In exciting news this week, our development team released some great improvements to the site, all aimed at giving users confidence that actions will work as promised. If you send an email, you can be confident that all the recipients will see it. If you upload a photo, you can be confident that it will appear the way you want. Sounds simple – but it’s the kind of thing you notice when it doesn’t work.
It’s been about two months since we released our group email feature to the public. We’ve gotten some great user feedback that drove these new improvements. The system originally was set up so that people had to join a group to receive group messages. But we heard from group owners and leaders that they wanted to feel confident that their messages were being seen by everyone they wanted, even if some people hadn’t yet accepted their invitation to join the group. We made that change this week. Now you can feel confident that all recipients will see group messages – even if they haven’t clicked that “join now” button yet.
We’ve also made it easier to include links in an email message. New this week, when you type a website address like www.startingpoints.com into your message, the system recognizes what you’re typing and converts it into a clickable link, like this: www.StartingPoints.com. As a sender you can be confident that message recipients will be able to access the pages you want.
The final email improvement released this week involved re-working our email templates so they work even with the oldest email clients and browsers. You can use any email provider you want and be confident that you’ll be able to receive messages through your StartingPoints groups.
We also made improvements related to uploading photos. Now when you take a picture with your phone, our system will know the orientation of the picture and upload it in the correct orientation. You can be confident that the image displayed is the image as you intended it.
We’re thrilled to be providing a better experience for our users. We knew that our initial product release wasn’t complete as built, but we also knew it was important to get the product into the hands of users so we could get the best picture of what improvements were needed. Being able to act on user feedback means we can give our users confidence that their actions will work as intended. That’s how we build confidence in our product.