As you enjoy Glue, we’re working hard to make it even better. Don’t get jealous, but we’re already testing the new version! I thought I would share a sneak peak at the new bar!
The bar is much smaller (60% of the previous size). There is my new favorite feature - the big thumbs down. The Yellow and Blue outlines are gone, and have been replaced with clear thumbs-up and comment icons. It’s now easy to see how many people and friends like the item - this was an often requested feature.
On the right-hand side of the new Glue bar (not visible in the image) are items that are similar to what you’re looking at and an easy way to see suggestions. This is still a work in progress and our designer Jason has already changed a few details.
The tooltips currently live on GetGlue will be included in the new Glue bar. How cool is that? The tooltips automatically bring relevant info to you. If you’re on Netflix or Wikipedia you’ll able to see the movie’s trailer. You can also read reviews, buy it, see images, and so on.
Update: Here’s a screenshot that shows the new search functionality. Enter the name of an item and easily access the object’s page on Glue - showing you friend reviews, links to the best on the web, and similar items for the object.
We are hoping to release the new Glue very soon, but if you can’t wait, and are interested in beta testing, just leave your Glue username below!
The integration highlights Random House’s understanding of how reader’s want to interact with books on the web. For reader’s, the integration means a web-wide book experience when they visit any given book on Random House’s website.
About the Integration
Any Glue user who visits a book’s page on Random House’s website will see the Glue bar appear, showing friends and recent people who have visited the book on popular book sites across the web.
Any visitor to a book’s page on Random House’s website - regardless of whether or not Glue is installed - can access Glue via:
the Discuss This Book link that’s present in the left-hand sidebar
the Get Glue banner within the bookmark, share & shelve section
Access the web-wide book network: Individuals can see what their friends think of the book they’re looking at on randomhouse.com, regardless of the site their friends visited the book on.
Join the web-wide book conversation: Visitors to randomsehouse.com can read and reply to comments that were left on popular book sites around the web.
Take web-wide book actions: With a single click from Randomhouse.com individuals can find the book for sale on their preferred online book retailer and save or share it to their social network.
Benefits to Random House:
Increased user engagement: Glue surfaces the social activity from popular sites around the web directly on Randomhouse.com pages. Visitors can network with friends and benefit from trusted reviews and social discovery.
Improved browser experience: Visitors to Randomhouse.com can now, with a single click, access the book’s page on popular retail and social networking sites across the web.
Increased quantity and quality of traffic: Individuals on contextually relevant third-party sites can discover Randomhouse.com’s pages via direct links that are associated with friends.
We enjoyed working closely with the Random House team to make the integration happen. We look forward to the benefit that Glue’s integration on randomhouse.com will bring to reader’s.
We hosted a meetup today at our office, where Mark Tabry, our engineer, talked about our usage of Amazon Web Services. If you are interested in Amazon Web Services or how Glue works, its worth watching the video / flipping through the slides.
Below is the UStream video of the presentation and the slides:
Below is the video of the talk that I gave at the Semantic Web Meetup at Hearst a few weeks ago. The video covers demo of Glue, AdaptiveBlue Semantic Technologies Stack and AB Meta. Huge thanks to Marco Neumann for organizing the meetup and putting up the video. Also thanks to Mike Dunn for letting us present at the awesome Hearst theater.