I'm really excited to announce that we've added a couple new features to the website. lonelygirl15 and KateModern are "community shows" which means that the community is just as important as the show that we produce. Unfortunately we've had very limited resources this past year, especially as it pertains to technology development and we have focused all of our efforts on producing the show. Happily we've recently hired a full time designer so we've been able to make a couple improvements and there will be more to come. Here's what we just launched:
1) LG15 Chat is back! At some point we'll install an integrated chat solution on the website, but for now you can click the "Chat" link and it will take you to an IRC chat applet where you can create a username and talk about the show. Here's a link for some information about IRC so you can learn how to use it: http://www.irchelp.org/irchelp/faq.html
2) We've upgraded the user profile pages. I had a chat with the top producers of fan videos on LG15 a couple weeks ago and told them that we would be working on the website to make it easier for them to produce fan shows in the LG15 Universe. The new user profile now looks a lot like the homepage of lonelygirl15! When you create a user account on LG15 you can enter your YouTube username (you can also click "Edit Profile" to do this). This will automatically pull in videos from your YouTube account and feature the most recent video on your user profile alongside a widget to scroll to past videos. So... if you want to create a "show," just create an account on YouTube that you will upload all the videos to and then create a new account on LG15 (e.g. "Battlestar"). You can then email this link around to your friends or share it on the site. We are very interested in seeing more fan shows and will promote them on our website in a variety of ways.
3) Finally I just want to plug the LGPedia http://www.lg15.com/lgpedia. The LGPedia is a 100% fan-updated encyclopedia about the LG15 Universe. It needs your help to grow! If you want to write articles or contribute, please contact Zoey http://www.lg15.com/lgpedia/index.php?title=User:Zoey.
I can't overemphasize how important the interactivity and the community is to this show. You're going to see a lot more character and show interactivity in the next couple months and we will be working to improve the website. Thanks everyone!
Thursday, November 8, 2007