Improved Hashtag function, Links page, Text-only mode, and Print button

Hey, the holiday season is around the corner! While you are busy putting up Christmas trees and shopping for gifts for family and friends, BagTheWeb is working on another update to provide you with an improved Hashtag function and three other new features. Here is a brief introduction of these cool things.

1. Improved Hashtag

The new hashtag feature is more powerful than the old one. Now it can (1) help you organize your bags, (2) help you explore other people’s bags, (3) make the whole system smarter.

– A new bag description field that allows hashtagging. You can add hashtags by editing the bag description field even before publishing your bags.

bag description hashtags

– Recommending bags with hashtags. If you are updating bags you created a while ago, you can recommend them to your followers with hashtags that describe the newest links you are adding. You can also use hashtags to recommend bags created by others.

– Commenting on bags with hashtags. The comment field also allows hashtags now. If you see a bag that do not have appropriate hashtags yet, you can add hashtags to it via the comment field. This way, you “push” this bag onto the public hashtag page and make it easier for other users to find.

– Filter by hashtags. Now you can see a “filter by hashtags” button on all users’ bagspace pages. You can click this button and choose a hashtag to filer bags users created and recommended. On your bagspace, the “filter by hashtags” button can be found on the All Bags page, Draft Bags page, Published Bags page, Private Bags page, Recommendations page, and Favorites page.

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– Improved public hashtag page. A public hashtag page now has two new choices: (1) “tags that may be related” at the sidebar; (2) a personal hashtag section. If you click a hashtag from one user’s profile, you will see three sections: “by all”, “by this user”, and “by you”.

– Two groups of hashtags on profile page. We separate the hashtags you have used into two groups: (1) Hashtags used on your bags, and (2) Hashtags used on others’ bags.

2. Links page

The newly added Links page under your bagspace is a private page like Favorite page. Only you can see this page at your bagspace. The Links page displays all links you bagged under four categories: all, draft, published, and private.

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The Links page has two view modes. The default mode is Simple view which only displays Links’ titles and dates. The Expand view adds link’s description and shows the titles of bags where the link resides.

The Links page allows users to Export links as a HTML file. Also, users can search for links there.

3. Text-only mode

Even without signing in to our website, you can now see a text-only mode of a bag page.

see text mode

The text-only mode allows you to copy visual or HTML format of all links within a bag. Then you can paste these links to your blog, text file, email edit box or other files.

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4. Print button on a bag page

The Comment button at the right top corner of a bag page has been replaced by a Print button. Now you can print all links within a bag.

print button

If you want to make the world greener, you can use this button only when you have to do it. For example, if you build a bag for your trip, it’s still useful to have a paper copy of it in hand to view the information while you do not have web access.

OK, that’s our introduction. Even the new features seem useful, we still want to see how much you like them and thus are eager to hear your feedback.

You may want to check out the following bags to see screenshots.

(1). New feature: Filter by hashtags
http://bagtheweb.com/b/heY8XP

(2). Public hashtag page
http://bagtheweb.com/b/GMepay

(3). How to create hashtags on BagTheWeb?
http://bagtheweb.com/b/JuvbY0

(4). New feature: Links page
http://bagtheweb.com/b/CLtpvy

(5). New feature: Text-only mode
http://bagtheweb.com/b/URHQYv

(6). Print button on a bag page
http://bagtheweb.com/b/tRJypd

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

2011 is a wonderful year. Thanks to all of you for staying here with us through the year. We have received many warm thank-you messages from you and learned a lot from you. We are working together to make the web more useful for the world.

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Welcome to the 9/11 Curation for Memorial Channel

Today, we are glad to announce the launch of our 9/11 Curation for Memorial Channel. This day marks the tenth anniversary of the shocking 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. We have reached an important milestone.

During the past decade, people talked, debated, and thought about the changes the world is experiencing. These conversations brought tons of articles, photos, videos, presentations, tweets, and other types of contents on the Web.

Social network websites are being used as gathering places for public memorial of 9/11. People are coming together to pay tribute to the victims, share stories, and bear witness to the tragedy on these sites.

So, what’s the most convenient way to curate these fragmented materials? Can we weave a 9/11 Web together?

