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Fewer people viewing Gigapans
Nathan Wong Nathan Wong
Total Posts: 22

I don’t know if it’s just me, but it appears that since the Gigapan website was changed that fewer people seem to be clicking and viewing Gigapans.

A few months ago when I looked at the most recent Gigapans there were at least 1 or 2 views, if not more, every day for almost every panorama. Today I went through 8 pages of panoramas and every single one of them had 0 views. It wasn’t until halfway down the 9th page was there some views. I wonder if the site change did that since it requires Adobe Flash or if it’s just because people aren’t as interested any longer? I guess only the people at Gigapan know for sure.

Jason Buchheim Jason Buchheim
Total Posts: 86

Hi nathantw,

The problem is that it is too hard to get to MOST RECENT, it used to be at the top, one click away- now its almost non-findable to the unacquainted user.

To find it requires all these steps: click on ‘View’ (have to choose between Gigapans, Galleries, Competitions, Snapshots), OK, user chose the right option, now the viewer MUST see the ‘MOST POPULAR’ by default (these will now ALWAYS be the ‘MOST POPULAR’ as they are the only ones shown by default). Now, to find ‘MOST RECENT’ a user has to know to click on ‘MOST POPULAR’ and switch it to ‘MOST RECENT’ in the search bar (and nothing happens) because then the user must know or find to click on the search magnifier glass all the way over to the right. That is 4 unintuitive steps and there is never a direct link to ‘most recent’.

Nobody is looking at the most recent GigaPans anymore, but there are plenty of people looking at the ‘most popular’. A viewer really has to go out of their way to find ‘MOST RECENT’ stream.

Gigapan.org, please consider adding a link in the menu, under view, that would take people directly to ‘MOST RECENT’ without having to go through the search interface and all these steps, or, preferably, put a direct link back up at the top to ‘MOST RECENT’ like there used to be.

Viewing the most recent Gigapans was always my favorite part of visiting, and it rewards the panorama creators with some exposure. Really, ‘MOST RECENT’ are ‘MOST IMPORTANT’ as it rewards people to create content. If they are never viewed, why bother?

I suppose this new method emphasizes the content that is already created, so be sure to categorize and tag your content well so that it can be found in searches.

Cheers

Jason

The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" The Gigapanogra...
Total Posts: 108

I agree that the new home page does not make it easy to find new stuff. I’d go further and say that it doesn’t encourage browsing. I think there needs to be less space given to hype and more space given to thumbnails of gigapans so that newcomers can immediately get a flavour of what is on offer.

I don’t want to sing my own praises, but I use the tools I wrote and put up at http://www.kilgore.org.uk/cgi-bin/surfing/surfe… and every time I use the “Show random gigapans” I find something that amazes me.

661

Jason Buchheim Jason Buchheim
Total Posts: 86

I agree a ‘RANDOM’ GigaPan would be great. I also really miss the easy access to the ‘MOST RECENT’, I truly am interested in what other people are making and posting, I always thought it was the most egalitarian part of Gigapan – not everyone can have a ‘most popular’ Gigapan, but you can be right at the top for a short while with ‘MOST RECENT’, now no more.

661, I think your mashup pages are awesome! A great way to discovery new Gigapans and presented very nicely too. Browsing and meandering among GigaPans is what is needed. We need more tools to make this easier.

I would propose Gigapan.org make a ‘labs’ section where people like you and I can share our mashups with others in a manner under the gigapan.org domain so that there are not any license issues with the content creators. Kind of like the old Google labs, how about http://labs.gigapan.org ? Gigapan would get free labor and great code out of us and end users could try new things, and as it would be a ‘beta’ lab, it would not have the expectation of perfection.

Kevin Kevin
Total Posts: 91

These are great suggestions, and thank you. I’ll see what we can do to get these on the next schedule. If you would like to send us other suggestions please feel free to submit a General Inquiry under Contact Us at the bottom of the page.

Nathan Wong Nathan Wong
Total Posts: 22

I just rechecked and there’s now a dedicated area for Recent Gigapans. We just need to clock on “View” (not one of the options that pops up) scroll down the page a little instead of looking at the top menu bar for a button there’s a section that says Recent Gigapans.

Thanks for doing that.

Phil Hotten Phil Hotten
Total Posts: 21

While the changes that nathanw mention do help, it is still not easy to find the most recent button.
Jasons point is still valid. I used to enjoy going to the site and “one clicking” the most recent and browsing. All the current setup is doing really is making the most popular more popular.

There are a few nice things about the new site but in truth not many. I do not feel encouraged to put my new gigapans up so have tended to keep them on my computer.

Phil Hotten Phil Hotten
Total Posts: 21

661 thanks for sharing your code it is great. I can see myself wasting loads of time going through the ramdom ones

Nathan Wong Nathan Wong
Total Posts: 22

Phil, I agree that there really isn’t much motivation or incentive to create/post new Gigapans if nobody is really going to see them. I enjoyed creating Gigapans to be shared and it was a fun “challenge” to see if we could get the “interesting” count up. The way the site is set up now, well, who cares? Unless it was the most popular Gigapan nobody will ever really see your posts.

Angelko Krstanovic Angelko Krstano...
Total Posts: 103

Yes, the most recent GigaPans should be more visible, and more easily accessible. A fix is in the works.

Tim Smith Tim Smith
Total Posts: 8

I ended up creating a link in my shortcuts to the most recent pans and bypassng the default landing page. Only a personal fix though. It would be nice to see see a page of most recent shot thumbnails or some kind of brief summary.

tiga tatton tiga tatton
Total Posts: 1

I have the same complaints as above, but also wonder how search engines, say google.com, consider gigapan titles, tags, and descriptions as results for searches. Seems there would be more hits if gigapans were considered higher for search results.

Yes, a random button, a most recent button, and I am sure a few others would be nice to have easy access to. Who does the useability studies for these websites?

Photosynth.net is another panorama site that seems to get very few hits, but I like the setup there with no minimum size that allows small panoramas. Gigapan and Photosynth both allow better viewing of panoramas compared to Flickr (which limits to 20MB anyway).

Glen David Short Glen David Shor...
Total Posts: 50

I agree with the above.. gigapan org needs to allow recent gigapans get more exposure. One extra click – for visitors new to the site – loses a lot of hits.

Joel  Baldwin Joel Baldwin
Total Posts: 3

And the order of “Recent” Gigapans needs to to be based on when the upload is FINISHED, not when it STARTS.

I just finished a big upload that took 3.5 days. This Gigapan didn’t appear until the upload was finished, but when it DID appear it was so many pages back that no one has found it. The only views of it are my own.

Phil Hotten Phil Hotten
Total Posts: 21

Tim, most often the simple ideas are the best ones. Thanks for the idea, I have now done the same.


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