One of the features I most often get requests for is the ability to see some sort of summary of the types of goals in a particular list. With the old tagging system, this was somewhat possible, but really messy. Thanks to the new category system that I posted about this morning, we can finally see what people are listing about!
This new module on the sidebar is basically a filtering system: it shows you the most common categories in that list and when you click on a particular category, it will filter the list to just show you the goals in it!
As more people add their goals to the new category system, I’ll be able to show a lot more interesting things like who the top listers are in the Travel category or who’s making the best progress in Food and Cooking, so go on and organize your goals! It only gets more awesome from here!
Tags have been a long-standing issue on Accompl.sh - they were hidden, often broken, and there was no real way to navigate among them.
They’re gone now.
Tags have been replaced with a stricter category structure that will allow for a much better browse experience. You can add categories straight from your list page.
There are a few categories to start and I’ll be adding more as I take suggestions and/or see the need pop up.
With these new categories come new ways for you to browse through what people have added: Explore Categories. This new data will also allow me to do cooler things within your list like show what types of goals you’re working on (perhaps you’re a fitness buff with 10 goals categorized as Health & Fitness) and also suggest goals and other members to you based on your common categories. Hopefully that’ll come soon!
Have an idea for a category that’s not included in this first list? Let me know in the comments!
Accompl.sh has grown a CRAZY amount since I first added the Dashboard last April, both in terms of members and features. The Dashboard, sadly, hasn’t gotten much attention in that time, but that’s starting to change!
Until now there were 3 types of activity on your Dashboard: Someone updated the progress of their goal, someone liked a goal, and someone commented on a goal. These updates were also constrained to activity that happened TO you rather than including other activity from the people you’re following. Sadly this left out all of the awesome bits of OTHER activity on the site. Things like joining a Challenge, creating a new list, following other people, etc. were all left unannounced and unacknowledged.
Good news! That’s all changed! The new activity feed on your Dashboard gives you all sorts of new updates, and sometimes even more details on the updates that already exist. This new system not only tells you what’s happening to your goals and Challenges, but also what the people you’re following are up to around the site.
Here’s a taste of the new update types:
I’ll leave it to you to find the others. Can’t give away all the surprises, now can I?!
As an experimental part of the site, Challenges have been through a lot of changes over the last month. They’ve had rules added and removed, they’ve crashed, they’ve gotten stuck. Overall, they’ve had a rough life so far.
But, despite all of that, so many of you have made such fantastic progress on your Challenges. Some of the comment threads are super active and so many tips are being exchanged among the the players. It’s been so cool to watch, and I’ve done my best to keep them up and running despite being duct taped together as an experiment.
One month in, it’s quite clear what works and what doesn’t. I’ve gone into hiding these last few days to sit down and (hopefully) solve the issues with the Challenges system once and for all. And I’m happy (and relieved!) to say that I just pushed those fixes live!
Here’s what’s new with Challenges:
There are a lot of other crazy bits behind the scenes to power this seemingly simple update, but I’m pretty confident the new system will hold up in a much more graceful fashion from here on out!
So go on and check out the new Challenges! What do you think of the new system?
Good news! That rule that you couldn’t join a Challenge that had already begun? GONE.
Waiting 1-3 months to take on a Challenge was a bit ridiculous. So now you can join any Challenge, even if it’s already begun! You’ll have to do some catching up though - Challengers are pretty serious about their game!
If you’ve been looking for an easy way to get your friends to join Accompl.sh, I have the answer to all of your problems! Just added: Invite Your Friends!
Just add your friends’ email addresses, add a note, and hit send! Dead simple.
To top it off, when your friends register for Accompl.sh, you’ll automatically follow each other! You’ll also get a notification when they register, so be sure to give them a giant high-five when you see them!
Having multiple lists on Accompl.sh just got a little bit easier. Now, instead of having to choose one privacy option for all of your lists, you can control your privacy on a per-list basis.
The new control is located right at the top of your list where you’ve always been able to see that list’s privacy. Just click the “change this” link and you’ll be able to choose your new preference for that particular list.
The old list privacy setting on your Settings page has been sent to retirement. Farewell old, clunk, inflexible privacy setting. You served us well.
This new preference lets you choose whether you’d like each list to be visible by everyone (public), just by you (completely private), or, if you prefer to moderate who has access to your list, you can set it to only be visible by the people you choose to follow!
There’s plenty more to come over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
Over the last few weeks I’ve been running a behind-the-scenes preview of a new twist on the old Groups section that makes working on goals into more of a social endeavor - basically a group game that lets people come together to work on a single goal.
Today I’m happy to say that the gates are open and Accomplsh Challenges are alive for everyone to join!
Here’s how it works:
Once a Challenge has started, the round is closed off and no new players will be able to join that round. You can easily put yourself on the waiting list for the next round by clicking the “Join next round” button.
That’s it! Staying motivated to complete a goal has never been easier!
On Accompl.sh, there are a lot of pieces that come together to tell the story of your goals: the photos you add, the likes and comments you receive, your progress reports, etc. Until now, though, nearly all of these awesome details have been buried on your goal’s own page. It would take at least a few clicks to get to see the photo you’ve added to a goal or even to see how many comments you’ve gotten.
Today I’m unveiling a new way to browse through your goals - right from your list page. These new drawers expand right below your goal and give you quick access to update the story around your goal. I’ve even added in a few new bits of detail such as how many days it took you to complete the goal!
Currently these quick views are only available on your own, locked lists. Soon, I’ll be adding the ability to pull down the drawer on any locked list (in addition to filling in that last window!).
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
(P.S. speaking of right at your fingertips, if you haven’t yet noticed the “hide completed goals” toggle, I quietly added it last week. This should help you filter through your goals when you want to update your progress!)
Back, back WAYYYY back when Accompl.sh had a nifty little feature that would recommend people to follow based on the types of goals you have in your lists. Somewhere along the line, the system stopped updating itself (yes, blame the system!) and recommendations were stagnant for older members and non-existent for nearly everyone who joined after October 2010. Finally, the People Like You page has gotten the TLC it needs and is back up and running in full force! Check it out and see if you can make any new friends!
You’ll need at least a few goals in your list in order for me to generate suggestions. For those of you who haven’t added anything to your list yet, you’ll see a list of recommended members. These are people who’ve made really neat lists that will give you some ideas for getting your own under way!
I’ll be updating the recommended members list pretty often, so if you know of a member who should be on it (or want to nominate yourself!) leave a comment on the Accompl.sh Facebook page!
Accompl.sh is more fun with friends, so go on and follow some people! You’ll be surprised how much more you’ll check off when you have a support crew around you!