I’m the first one to acknowledge that our catalog hasn’t been great. To be honest it was quite awful. And so I’m super happy to say that we killed the old one and just minutes ago released a new an seriously good Catalog.
Why does it matter? Because number 1 complaint our users, especially new ones, have is that they can’t find enough interesting content to flattr. So they forget about Flattr and become inactive. Not good.
The new catalog adresses a number of issues and I’ll highlight the most important features and improvements.
Looking at what’s the most popular content being added on Flattr we came up with a new list of categories. We might add new ones later as you add new type of content. If you don’t think your stuff fits in any of those then make some noise!
Show, don’t tell – thumbnails are beautiful
One thing that we have wanted to solve for a long time are making the catalog much more visual. You might have seen that we implemented thumbnail placeholders on thing pages and dashboard with the new design. This was of course done with the idea of replacing them with “real” images. After some API magic and love from our friends at embed.ly we managed to get the entire site visual.
To make sure new content can successfully compete with old and popular stuff we implemented a clever decay algorithm which is the heart and soul of the new catalog. This way you’ll almost always see new and interesting Things, not the same old Tim Pritlove (hi, Tim!) over and over again.
Search – it’s magic
The search engine now includes a lot more meta data giving better relevance in the search results. The results page is still the old and ugly one but we’ll get that whipped into shape in not time.
Nerd alert! New categories combines data type and tags
To be able to extend the categories and make them useful, split, change and update them we have combined data type with tags for the categories above. This means people that submit things to our catalog need to care about how they tag their things to make them show up in the categories. Read more about how this is done here: The categories, they are a changin’
Puh, that was probably one of the biggest updates to the system so far. Hope you like where we are going.
Drop your thoughts in the comments, I’ll personally flattr every single piece of constructive feedback.