We believe that collective social content curating efforts will build a “good web” where contents are better interconnected, easier to find, to share and to use. And we are excited BagTheWeb is part of this powerful trend.

The 9/11Curation for Memorial Channel aims to provide you with an easy way to collect, preserve, present, and share the history of September 11, 2011 and its aftermath. You can use “bags” to curate 9/11 related web contents from your personal angle, and then submit your bags to the channel.

http://bagtheweb.com/911

Are you a 9/11 Curator?

Join us to build a large online museum for the past and for the future.

Let’s weave a 9/11 Web together.

How to contribute a related bag

If you are interested in 9/11-related topics and would like to contribute to this channel, please consider submitting bags by using one of the following methods:

1. Use “Suggest related bags” box
2. Recommend bags simply by add a hashtag #911

Qualified bags will be selected as featured bags by our curators. It’s amazing what we can work on this together!

Participate without signing up

If you don’t want to sign up, you can follow @BagTheGOOD who is the curator of this channel on Twitter.com and send him a tweet “I’d like to be a #911 curator on @BagTheWeb”.

We will DM you the user name and password of “911Curator” account at BagTheWeb.

New Bag Page: A Wider Layout for Networked Curation

During last several weeks, we were working on a new bag page design to improve the user experience on our site. Today all our bags get a new look. Beyond most curation tools’ capability, BagTheWeb enables users to build networks of bags. This way bags can be linked together to provide rich and complete information about any topic. The new bag page design aims to bring you an effortless way of building networked curation.

Here is a brief description on the new bag page and other changes.

1. Fixed, two-column layout

Instead of expanding tabs, now every bag page has a fixed, two-column layout, for both public view and editing modes.

For bag readers, the current webpage links section is wider than the old one. The wider layout brings a more eye-friendly browsing and reading experience.

This is also good for bag creators who can see exactly what a bag will look like when it’s published, without switching between edit and view modes.


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2. Recommendation and Hashtags

The new layout moves the recommend button under the bag icon and separates it from the regular share buttons. This makes the recommend button more outstanding to encourage you to share more interesting bags to your followers, no matter if you are the bag’s creator or not.


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The recommend box uses a pop-up window. You can write additional comments comfortably with a bigger edit box while you are recommending a bag.


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Hashtags people used are also displayed at the bag summary as a part of the identity of a bag. It is useful for bag readers to explore more related bags through the hashtag page.

3. Always display bag links section

If a bag doesn’t have any bag links, the old design hides the whole bag links section from the bag page. The new layout always display the bag links section. The result is that bag pages have a consistent, easy to read layout.

4. New Picture inserting interface

We implemented a new, more user-friendly process for uploading a picture. Now you can insert a picture three ways: upload from your computer, grab a publicly available image URL, or select from a set of images found on a particular webpage. For bag icon, user icon, and post’s picture, you can use the first 2 methods but not the last.

5. Display popular hashtags at the top of explore page

Hashtags people used when they recommend bags is a great way to explore quality bags. The new explore page displays a cluster of popular hashtags at the top.

6. Support more rich media contents

Bags will automatically display rich media content, such as video and photos, originated from certain sites. Check out the following list to see what site we are supporting:

— YouTube.com
— Vimeo.com
— TED.com
— SlideShare.com
— TechCrunch.tv
— Ustream.tv
— 5min.com
— Flickr.com

All you need to do is add a link to a bag, and the video or photo will be recognized automatically and become embedded into the bag. We will add more sites to the supported list soon.

Try it yourself to see if the above change if it is more friendly, helpful, and fun to you. As always, we are eager to hear what you, our baggers, think about these new changes. Click on the “feedback” link at the bottom of any page and tell us what you think.

Service Back to Normal. Thank You!

After two days of intense work, we finally reinstalled all the pieces needed for running BagTheWeb onto a much more reliable server environment. Hopefully, this will prevent future interruptions from happening.

we are back

During the past two days, we got a lot of inquiries from our users. We really appreciate all your interest and encouragement!

@live2learn

We are very sorry for the temporarily down. Now everything is fine. All of your accounts’ information and data are safe.

@TSSVeloso

Thank you for your patience and support. We will continuously improve the performance of our site and present you more useful features.