We’ve been doing some fun things with Friends, like adding a PM to Friends and new Friends links on the Sueetie Wall. Sueetie Friends is based on the YetAnotherForum.NET Buddies module, as you know, so we were thinking, why not extend YAF.NET’s Thanks and Favorites functionality as well? So we did, that is, we started to, as there is a lot of room to grow here.
We should begin by reminding you of the origination of Favorites and Thanks shown here in YetAnotherForum.NET. Not only can you tag topics as favorites and thank other community members for their posts, but you can also view your thanks and favorites in your YAF.NET Profile. Two more reasons why YetAnotherForum.NET rocks.
Our first step in extending Favorites and Thanks beyond YetAnotherForum.NET was to add them to the Community Activity Stream shown below from a development server snapshot. Quite the love fest going on between Stan, Henry and Dave, demonstrating Thanks, display of Favorites activity, and something else brand new, when members become Friends.
It’s very cool to display thanks, favorites and friends activity on the Activity Stream, but a lot more has been going on behind the scenes in laying the foundation for Analytics Features coming in v4.1. Each of these activities will be weighted and reported on in Analytics, so part of the task was building the architecture that we will be using in Analytics services going forward. The Community Activity Stream display was just the icing.
We’re going to do a few more things with thanks and favorites before moving on. If you’ve been following the trail of Sueetie Development for a while you might have an idea of what you’ll be seeing next. Sorry, no hints. You’ll just have to stay tuned.