Over the course of the last 24 hours the Plurk development team rolled out several new features to the Plurk community. Many of these were welcomed additions but a few of them had an undesirable impact. It was definitely one of those good news/bad news kind of things. The good news is that the features introduced are great additions to an already good product. The first new functionality was the inclusion of a "Block User" button to the user's profile. You now have the capability to block a user directly from their profile. This has been something that the user community has been asking about for quite some time so it's inclusion brought a lot of joy from the user base. The default graphic is a red square button so you can bet that I'll be covering how to theme that in an upcoming tutorial so it matches the style and color scheme of your profile page. The second new feature that was introduced was the ability to follow or friend someone directly from the friend/fan page. This again brings great strides in usability to the interface. Both of these show that the developers are definitely listening to the users which is one of the best reasons for using Plurk versus one of the other micro-blogging services.
Now for the bad news. I should probably preface this by saying this isn't necessarily bad news just that it had implications to a lot of users that were somewhat unexpected. In an effort to make Plurk faster and more scalable, the development team made several changes to the CSS files. These changes should make things run a little faster as the files have been optimized at least initially. As a result several areas may have broken if you have modified or customized your CSS profile.
From first glance it appears the changes have impacted the following:
- Modified the Karma arrow and added an element ID for it
- Added a SPAN and background image to the Find Twitter Friends box
- Added a SPAN and background image to the Embed Plurk Widget box
- Added a SPAN and background image to the Mobile Plurk link box
- Added a SPAN and background image to the Invite or Find Your Friends box
- Added an element for the Loading Image
- Added an element for the left browse arrow image
- Added an element for the right browse arrow image
- Added an element for the Back to Today image
- Added an element for the update box divider (# new plurks/# new responses)
Over the course of the next several days and weeks I'll continue to try and add new tutorials to the site. I'm also toying with the idea of releasing the themes that I am creating such as the Halloween theme you might have seen. I'm currently working on a Thanksgiving theme and I am in the initial planning stages to create a Christmas theme. I'll continue to use the motorcycle theme for continuity in the tutorials as well.
As always, if you have an idea for a tutorial or a theme please don't hesitate to ask and I will see what I can do to create something to meet your needs. As always I suggest following my Plurk account or check back often to stay abreast of anything new on the site.