Changes at Entrecard Make People Mad

Part of the Kenno's Blog series.
By Ken Brown
Editor, You Can Learn Series
January 31, 2008

There are some big changes over at Entrecard and not everyone is happy. The changes are occurring almost everyday. I don't think these guys ever sleep. Here they are managing and commenting on all the blogs. Personally responding to any emails they receive, and managing a growing operation that is almost out of control and yet ...

New Changes at Entrecard

Entrecard has just released some changes that might confuse some people. The first is changing the just dropped list from your right nav bar to the top of the page. Now that really confused me at first. Like what happened to my just dropped list? Have I been that bad that no one wants to drop on me any more? But, then I looked up and said, "hey that's new, what is it." I quickly realized that this was my new just dropped list.

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It is kind of cool, because as you mouse over it, then there is some javascript or Ajax action going on and the image resizes. I can't say that I needed this extra bit of jazz. But, I think it is an advantage to people that drop a lot of cards. This will allow 15 cards to be in the inbox instead of 10. Greater chance to be seen and re-dropped. Look at the cool image that shows the mouseover event.

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Bebo Author stated,

"It confused me at first. Right to left is a bit...unnatural for me. I'd rather have the cards dropped on me back at the side but ah well."

So, if you read the Entrecard forum you can see people need to get used to it. Geek Mom Mashup expressed concern about,

"I like the idea of it, but I don't like how the cards pop up every time I accidentally mouse over, on my way to something in the menubar."

And Ben Barden said,

"To be honest I don't like the animation but I do like that we can see more cards in our inbox.."

News Feed Keeps You Informed on Entrecard Happenings

Here is a new item, that I am unsure if it provides any benefits. Though I can see where it could drive more traffic to the Forums. I am talking about the new Entrecard News Feed placed in your Dashboard. It fills you in on the latest and greatest that is occurring right now on Entrecard.

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One comment by Andreas Gohr say's,

"Also the news feed isn’t really interesting - what am I supposed to do with that info?"

Yeah, it will probably just slow down the Entrecard experience. I am not sure how these guys are paying for all the bandwidth they are using or how they hope to keep up with demand. But, I enjoy Entrecard, so I hope they find a way.

Drop Rank

The last new item to discuss is the new Drop Rank in each Entrecarder's profile page. Now we know who the people are that don't have a life. They spend their entire day either dropping cards or they are Card Dropping maniacs that aren't doing anything else. Here is what it will look like. I hope Turnip of Power likes their free plug on my site!

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I know this seems a little negative, but the truth is I admire these guys for staying on top of the changes and being willing to innovate. I am impressed! If you take a moment to sneak a peek at the forum you will see that the general feeling for the changes are positive and the Entrecard community is clammoring for more changes! So, if you haven't seen the new changes be sure and stop by today! Oh and Drop Yours before you leave.

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