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July 16, 2009

New user menu and social networking features debut Thursday

Maintenance_75.jpgYour nikonians.org community friends are just a few mouse clicks away with the addition of new features to be unveiled today. The features are designed to provide an enhanced friends networking system available to all members and update user profile details.

Stahlbrandt-150.jpgWorking behind the scenes, co-founder Bo Stahlbrandt and the Internet Technology staff has been preparing for a migration of the user menu, profile, and preferences and networking functions to a higher functionality allowing all members to share images, comments and ideas.

The friends' network is similar to the former "Buddy List" available in the current system, with additional features allowing you to be alerted to posts, image uploads and blog entries made by those Nikonians who have agreed to be on your friends list.

At the heart of the new interface is a re-designed user profile and menu section, which will automatically transfer your current data to a new user menu that has been upgraded to reflect a host of new background data with current digital imaging and software choices. The profile also updates your ability to specify every category of Nikonians shooting style or specialty interests ranging from Architecture to Wildlife, Portraits, Photojournalism and Underwater Photography (to name only a few).

Palacios-150.jpgNikonians co-founder J. Ramón Palacios (jrp) encourages all members to use this new interface as an opportunity to "catch up" to the current state of photography discussions and information being shared by the community.

"With this new enhanced feature you now have the ability to keep track of the Nikonians members who have been the most helpful to you in your specific requests concerning your camera, your style of photography and your experience level," said Palacios. "In the past ten years this has always been our ultimate goal. It was easy when we had just a few hundred members and there were only a few Nikon cameras and lenses to discuss in less than a dozen forums. Now, with an ever increasing number of members at higher rates, more than 70 forums and a range of Nikon Digital cameras and equipment constantly expanding in size and scope, we have made every effort to add all those variables to the user profiles and your ability to keep track of it all."

The familiar film choices and darkroom information is still there for the veterans and fans of Nikon film photography, but the new profile aggressively helps follow current digital technology trends.

As the world of photography evolves into the world of digital imaging, the choices of favorites and preferences has become so large that an average member could easily lose track of a trusted friend in the community.

request.jpgThe new friends' list function solves that dilemma, allowing each member to seek out their favorite sources of information as well as camaraderie.

Once you ask a member to confirm you as a friend, you will have the ability to check your friends list at anytime and see an update of their discussion thread postings; image uploads to the gallery and discussion threads, comments, blog entries and more.

The key to success with this new profile enhancement and friends' connectivity will be the information contained in your user profile. "That is most important," explained Palacios. "The correct information in your profile helps your friends replying to your messages tailor their answers to your level of expertise, gear and digital lab when applicable."

The migration to the new user-friendly social networking enhanced interface began at 8:00 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time, 4:00 a.m. USA East Coast Time. Current profile data will automatically be transferred to the new look.

The new features are now available by going to your My Profile and My User Menu buttons at the upper right hand corner of any nikonians.org pages (under your username). Check your profile and you will see a large range of new categories available.

Complete details on the new User Menu can be found at the Nikonians Wiki:

Further directions on the New Profile Menu can also be found at the Nikonians Wiki:

Posted by flashdeadline at July 16, 2009 8:55 AM