About me, BYTO, and Twins Daily
by, 06-22-2012 at 10:40 AM (2281 Views)
Some of you may know me already from my stewardship of Battle Your Tail Off over the past 6+ years or you may only know me by reputation (heh). Moving forward, we're going to work to integrate the BYTO and Twins Daily communities in an attempt to create the most lively, interesting discussion of the Twins anywhere on the internet. My background is of a technical nature; I've spent the past decade as an illustrator, graphic designer, and web developer. You won't see much in the way of original content from me; Seth, John, Nick, and Parker have that arena well in hand. My focus will be on user experience and forum management.
With that out of the way, I want to hear from you. What do you love about Twins Daily? What do you think can be improved? I want to hear ideas and opinions from everyone; you're all part of this community (the most important part, actually) and the five of us want to deliver the goods in the most accessible, user-friendly way possible. If you have anything to say, please, feel free to tell me about it. I'm just getting a feel for this community while some of you have been here for months already. I'll be leaning heavily on your support and input while I get up to speed with what the Twins Daily experience is all about.
Here are a few things I've already done to improve the experience:
- Facebook Connect. I'm sure a few of you have noticed a strange blue box at the top of the screen that says "F: Connect". That is a cool little feature that allows you to connect your Twins Daily account to your Facebook account. Don't worry, Facebook Connect isn't some nefarious plot to farm your personal information, it merely allows you to easily share Twins Daily content with your Facebook page. Like a post you created or want to let your friends know about a blog you just wrote? Click the "Publish to Facebook" check box below the text window and that content will be delivered to your Facebook wall for all to see.
- Forum imagery. You've probably noticed that icons have been changing around the forums. The text across the site has been slightly embiggened to make it easier to read on the smaller, higher resolution monitors in use today. Some of the widgets look a little different. Small and sometimes unnoticeable changes will constantly be happening here at TD. See something you don't like? You should let me know about it. I'm certainly not going to get everything right the first time around and user feedback is the best way to know I'm on the right track. The same applies to things I may have missed; if you see a glaring issue that I haven't addressed, I want to know about it.
- Forum content. To create a more active community, we're trying to consolidate where threads are located in the forums. Article threads will appear in the relevant forum instead of their own separate forum. Game threads will start in the Twins Forum before being retired to the Archived Game Forum after the conclusion of the game. The idea is to put our content in front of as many eyeballs as possible so you don't have to click through many different forums just to talk about the game in progress while also having a discussion about Trevor Plouffe and commenting on the latest article by one of the TwinsCentric crew.
- The community. One of our goals is to make the TD forums the first destination for Twins discussion on the internet. In the coming weeks, we will be trying out new ideas to strengthen the community, similar to what Seth is already doing with the great Adopt A Prospect thread in the On The Farm Forum. Some ideas I'm bouncing around are Pictures of the Week, Fun With Numbers, and other staples of the BYTO community over the past half decade. In this area, I'm always looking for new, fun ideas that will engage the readership. Most good ideas aren't top-down. You know better than anyone what interests you and I want to hear what that is, no matter how outlandish it might sound initially.
Again, this is only possible because of you, the Twins Daily community members. I look forward to hearing your ideas about how to make Twins Daily a better place for Twins fans to hang out and enjoy the team, even if they're not playing like the '61 Yankees right now.