New Feature: Comment Notifications

We haven’t even finished the coding on this one yet but Kim (our coding rock star and secret weapon) tells me that she’ll have it ready for tomorrow’s upgrade. I’m really excited to see how this feature in particular increases participation from residents.

Briefly:

  • If you post a news article or make a comment on a news article, you will be automatically notified via email when someone else makes a comment to that same article
  • If you don’t want to receive these notifications you can just check they box that says “Do not send me comment notifications” when you post a comment
  • Every notification will have a link to stop that notification right in the email

Many of us have become accustom to these types of notifications. If you use WordPress (like this blog) or Facebook, then you know how this works. However, one cool thing that we are adding is the ability to follow the comments to an article even if you haven’t commented.

At the top of every comment list will be a link that says, “Follow comments to this article”. When you click it, you will receive an email when a new comment is made.

I believe that this will increase participation from residents and keep important neighborhood discussions going.

Screenshot below:

follow_comments

My Account Page

On Friday, when you sign in to your account, you will see a new link at the top of the page called, “My Account”. This page houses basic account information like your name, email address, password, date of birth and gender.

It also houses your profile photo. This is a new feature on eNeighbors that is a staple of other social networks and something that our users have requested.

To upload a photo of yourself, just click on the “My Account” link, then click the “Browse” button to find a photo on your computer. Click “Open” and the photo will automatically upload.

A screenshot of the “My Account” page is below.

My Account Page on eNeighbors

New Feature: Multiple Neighborhood Support

Believe it or not, many of our users need access to more than one neighborhood website. Like who, you ask?

  1. Landlords who live in one neighborhood but have rental properties in another
  2. Property managers who live in one neighborhood and manage 10 more.
  3. Developers who want to keep tabs on all their neighborhood developments.
  4. People with multiple homes, like a vacation home.
  5. Government officials like city council members who want guest access to the neighborhoods in their ward.
  6. Police officers who want to publish bulletins to specific neighborhoods within their districts.

I’m sure there are more examples, but we run into it more than you might think. And now, I am pleased to announce that you can manage all of your neighborhoods from a new page called “My Neighborhoods” with one account.

My Neighborhoods serves two basic purposes: (1) it allows you to navigate or toggle between the various neighborhoods that you have access to and (2) it allows you to manage the settings for each neighborhood. You can also search for new neighborhoods to join from this page. Like the other features that I’m announcing today, this will be available on Friday, November 13th.

(NOTE to current users: If you are currently maintaining multiple accounts and you want to merge them, send an email to support@eneighbors.com with the email addresses that you use to access your accounts and we will merge them for you.)

Screenshot of new “My Neighborhoods” page is below:

My Neighborhoods (eNeighbors)