Testing another related post recommendation tool December 3 | Ariel offbeatbride Just a quick heads-up that I'm beta-testing a new related post recommendation tool on all the Empire blogs today. It's another AddThis tool, and I'm just going to see how it feels. I LOVE that readers can get more posts recommended, but it might be too much going on. I'm not really looking for feedback yet (at this point, I'm mostly just watching how it performs, rather than collecting opinions) but did want to let y'all know that it's in beta, and at this point is just a test. Update: I'm wrapping up the test for now, as results were pretty feeble, with the the sidebar module getting roughly 20% as many clicks as the bottom right "What's Next" module. Thanks for the feedback, everyone! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives in Seattle with her son, and if she's not reading or writing, chances are good that she's dancing and happy-crying. PREVIOUS This week's awesome comments (+ best copyediting note of all time?) NEXT Why I'm not doing a reader survey this year (and what I'm doing instead) Show/Hide comments [ 12 ] Personally I prefer this to the other one, it feels less "lurkey" though you might want to mess a bit with the branding, I assumed it was just an advert at first and that my adblocker had stopped working. 5 agree "Less lurkey"! I love that. Is it because it shows up right away? I know the What's Next module in the bottom right waits for you to scroll a bit before appearing… And yeah, since it's a beta test for the AddThis folks, the design is VERY basic. I love your suggestion about branding — like if where it says "Recommended for you" it said "Offbeat posts you'll love" or something, to make it clear that these aren't ads, but POSTS. 4 agree Just as a heads-up, I have used AddThis and found it adds a LOT of crufty code and is a bitch and a half to style decently. In case you care about a random's opinion! Ooh, crufty code? Do tell! A SHITLOAD of useless <span>s, it is incredibly hard to style without littering !important all over the fucking place, and WHY THE FUCKING IFRAME WHY WHY WHY. That's really helpful feedback – I'll talk to the team and see how we can make custom styling a little easier. Maybe it's just because I'm reading on a netbook (grad school procrastinating, woo!), but the side-based "recommended for you" is being overlapped by the bottom, lurkey-scrolly one in the lower right-hand corner. They aren't playing nicely with each other on my 1366 x 768 screen. Regarding any/either one – has anyone else had the "Recommended for you" algorithm conk out and link you to the exact same post you're reading? Is that just on my end? I'd also second the "Offbeat Posts You'll Love" or something rather than "Recommended for you," which is so generic I also worriedly assume that some horrible ad-ware has made it onto my computer until I see it's an Offbeat ____ post. 1 agrees Regarding any/either one – has anyone else had the "Recommended for you" algorithm conk out and link you to the exact same post you're reading? Is that just on my end? Not just you — that's a bug I reported too, that AddThis has told me they're working to correct. They're also working to make it so that the algorithm doesn't recommend a post you've already read. It's irritating to get into a post recommendation loop! 1 agrees There's a lot of great feedback here for us. The side layer is still very new, so we will be working to make sure that it works correctly and plays nicely with our other tools. Thanks for taking a look at the new tools! Dave from AddThis I know you said you weren't looking for feedback, but it seems quite buggy right now and it's driving me a little nuts. First, the area that gets covered by the part that slides out when you hover, is not clickable even when the recommended post is collapsed. So as I scroll it messes with my ability to click on your Pinterest, recent comments, viral post, and patron sidebars. And the ads, too. Second, if it recommends a site tag to me, it tends to grab a screenshot of an ad. I have a screenshot I can send (if you like) with 4/5 of them showing a Zappos ad, and one of them says "Oops! File not found." That's happened with the bottom corner one too, but is a lot more obvious when it's a whole column of them. 😛 Using Firefox at the moment, though both issues have appeared on Chrome as well. Yep, I'm seeing all these bugs as well! Again: it's very much in beta, and I'm just doing a quick test this week to check it out. Cool, thanks! Sometimes it's just nice to be heard. 1 agrees Comments are closed.