Version 0.7: Focus on Social Collaboration

Some substantial new features and a security-related fix have triggered a new version under the “Kalay” series: 0.7. Most changes are not immediately visible to the visitor but they aim at improving the user experience.

The lists of connected users, groups and resources, for instance, can now be filtered as well, making it easier to handle large amounts of own connections. The activity stream optionally includes items that have recently joined so that you can make sure not to miss any newcomers. Administrators and moderators can insert into the users’ streams system-wide announcements. And, just to mention one more feature that was added in response to a request: The image upload has been extended to allow also for common office document files, like PDF, text documents, spreadsheets, or presentations. This enables you to share these documents directly from your server, as part of a resource or in a chat or private message. Files are saved in a user’s own space on the server.screenshot-file-browser

During our work we are also trying to improve the way how we describe the concept of mycitizen.net. We have understood that merely talking about social networking understates the collaborative aspect, evoking ideas of platforms that are merely for communication but don’t facilitate the formation of groups and the sharing of resources in a way that makes it possible for others to easily find what is relevant to them.

Read the whole list of changes or grab the code. Particularly during testing, we are glad about helping hands. If you think that your engagement with civil society could benefit from a hosted deployment, please contact us and we will see if we can help out. This applies to the time during the beta phase and mainly – but not exclusively – to activities inside Myanmar (Burma).

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Version 0.6: Online Status and Recommendations

screenshot_Homepage_online_statusMost changes in this version are small but should noticeably improve the user experience:

  • You can see now who are the friends of your friends (unless, of course, they have chosen to remain invisible). This makes it easier to find new connections that matter without, however, having to sacrifice on privacy protection.
  • We have improved the ways how to find out what has recently happened: Users who are currently online are marked with a green dot, while others reveal the date when they last have been online. This information is only visible to users who are logged in.
  • Recommendations on the home screen are now compiled by considering your position in a growing radius. If even the larger radius doesn’t yield sufficient results, the position is entirely disregarded. This way, you will first receive items close to you, and only if there is nothing around – or if you have already added them to your connections – the search will be extended to other areas.
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