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Published 2 years ago with 25 Comments

The 10 most awesome features on Snapzu

I've been using Snapzu for a while, and over that time there has been a lot of cool functionality added to make our lives more enjoyable while on the site. The list below highlights a few reasons for why this place is truly a unique social link sharing experience...

  • The idea to create this snap originated from a self post I published in the /t/lounge tribe titled "10 things you might've not known you can do on snapzu" which asked members to list their go-to functionality that other users might find useful.

    Below is my attempt at listing the most awesome features that snapzu has to offer along with my reasons of why. Please feel free to add to the list by leaving your suggestions in the comments section, if enough people agree about a certain feature I will edit this snap to list it!

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      Visual Magazine-like Front Page

      Concept: Gather all the newest and most upvoted content posted within the community and arrange it into a grid-like visually pleasing central area for users to explore.

      Awesomeness: Images, glorious images everywhere! This is personally the most rewarding way to surf content I have ever experienced! Not only does the page update regularly with new up-and-coming content rising to the top, but the box sizes within the grid tell me what is the most popular. I can choose to select niche topics like "Technology & Web" or "Science & Space" to view in the same fashion as well, which makes things less random.

    • 2 +1

      Leveling System

      Concept: Collect XP (experience points) for contributing and being active within the community.

      Awesomeness: The more active you are the more XP you earn towards your next level. With each subsequent level you earn unlocks that allow you to do more on the site. The awesome part is that as you progress cool stuff happens, and users get to see you as an active and contributing member of the site. This helps to weed out spammers and low contributing members which at the end of the day keeps the site full of quality content.

    • 3 +1

      Reputation System

      Concept: Reputation is a number from 1 to 100% based on the combined score of up votes versus down votes received over a period of time.

      Awesomeness: Although this may seem like a confusing concept, its actually quite simple... If you post good links, create quality content and leave informative and useful comments you're most likely going to earn a heck of a lot of up votes and very little down votes. These "up votes" and "down votes" create a ratio which is then converted into a simple number called "REP". The higher the REP (ie. 85% vs 13%) the more revered the user is within the Snapzu community. This is awesome because it helps members choose the best people to follow and keeps those pesky spammers away. To end on a personal note, it feels damn good to be appreciated.

    • 4 +1

      Tribe Mastery

      Concept: Tribe mastery is a score (0 to 100) that is unique to my activity in each tribe that I am a member of. The more I post content and or comment or vote within a tribe, the higher my tribe mastery becomes.

      Awesomeness: All of my tribes are sorted by tribe mastery so that the ones I am most active in show up on top for quick access. This eliminates the daunting task of having to continuously organize and keep track of the tribes I personally find most engaging.

    • 5 +1

      Self Posts

      Concept: Create a quick text based tribe specific post that functions like a snap but doesn't have all the extra features and expectations associated with it. Self posts are meant for quick discussions, a proper title and text body is all that is expected.

      Awesomeness: Sometimes I feel like posting a quick question, a life experience or need advice on a certain topic. I don't wish to create a link to anywhere because sharing a link is not my intention, writing a blog post or an article is not something I wish to do either. A self post helps me to quickly and effectively engage a community of users in a specific tribe without the need to go further. A great example of a self post only tribe is the /t/lounge tribe where only self posts are allowed.

    • 6 +1

      Content Creation

      Concept: In addition to sharing links, the snap creation functionality allows for the expansion of my snap by letting me add modules that locally host text, images, embeds, lists (like this one) and more.

      Awesomeness: This lets me expand my snap with extra content I feel would be appreciated by the rest of the community. If I post a link, I can include a video or an image or even add additional text or an image gallery. I can also create original content (like this snap) which can be anything I desire like a top list, a blog post or an article I feel like publishing. Having the option to do this and quickly share it with my following is awesome!

    • 7 +1

      Saving posts into my Snapzine

      Concept: I can save interesting content/posts into editions (categories) of my Snapzine (Snapzu magazine) for later viewing, keeping updates on, and sharing with my friends (if I want to).

