We are in the final phases of beta testing and expect Prelaunch soon.
However we are holding back due to COVID-19. We need a successful launch and our market are the people/businesses most affected by the U.S. shutdown.
We continued the work on displaying the list with tagged users on Zabang. Again, it's the list with users that one tags when commenting or sharing content with.
We have also got started on the functionality where users would tag each other based on their unique @usernames, instead of full names. We started by adding fields to the registration and edit profile forms where the user would enter a unique username, and storing them in the database. This functionality was suggested by the alpha test team, in order to prevent the situation when there are multiple users with the same name, as in this example, and one doesn't know whom to tag.
Displaying both the username, and full name in the dropdown and searching by both would be ideal. In this way, when a user knows someone username or name, he can write any of these two and find that person. We will test this idea when finished by the test team and see what they have feedback on.
We are continuing the work on displaying the list with tagged users on Zabang. It's the list with users that one tags when commenting or sharing content with. The task is more complex, so we have more work and testing to do there.
We have done the following recently:
When the user receives the shared information, he/she can click on the name of the user, and can go to see the content which was shared with them.
We are also working on rearranging this list as follows: users who are active in a chat room, users whom I follow, users who are following me, the rest of the users on the site.
This next week, we are finishing with the requirements that will allow for users to tag each other with their unique avatar names (e.g. @usernames), instead of real full names. As you know, there are multiple real full names, but one can choose several unique avatar names to be in the system with, depending on the hat one is wearing at the time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.