Launch Updates from Our CTO

April 11, 2020

User Search

These are the progressions we have made these last 2 weeks:

We have continued to work on the functionality that we discussed about in the previous updates. We have been in design phase 2 weeks ago and coded this last week. This last week, we reached the point when I can display some of this functionality. There is now a button on all content types on the website which allows a user to share content (submitted websites, apps, etc) with other users. When the button is pressed, it becomes a search with auto fill and lets you type the name of the user whom you are looking for.

Moreover, we made the names of the ones who tagged other users to be clickable and send to that user's profile.

March 28, 2020

Social Network Strategy

These past 2 weeks we have created the social network strategy within all the groups, starting with how people will search and follow others. The first part of this strategy is with tagging users.

This past week, our work focused on enhancing the users tagging functionality on Zabang. We are transforming this dropdown into a "search with dropdown" where users can search for any of their followers, following, as well as any user on the site.

March 17, 2020

Ad Network Design

This past week, we are all working remotely to continue to implement the new Ad network design. We are in the midst of creating the social media for ad placements and currently working with the realtime video streaming APIs, such as TikTok, Instagram and Facebook. We are looking at how the TikTok, Instagram and Facebooks video streams can flow into the Zabang network, in an attempt to build an organic audience outside the Zabang network.

March 9, 2020

Configuring Special Interest Groups

We are focused on working to configure the SIGs on the search engine. The alpha team has been working with these for the last few months on the design and now we are continuing to implement them across the Zabang network. In addition, we are still working on the ad placements and exchanges.

March 2, 2020

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

We have been strategizing the best way to start creating ads and are looking at 3 possibilities - a plain text ad (in between the search results), a "featured" Keyword specific ad at the top of the page and also a popup ad in some cases.

These ads are to be broken down into specialized groups, called "Special Interest Groups" (SIGs). This way, the ads are more focused. Getting and guiding people into SIGs is an essential part of Zabang.

We are currently experimenting with different options and creating the user interface for managing this important feature.

February 16, 2020

User Interface Alpha Testers

For the last two weeks, we have been designing an updated user interface with the Alpha test team. This includes user interface designers and social network engineers. The compatibility with Google console was an issue, and will be an ongoing issue from here on out, since Google is really working hard on people being compatible with their rulesets. Having our design mockups to be compliant are part of the ongoing development.

Currently, we are working on the best strategy to roll out the 1st iteration of the search engine with the ads. We have most of the functionality in place except for the Zabang user interface. We are working with a few select Zabang people for this.

January 29, 2020

Finished up the WYSIWYG editor! And Looking Forward!

Last week, we finished up with the WYSIWYG editor and fixing all the bugs that have been identified after implementation of the Google Console ruleset. We are now setting our sights on the entire user interface for URL comments, and working with the Alpha team for getting a consistent user experience.

January 20, 2020

Google Console and WYSIWYG

During the last 2 weeks, we have finished with the updates from the Google Console for all the comments that will be created within the Zabang system. These comments will now be searchable within the Google search engine complex. We are now focusing on the user end of the WYSIWYG editor and fixing all the bugs that have been identified after implementation of the Google Console ruleset. We should have this area done by the end of the week.

January 7, 2020

WYSIWYG editor (cont'd)

We have been working on and are continuing to work on the text editor this week. We have just implemented the editor on all comments sections with all the updates from Google Console.

December 30, 2019

Improved Wysiwyg Text Editor

Based on the work we have been doing with the Google Console, we are introducing the improved version of the Wysiwyg Text Editor. We will continue to work on this for the next couple of weeks, as it is important to be in compliance to the Google search bots.

The WYSIWYG editor, allows the following:

  •  format the text
  •  add images
  •  add videos (embedded videos from Youtube, Vimeo)
  •  add emoticons