Al’s made some changes to piclists. The pics now display at a larger size, we’ve increased the maximum upload size (that should make it easier for you Jean!) and clicking on an image will take you to a full size version. I think it’s much better- let me know what you think.
As Al’s already reported. The friends system is now up and running. It was introduced as a result of the poll we held earlier this year. Now our lists can be ‘public’, ‘private’ or ‘for friends only’. Personally, I only plan to use the ‘for friends only’ option as the exception rather than the rule. Our original Lifelists concept was based on the idea of sharing our enthusiasm for the things we love and really that means doing it publicly. Now that we’ve expanded to cover piclists, todolists and any other kind of list, it’s understandable that there may be some lists that we may want to be totally private or that can only viewed by ‘friends’. I do hope though, that as we are using nicknames and because so many aspects of our profiles are totally private, we all feel protected enough to continue making public lists. As we’ve never had any security issues on the site or any non-friendly behaviour here, I do hope we can all remain ‘friends’ so that we can continue to support each other by messaging or sending me2!s and build new relationships. I think that the most useful function of the ‘friends’ system for me will be the ability to message a group of people all in one go.
Our friends system has been live for about a week now and it seems to have bedded down nicely. Now you can establish “friendships” with other users and create Lifelists that are only seen by your friends. This applies to any type of Lifelist (except your main Lifelist) so you could create, for example, piclists containing photos of your family or friends safe it the knowledge that you are in control of who can see them. Through the “my friends” tab you can quickly see your friends Lifelists and even send them messages. Talking of piclists, these are the focus of our next development. At the moment we are restricting the size of the photos you can upload to 200KB. I won’t go into the reasons why we set it up this way because they are mostly technical and boring, but we realise that it is a bit of a nuisance in these days of 7MP+ cameras. So we’re rewriting the system to handle much bigger files. Watch this space!
We heard on Monday that our trade mark for the word Lifelists has finally been registered. It’s been a long time coming (our application was lodged and is now backdated to 26/04/2006) but yet seems to have been a straightforward application with no objections etc. Many thanks to Cruickshank and Co. for guiding us through the procedure. We can now use the ® symbol wherever we use the word Lifelists if we like.
This web site is so important to Al and I. Of course, there are more important things in life (our health, being together etc.) but we are very commited to this site and our Lifelists concept. We’re going to do everything we can to make it a success but what exactly does that mean? Maybe it is a success already? We don’t have millions of users like some other sites but the Lifelisters that have got involved are worth their weight in gold or (even rare white truffles). Many thanks to them; they have made this site what it is, are creating some great lists and really seem to ‘get’ our concept. Since our little site went ‘live’ at the end of last year there has not been one complaint about any user. Everyone has been kind, supportive, encouraging and respectful of each other. We are very slowly (but surely that’s the best way?) building a community of people who love life and want to celebrate it. People who are not just happy to celebrate our similarities but also our differences. What more could we want? As far as we’re concerned that makes the site a huge success. I can see though that there may be a case to be made for getting more people involved so that there is more rapidly changing content on the site. We haven’t really tried that hard to do this so far but now feels like the right time to try and spread the word. The site is working properly from a technical point of view, the friends section will be online soon and there are lots of new additions almost ready to go. Al’s working non stop on all the techie stuff so the marketing will be down to me. If anyone can help with this or make some suggestions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch or get involved.
Pixie has come up with another great list entitled ‘If I won the lottery’. As soon as we can, we’ll add it to the quicklist menu. I have a list in my head of what I would do if I had lots and lots of money but I’ve never written it down before. I have a feeling that the things I will put on my list won’t be the same as the extravagant ideas in my head. That’s another one that would take a lot of thinking about but what fun. Something to keep me busy on long winter evenings. Like Pixie though, it would help if I actually bought a ticket on a regular basis!
eclectic has come up with a great list idea- ‘Ideal Round The World Trip’. The idea is this: Imagine you can go around the world for a year and stay at 13 stops each for 4 weeks thereby using them as a hub for accessing intermediate destinations. I really admire eclectic’s choices and spent many a happy hour wondering what my own choices would be. I’m assuming money would be no object. I think I need to get the atlas out before I commit myself to this one.
The friends system is coming along nicely and should be up and running very soon. In the meantime we’ve added a ‘quicklists’ menu. If you’re feeling short of inspiration you can choose a list from the quicklist menu which will be created automatically for you. I’ve chosen some interesting lists for this menu; there’s Samantha Steger-Lewis’s list- ‘Things to do before Xmas’, eclectic’s ‘Ideal Round the World Trip’, my ‘nowlist’ idea and Jean Rhynsburger’s ‘Blessings List”. Any suggestions for additions to this menu will be very welcome.