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text 2015-07-02 12:41
BookLikes revolution launching now - Feel Invited! BookLikers share tips & tricks for newbies

There's been plenty of revolutions out there and it's high time to start our own. Now it's time for social revolution on BookLikes! Are you in??!? 


Last week was a milestone for our team, we've announce the farewell of Thursday's releases on BookLikes (if you've missed the post, click here) but promised not to leave you empty handed. And we won't. Our brains work on the highest level, our mugs get never-ending coffee refill, and the office fridge gets frightfully empty (it is true that brain work strengthens appetite!).


Our excitement peaked when we spotted how supportive and devoted to BookLikes cause you are! We can't thank you enough for your constructive criticism, enthusiastic moves and creative initiatives. The power of community, BookLikes community, is genuine and amazing. Remaining in high spirits, we'd like to introduce you and remind about the initiative that popped up several days ago thanks to group of trending bloggers on BookLikes.


The outcome of this common drive is a discussion group Find New BookLikes Blogs To Follow set up by Hunger For Knowledge.



Hunger For Knowledge writes in the group description:

Find new people to follow, let new people to find you.

This group is dedicated to finding new people to interact on BookLikes.

This is a group for everyone and anyone. This is a result of good community and great teamwork. Let's connect. (go to the group)



The group is open for all welcoming BookLikes newbies, rising up bloggers, regular and part time BookLikes members, authors, publishers -- long story short, all book lovers on BookLikes. Feel invited to join, share your ideas, show your stand, interact with our team and other bloggers. Show yourself, discover and be discovered. 


The discussion threads are divided into several sections giving you the opportunity to give the shout out to other bloggers, meet international personalities, share your brainstorms in the Think Thank discussion, and share your advices and suggestions.



We've spotted some cool suggestions for BookLikes newbies

in the Think Thank section, have a look:



Familiar Diversions:


- Check out the "Hot Reviews" and "New and trending" sections on the Explore page. Those are good places to find active bloggers.

- Add books to your shelves. I don't know about others, but one of the first things I do when I'm considering whether to follow someone who's followed me or who has commented on/liked one of my posts is to check what they've read and how they've rated it.

- Comment on posts. Don't be shy. :)


Charmingly Euphemistic:


To find people to follow: Pick a book you adore (preferably a kind of obscure one) and go look at the blogs of people who reviewed it.


If they read stuff you like and post stuff you want to read, follow them.



Char's Horror Corner:


Commenting on posts is how I've found most of the people I follow.

One of the first things I look at when I'm considering whether or not to follow someone is their shelves. Empty shelves will almost always make me click off and be on my way, without following.

If the shelves are stocked, I will poke about to see if I agree with the blogger's ratings, or I will see if they have read or are reading books that I'm interested in-if they are. I'm followin'. :)


Where to find more blogs to follow?


If you're looking for new bloggers to follow visit Explore page (under review now, some changes coming), Book Catalog page (go to book pages to look through reviews and shelves), Reading lists (in Apps), Book clubs and discussion groups, including the new one Find New Booklikes Blogs To Follow sections with heated discussions by BookLikes members.


Here are some rising up bloggers worth your attention,

you can also spot more in the Shout-out for Newbies discussion:


View blog & follow if you like it


View blog & follow if you like it


View blog & follow if you like it 


View blog & follow if you like it


View blog & follow if you like it 


View blog & follow if you like it 


View blog & follow if you like it



You can also use the Compare books option which will show you how compatible the blogger with your reading taste is. To compare the shelves go to the blogger's blog and click the stats icon or go to Apps in the main menu and choose Compare books tab. 


View blog & follow if you like it


View blog & follow if you like it


View blog & follow if you like it



View blog & follow if you like it



View blog & follow if you like it



View blog & follow if you like it



View blog & follow if you like it



View blog & follow if you like it



The BookLikes team is always here to listen to your suggestions and react to any hiccups in the service.



If you'd like to share your ideas or you'll notice something we should know about, drop us a line or leave a post in the official BookLikes discussion group threads: Feature requests or Bug reports.


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text 2015-06-28 23:22
HFK's campaign to get us to follow new people?

I've added exactly 60 new Follows since last Sunday.


so, YAY!


of course, it takes me longer to get through my Newsfeed now, but I'm getting even more, and more interesting, book news and opinions.  Love it.



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text 2015-06-24 18:35
Goodbye Thursday release: bigger & better changes are coming our way

Thursday used to be 'the day' on BookLikes. Each week, we have been releasing a new feature for our users that was in a great matter based on the feedback you had provided. This has helped the platform to evolve over these past few years. THANK YOU for all the time and effort you have given in!


As a result of numerous heated discussions and some serious brainstorming, here at the BL hub, we have decided that there will no longer be any more, let them rest in peace, Thursday releases. Instead, we are moving on towards bigger & better, simply more efficient service.


However, changes like that need research and serious thinking through (blackboard drawing, shouting, loads and loads of coffee drinking, coding, but yes, planning first) and that means keeping up with new releases every Thursday will not be possible. This time, we want to introduce a simultaneous uplift to the whole platform. 


This does not mean an overnight revolution and will take good few months to deliver. We now must put all the efforts into making what we got more compatible and focus on the User Experience.


We want more of Your support


revolutionIt must be some sort of a true connection (and sorry everybody, but this is a little creepy, isn't it?), a few days ago our users have started a think tank amongst them selves that would tackle their user experience issues on BookLikes.


This is a truly amazing initiative and you made us want to work harder and do things better. This is a true power of the feedback we have been always talking about! We will be using your discussions and ideas to improve some of the main BookLikes features.


Expect us to lurk through stuff you write in your discussions over the improvement and throw some (possibly weird) questions, from time to time.


The fact that, we will now concentrate on this major refurbishment does not mean we won't assist in bug fixing and user support. We are here to amend any errors that might occur (or already had). You know how to contact us, also the bug discussion is being checked on a daily basis, so report any problems same as usual.



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