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Mixx’s Secret Upgrades Rock!

April 9, 2008

It’s fun to watch a new web site grow and improve, and it’s even better to be part of that improvement and development. I wrote a couple months ago about Mixx’s great customer service, and tonight I’m writing about the most recent round of on-site improvements Mixx has implemented.

Mixx logoWhat’s interesting about these upgrades is that Mixx chose to not mention three four of them in their official announcement today.

Is this part of a game? Find the hidden Mixx improvements? I wouldn’t put it past them. They’re cool that way. In any case, here are four five small-but-sweet improvements Mixx has just implemented, three four of which they didn’t tell you about themselves.

8-Category Limit

It used to be that you could submit a story and assign it to unlimited categories. Spammers took advantage of that (of course). No more. Now you’re limited to a very generous eight categories. The submission interface is nice, too.

Mixx: 8 Category Limit

15-Minute Edit Window

If you screwed up a submission or a comment, you couldn’t edit it. Your mistake was laid bare for all to see. The shame! Now, you’ve got a 15-minute edit window for both story submissions and comments. This is the only one of these upgrades that Mixx mentioned in the official announcement. And again, a very nice interface for handling the edits.

Mixx: 15 Minute Edit Window

See More from this Mixxer

While browsing through recent submissions, there’s a new box that says, Like this story? See more from this Mixxer. It links to the user’s profile. It doesn’t show up on every submission, though. I’m not sure how it chooses when to appear, but I think it’s related to my voting history. I recently voted up one of BrettRowls stories and saw this under one of his other submissions.

Mixx: See More from this Mixxer

More From This Site

And maybe the coolest upgrade of the bunch is another unadvertised tweak: On story pages, there’s a new tab that lets you see other submits from the same web site. This could become a great exposure tool for your blog or web site — one click and a Mixx user can see all the content from your site/blog that people have submitted. Love it.

Mixx: More From This Site

If Mixx is going to avoid tooting its own horn and keep these upgrades quiet, that’s fine. But I’m all about spreading the word. It’s the little things like this that make for a great experience — especially when they keep making improvements like this every couple months.

Thanks, Mixx.

Did I miss any other upgrades? If so, leave a comment, please.

Update: Found One More

I found another upgrade tonight:

New Photo Scroller Display

The old, static display of photos in the right column has been replaced by a smooth, Ajax-y photo scroller. And there’s a link to see more photos below it. The surprises continue!

Mixx: New Photo Scroller


  • Reply Kerry from Mixx April 9, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Hey Matt
    thanks for the writeup!
    We didn’t intend to create a treasure hunt of new features, but glad you enjoyed it šŸ˜‰

    Thanks for pointing these out to everyone!

  • Reply Will April 9, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Thanks for the awesome post on our newest release. You know, we have been operating in overdrive lately in releasing new features, that when we put this blog post together, we simply did not get the whole feature list together for the blog post. I am glad that you found all the other little gems of this release and am happy that you like it all.

    Thanks for submitting this post to Mixx, I just gave it a vote up šŸ˜‰


  • Reply Matt April 9, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Thx for the comments, Kerry and Will — and for the great work on Mixx. So did I miss anything? šŸ™‚

  • Reply Kristen April 10, 2008 at 7:02 am

    Things started out a bit slow for me with Mixx but have really started to take off more recently and with these new features, Mixx is better than ever and easier to use. Thanks for pointing all of them out (and showing my comment)!

  • Reply Matt April 10, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    I think Mixx is starting to make good strides with exposure and awareness, Kristen. And the ease of use should keep a lot of those “new eyes” on the site, hopefully as quality users.

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