titles

  • Fix for downloading favicons when parsing feed

  • Small screen devices (128 pixel) no longer get Sign In option on first visit (must have a referrer)

  • Content of Most Shared Stories is now Country dependant

  • Content of Popular Mippsites is now Country dependant

  • The service is now fully optimized for 128 pixel wide screens

  • After Signing Out the user gets the option to sign back in, to help users that have bookmarked the sign in page.

  • Bug Fix: Adding to Favourites when signed out now has an improved flow to store the favouite against the correct user.

  • Website and Mippin Maker updates

  • FeaturedStories Mipplet shows only Featured Mippsites setup for users country unless none exist, then falls back to default.

  • iPhone podcast, voting and lost network connection updates

  • Updated error.jsp to cope with iPhone errors

  • Mippin Maker can force Mippsites to always load from db (bypassing cache) and there is no home link on index page when used.

  • Gallery Mippsites get left/right navigation on stories, not item numbering navigation

  • Improved support for phones with small screen width of 128px

  • Mippins_countrycodes_days_hits table created and running

  • Feeds now have a 30 second connection timeout and and a 30 second download timeout

  • Improved Ad logging

  • Seperate Admob account created for Mippsite Plus adverts

  • Mippsite plus's fallback to Admob adverts when screentonic not available

  • Improved efficiency of image downloading and scaling

  • Live stats pages users figure 'fixed up'

  • Index page functionality split out to work on standard and ajax sites

  • Very wide aspect images (2:1 or greater) get rotated if much wider than screen

  • Twitter Mipplet fixed so Google Proxy works better and also if showing a link on Mippin to Mippin, goes direct.

  • Flickr mipplet

  • Joke of the Day mipplet

  • Stock Graph mipplet

  • Select a Mippsite mipplet

  • Share via Facebook included and Facebook App enabled

  • Improved autogenerated navigation graphics on Mippsite plus

  • Search Results page adspace switch to use AdMob as Google was so bad

  • Deeplinks to story page will forward to Mippsite Plus if necessary

  • Ensures Mipplet Config links keep session ids

  • Logging in DB of whether user has cookies or not

  • Tweaked look of Mippsite plus list page when no or small story image

  • Baiduspider added to list of known search engines


Phew!!

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