This is a quick guide to using the new IM and Chat beta launch.
Rooms Tab: The global-chat is open to all registered fans.
There is another room that is reserved for users of a certain level, and you'll also see that in the Rooms tab. In the past, we've had a few random people come in and hit on the people in the chat rooms, so the reserved room should be relatively free of such riff-raff.
Contact Tab: Setting custom status messages: click on the pencil, and type away!
Turning off chat: Click on the bubble next to "I am online" and click on the red "Log out" option on the menu.
Yes, we've been thinking about Gold for a long time
An important challenge here is finding ways for fans to get feedback on what contributions they made are hot, and which were uninteresting to other fans.
Medals are nice, but they are too coarse-grained to give feedback on contributions (you only know after you earn a medal, and you don't even know which contributions in that club caused you to earn a medal and which contributions were a waste of your time).
This is where Gold comes in. Your hottest contributions will earn Gold each day (think of them as micro-medals), and you will have a private console that shows which are your hottest contributions....
Fellow Fans! Here's what's in our latest Fanpop 2.0 builds:
At bat (these features are nearly complete and slated to be built out in the near future): The return of Featured Fans to the Fanpop homepage! This new version will showcase fans who have earned a certain number of medals and who have logged in most recently. It now lists their highest medalled clubs with links to those clubs so that others may explore and contribute. Future versions will have tabs to show current highest ranked fans, active fans who joined longest ago, and hand-picked featured fans. Got ideas? That's what comments are...