Based on your feedback and issues we recognized, we finally redesigned your Home Feed to put more focus on beautiful photos that are worth getting seen by even more people. To say it in the wise words of a tech company with a fruit logo: "It's the most beautiful Home Feed we've ever created!"
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The Home Feed is the center of the platform because it is usually the first page you see when you log in. The page was one of the first features of Locationscout to make sure that new photos are seen by the community. A lot has changed since then and simply loading the last 120 photos to allocate them to feed items grouped by day might have worked when there were 120 photos uploaded in an entire week. Now we are often reaching these numbers in a day, which was resulting in new photos simply disappearing too fast from the feed.
On the other hand, we had the issue that users who don't log in daily had a rough time to not miss the really good photos and spots that were shared. If you did upload your photo just before midnight (Berlin time) you had also the benefit of being present much longer than anybody else because every feed item was ordered by the newest entries.
So let's talk about the ideas behind the new Home Feed and why there is still more to come.
The photos are the most important part of the platform (besides you of course! ;-)) and we wanted to give them as much space as possible. That's why we removed the sidebar, made the photos bigger in the feed and even larger on the subpages for popular and new photos.
We really appreciate all these beautiful photos being shared on Locationscout. That's why we wanted to give them more space by having a subpage for the top photos from the last 30 days and a page where you can browse through the new photos from the last 2 weeks.
With the much wider design we entirely redesigned how blog articles and featured locations are shown in the feed. The feed items are now divided into the last 24 hours showing all the new photos and afterwards, the feed is showing the top 10 photos from each day to make sure that you won't miss anything and to give the most beautiful photos the reputation they deserve.
With this redesign we are also introducing the new sub-navigation which makes it easier to split content to different sections to focus on less with each subpage. The most subtle and yet the most extensive change are rounded borders for the entire platform, making it easier to recognize buttons or form elements.
As everything in life the Home Feed will keep evolving over time and features like the top list are still missing. The reputation history was moved to your notifications due to the fact that there is no sidebar anymore.
I really love the focus now being more on the photos but even more important is the community behind all this amazing content. That's why a subpage for promoting the awesome photographers behind all these photos is already planned.
Another part for future improvements is personalization, for example by being able to follow other photographers or even locations and countries because you want to see more content of specific places you want to visit soon.
What are your thoughts? Do you like the new Home Feed more and is there anything that you would add, change or improve? Let us hear in the comments below!