This year LivePerson (the company I work for) is doing a fund-raising trek in Snowdonia (yes its really called that way) in order to raise funds for Naomi House & Jacks Place which is a phenomenal hospice dedicated to help children and young adults in need. These kids are usually faced with conditions and illnesses that mean they are likely not going to make it to adulthood.
LivePerson UK is heavily involved with Naomi House and has been working with the hospice for several years to raise money and volunteer to help make it a better place.
Today I’ve released the second version of ImportanTweet.com.
The site was first released about a couple of weeks ago in a very limited, invite only mode and a few lucky participants have gotten to use it and I have received some excellent feedback that to the greater part I’ve managed to incorporate in this release. Others will be added later as well as more features and improvements I already have in mind.
Let me start by saying that your feedback is crucial for the site to succeed so please keep it coming in any form you can. I can be contacted here through comments, on Twitter at @important_t_com and by email.
This new release is packed with new features, improvements and some bug fixes. Below is a list of the major ones to notice:
I am very happy to announce that today I’m officially making my project named ImportanTweet available on the web!
The idea behind ImportantTweet is to show the tweets that are important to you so if you follow a considerable number of accounts on Twitter and it becomes difficult to keep track and you feel like you miss on tweets you find interesting, IT is the tool for you.
Three weeks ago I wanted to buy a present for my beautiful wife for having carried our recently born baby girl, she did it magnificently for over 9 months and I thought that a small token would be the least I can do to show my appreciation for bringing an amazing present into our lives.
I looked online and found a pair of very nice white-gold earrings that I had hoped she will like on Overstock.com, a site I had heard good things about and thought is a reputable brand that I could trust. The fact that they had online chat on their site bolstered that feeling as I’m a LivePerson employee I can now recognize and appreciate the value of live chat on a retail site. Overstock is not a LivePerson customer by the way (perhaps that should have tipped me off).
I have ordered the earrings on December 23rd, 2011 and of course I knew they will take some time to arrive, after all it was just before Christmas but that was fine with me, I had hoped they will arrive a few days after the new year.
After they did not arrive for a while I looked at the confirmation email I received and used the tracking link they provided, this took me to the DHL tracking site which very “usefully” told me it couldn’t find the details for the tracking number. I thought to myself, alright, I will try in a few more days, surely it will appear soon.
In many occurrences i find myself wanting to fade in an element on the page and then immediately fade it out as a way to convey that something happened in a non-obtrusive way.
To do that I need to call the fadeIn and fadeOut jQuery methods in sequence. This can be done easily because fadeIn accepts a callback as a second parameter which will be called when the animation completes.
Easy as it is to do I still find it annoying that i have to call two separate methods for an action i wish to be done as one so naturally since it is so easy to extend jQuery I wrote a little extension that does just that.
Again I’ve put some focus on the List Quick Helper which I think is a valuable extension on its on but also is a good platform for further extensibility. Extensibility not necessarily created by myself.
With this update to the helper I’ve included two major additions to functionality.
This one I’ve been thinking about for a few weeks. Finally got the chance to write it yesterday while waiting for my flight back home from Palma.
For my English readers, I apologize but no translation for now… Im not sure if I can do this poem justice in translation. The title I can loosely translate to: “How do we Part“.
Hope you like it.