It's confident yet understated.
It's Andy Griffith without the je ne sais croix.
It's My developerWorks.
After one and half years of blood, sweat and toil, we are finally at the point where we can start talking about the upcoming rollout of our set of personalization features that are wrapped into My developerWorks.
This heralds a culture change and a paradigm shift on the part of us at developerWorks in our move from being a destination site for superior technical content to an ecosystem that allows users to interact with the content and each other. Yes, we will continue to commission and produce high quality technical content. What the My developerWorks environment will do is allow users to make better use of it in the way that best suits their individual needs.
The key features of the initial rollout are:
- A profile page that allows users to develop an electronic persona
- A home page that allows the user to personalize their dW experience and find content and events customized to their needs
- A social bookmarking environment that will allow users to create a tag repository of their browsing experience, at dW and elsewhere
- A people search capability to find and connect with peers who have similar interests and experience
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. So here are two screen shots:
This is the proposed look and feel for the new, consolidated community landing page. The key element here is the people search capability. Once a user has created a profile for him/herself, their activities are publicized in numerous places on dW. The ability to search for and find peers who are doing the same things or have the same interests is enabled and facilitated across the My developerWorks environment. This is in response to user feedback that said something along the following lines:
'You guys do a great job of creating technical content. But when I get there, I now want to know who else is reading this stuff. I want to know what they are reading, and where they are participating.'
Hopefully this will answer some of that.
This second shot is the top half of the new profile page and featured is our ultra talented John Muller, who was a key member of the UX team on this project. The goal is to make this My developerWorks profile the single persona users will need in order to interact with any assets on developerWorks.
What are the kinds of features you would expect at My developerWorks?
What would motivate you to create a profile?
Is there info from external sites that you participate in (FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter etc.) that you feel would be valuable to pull into My developerWorks? I'll tip my hand somewhat and say that we are working on some of this already.
Do you think UNC is going to win the big dance this year?
Look forward to any thoughts, comments, concerns or ideas you may have.