Last week, we have been working on the "Save" functionality for the search results. We are adding that for everything that appears in the search results (featured ads, paid ads, submitted sites / apps / social media pages / organic search results and organic social results).
Based on user focus groups, one major agreement was the idea of organizing the "Saved" results into folders or "collections." This is a great benefit for users because they can organize the dozens or hundreds of links they save. Users will give names such as "family", "health", "cars", "nature" to the folders. This will establish another set of functional uses our search engine will have over Google.
Last week, we worked on a new updated feature of the back end social media platform. We are now allowing people to save their searches and the results and conversations around it! There is nothing like it right now on the Internet and our focus group came up with this suggestion.
The "Save" button will save search results of all kind (featured ads, paid ads, submitted sites / apps / social pages, organic results) into a separate list which the user can go to anytime. Also, when users click on a search result, the machine learning ads +1 for that search result for that particular social search group.
This week, we are implementing updates on the social search groups.
Last week we worked on several updates on the Paid Ads and Questionnaire areas on the users' accounts.
There were design updates to do to make these areas look good, and we needed to rework the designs with the designers to implement them. The Questionnaire area was an area that needed quite a bit of help, as the initial focus group did not respond well.
The new design is being implemented this week. The purpose of the questionnaire is to profile users in terms of their needs to better serve the result set.
Last week, we started work on the "Submit projects" functionality. We finished it yesterday.
When you are logged in, simply press on "Submit projects" and it will take you to the Submitted Websites page where you can add a website, or navigate to the two other areas: Submitted Mobile Apps and Submitted Social Pages.
This week, the team is beta testing Zabang now with the new tabs. We will be doing this for the next 3 weeks and making any minor changes to the functionality. We should be ready to roll with Zabang soon.
We have connected the "Submitted Social Pages" with the filters from "Trending": In this way, when users look for items using the "Trending" filter, they can get results from "Submitted Social Pages" too.
We are testing it now with the existing social media feeds we have hooked up.
This week we worked on adding the scores and comments to "Submitted social pages". Yesterday, we did that successfully, and that ended all the updates following the creation of the "Social Results" page. We have put all the updates online, tested them and made sure they work well on the live site.
We completed the updates that we have been working on during the last few weeks. The updates are live on Zabang now.
1) When adding a Featured Ad, the admin can choose whether the Featured Ad to appear on "Web Results", "Social Results ", or both.
2) When adding a Paid Ad, the user can choose whether the Paid Ad to appear on "Web Results", "Social Results", or both.
3) We created a new page where Zabang users can submit "Submit Social Pages". These "Submitted Social Pages" are links to various social network websites (e.g. Facebook company page, Twitter company page, Reddit company page, etc).
4) We also made the "Submit Social Pages" appear on the Social Results in the following locations:
Submitted social pages
5) Users can add comments and scores on "Submitted Social Pages", just as they do on "Submitted Websites" and "Submitted Apps."
This week we completed the work on the blog-like "Launch Updates" page.
We are also continuing work on "Submitted social pages", and then adding scores and comments to it.
This week we worked on changing the way paid ads show on the new Social media tab. We had the developers follow the same pattern as on featured ads, which was completed last week. Until recently, users could add paid ads and they would appear on the web results, and social media results. We changed this, and now we will allow users to specify whether they want Zabang to show their paid ads on the web results, or social results, or both.
Also, we got started on creating the functionality for "Submitted social pages." There is more work here so as this is a new content type, and we will continue it next week.
We have been working on changing the way featured ads work. Until now, the admin could create only featured ads that go to the web results page. Now, we are changing this and allowing the admin to add featured ads to the web results only, social media results, or both. We have been working on it since Wednesday, and are close to completing it.
Beta testing team: We have identified a group of 5 people willing to help beta test the meet search engine and will be ramping this team up this month.