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Brand-spanking new conversation pages

One of the best things about Bling is that you get to have amazing conversations around products. You ask questions, you get answers, you give your opinions. These conversations around products were scattered around the site, on individual purchases and wishes, and it was really tough to get an idea of what everyone was saying about a specific product. But no more!

Our new product pages show the conversations around products. If you’re looking for a few examples of how these look, check out the page for the iPhone 4S (here’s the brand-spanking new iPhone 5 too), the Kindle Fire or the tremendously popular Garnier’s BB Cream. Now it’s easy to see what people truly think about their purchases and wishes, to see what everyone’s opinion is, and to participate in the discussions.

We hope you like this new feature as much as we do, and keep an eye out for more updates – we’ve been working on some pretty exciting things.

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Facebook Open Graph integration

Open Graph

If you typically share your purchases and wishes on Facebook, you’ll be glad to know that our integration with the Facebook Timeline is now revamped! This means that when you add things to Bling and choose to share on Facebook too, you now get a box on your Facebook profile that looks a bit like the one above. Happy sharing!

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Add to Bling from any site

We’ve been working on a bookmarklet that lets you add to your purchase or wish list on Bling from any site. You can grab it over at our tools page (remember to login first!). You can drag the bookmarklet to your browser’s bookmarks bar, and you’ll get a new “Bling it!” link which you can click on any site in order to add things to Bling. Here’s an example of how it looks:

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As always, let us know if you have any feedback regarding the new bookmarklet or Bling in general. We’re on twitter at @blingapp, and you can always email us at mail@bling.io. Thanks!

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Recommendations, grids and more!

It’s been a few busy weeks since we all rolled into 2012! If you’ve been following the announcements on the Bling sidebar you already know most of this stuff, but here’s a glimpse of what’s new:

Grid: Exploring the timeline, visually

Earlier this week we launched a new way to browse the public timeline. We’re putting it out there as a bit of a test to get your feedback, but anyone can access it just by hitting the new tab on the timeline navigation (or clicking here). Here’s what you see if you do:

Grid

We believe this is a much better way to look at what people are adding. We’re also letting you “like” purchases or wishes straight from this grid too. Let us know what you think about the grid by emailing us or getting in touch on twitter.

Recommendations engine

One of the most interesting things about Bling is that it makes it easy to find out about things you might like. We’re now going a bit further and suggesting things you might like straight from the sidebar too (example: check out items on Bling similar to the Canon 7D by clicking here).

We’re also suggesting people similar to you (and your friends) on any user profile (here’s mine – you’ll notice there’s people similar to me on the sidebar), to make it easier to follow people with whom you might share interests. We think this is going to make Bling even more exciting.

Wrapping up, for now

Here on the Bling team, we’re super excited about these changes, and we hope you are too. Let us know if you have any thoughts on what we’re doing well, or what we’re doing poorly! We’re all ears. Enjoy!

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Just launched: Windows Phone 7 app

Many of you have been using our iPhone and Android apps already. If, however, you were on a Windows Phone 7 smartphone, you weren’t as lucky. But today we have good news – joining our iPhone and Android apps, the WP7 mobile application for Bling just hit the Windows Phone Marketplace. It can be downloaded by clicking here. As always, updated information on all our official mobile apps is available on our mobile apps page. Here’s a video of our new Windows Phone 7 app in action:

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Surprise! Here are our mobile apps.

We’re almost ready to launch. We won’t spill the beans just yet, but we have some great stuff lined up for the near future. But here’s something some of you might love – videos of all our 3 mobile apps, for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 7.

All 3 of these apps are officially coming out within the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out for more details. We hope you’re as excited as we are. ;-)

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Bling for iPhone, Android and WP7

iPhone app

Those of you who’ve been looking at our Twitter stream have probably read at some point that we’ve been working on iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7 apps for Bling. This post makes a recap of what’s happening in that front and tells you how you can get started using the beta versions of these apps right now.

iPhone: Beta versions for the iPhone application have been going out to a handful of testers. The app is now fully functional and ready for more people, so if you want to help with the beta test, visit this page and follow the instructions. We’re hoping to submit the final version to the app store within the next few days, so if you prefer to wait for that, you won’t have to wait for long.

Android: A beta version of our Android app is now available on the Android market, and you can visit this page to install it on your device. Given the breadth of Android models out there, we’re hoping to test this out on a number of devices before putting out a final version.

WP7: We’re working on a Windows Phone 7 app too. There’s no specific release date for this one yet, although work is well underway and we’re hoping to have it on the Windows Phone Market quite soon. Keep an eye out on this blog for further updates.

As always, we can be reached at mail@bling.io if you have any questions or feedback. Thanks!

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Two week recap!

The last couple of weeks since we first launched our private beta have been hectic. Our inboxes have filled up with requests and ideas, praises and bug reports. These are exciting times, and we are genuinely happy right now. I’d love to talk a little bit about the last few things we’ve done in our beta, as a bit of a recap of the last couple of weeks. Consider this a captain’s log:

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A few of the recent changes

  • Better profiles: now you can link directly to your activity, wish list or purchase, which makes it much easier to share any of these pages with your friends.
  • Explore pages: browsing the things people have been adding to bling is now, well, pretty. If you have an account, click here to see the explore pages.
  • People search: Following and finding people is now easier. You can use our search field to find people as well as products – it even autocompletes with people’s names.
  • A better notification system: The new notifications page lets you keep track of what’s happening in your purchases and wishes, as well as what’s happening on the things you like throughout the site. Your notifications are always available at this url.
  • Add photos by URL: Many of you have been asking for a way to add photos to purchases and wishes from an image URL instead of having to upload from your own computer. That’s now available, so check out the updated “Add Bling” form.
  • User bios: You can now add a short bio to your profile, which is shown under your name. In order to change your bio, see your settings page.

There are a lot more changes under the hood in preparation for the launch of a couple of big things we’re about to roll out. Keep an eye on this blog for updates. Those of you who have been asking for mobile apps in order to bling from the road are also in luck – they’re almost here.

As always, let us know if you have any feedback regarding the product, what we’ve been doing, and what we could do better. Email us at any time at mail@bling.io, and check out our twitter account at @blingapp.

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