      Awesomeness: Not only am I able to create my own collections of posts and other awesome content that I can share with friends, but I also receive notifications when someone comments, replies, or in any other way participates on my saved post. Every save I get from the community is a hat tip (and an XP boost) in my direction showing appreciation for my efforts on the site, and I find that awesome.

    • 8 +1

      Following Users

      Concept: I can follow users who's posts interest me so that I can access their feed at anytime.

      Awesomeness: This creates a custom feed based on the most interesting people I have followed which becomes an extremely rewarding experience when it comes to viewing content specifically tailored to me. Those of you who have followed only a handful of users will see very little activity on your home page, I suggest you follow more people to expand your feed.

    • 9 +1

      Multiple Tribes Support

      Concept: Users can post their links into multiple tribes which creates an instance of that post in the tribes it has been posted in. All comments within the snap are shared and votes from all tribes create a general global vote score seen on the front page.

      Awesomeness: I don't need to post the same thing 5 times just to reach the users I feel should see my link, this saves me a lot of time and allows separate tribe communities to come together and discuss a link, as well as expand on it by adding related content. The awesome part is that my link has multiple chances to make it to the front page, and I can even see by viewing the snap where most of the up votes (and down votes) came from. This is super important to helping me choose tribes for future submissions. Another excellent bonus is that my young (still small) tribes get included in snaps that would otherwise only be posted into the larger more broad tribes, this is key to helping smaller more niche tribes to grow and gain a userbase.

    • 10 +1

      Compare Profiles

      Concept: I can compare my profile with any other member on snapzu by going to their home feed and clicking the compare profile button.

      Awesomeness: In a single click I can see important stats like "join date", "reputation", and "level". I can also see the general direction and interests by viewing contribution achievements as well as the tribes they founded. This is invaluable in helping me figure out if they are a contributing member of the community or a spammer/bot with a mission to feed me useless content.

  • If you're reading this it means that you enjoyed the list enough to get to the bottom! Any pins/shares are appreciated, hope the list was helpful to you!

 

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  • doodlegirl
    +11

    Nice list! Thanks for putting it all together for us :)

    • drunkenninja
      +6

      You're very welcome! It was a pleasure and a lot easier than I expected.

  • TentativePrince
    +10

    This is exactly what I needed to find, I'm sorta new here and just getting a hang of it all.

  • gladsdotter
    +9

    Since you can't pin self-posts, I'm happy to have this as a snap, which I can easily find again by pinning it.

    • drunkenninja
      +6

      Although I used the original thread and comments as inspiration, I assure you everything here was made from scratch :) BTW, I appreciate the pin! ;)

  • Gozzin
    +8

    Excellent list..And yes,I am very fond of this site for all those reasons. The cream rises to the top, as they say. I see very little spamming,which is what I definitely appreciate.

    • drunkenninja
      +4

      I think the community does a damn good job weeding out the spammers too, keep your down votes cocked people :)

  • gladsdotter
    +7

    One of the most awesome things for me is all the ways Snapzu allows us to find snaps in topics we're interested in, so that things are not just bookmarked and forgotten. --the search function: you can find snaps by titles and keywords if you don't remember the titles --tags: you can be very specific about assigning keywords to snaps --tribes: you can post a snap in general tribes and very specific tribes. The very specific tribes make it easy to find things on a specific topic --pinups: you can organize snaps of interest to you under your own choice of headings

    • drunkenninja (edited 2 years ago)
      +6

      tribes: you can post a snap in general tribes and very specific tribes. The very specific tribes make it easy to find things on a specific topic

      This is a feature that I find to be extremely important when posting or even searching for snaps.

  • bkool
    +6

    I've really been enjoying the categorized front pages. Especially lately since I haven't had that much time to browse because of work.

    • canuck
      +5

      This. I especailly really like the videos page.

    • drunkenninja (edited 2 years ago)
      +4

      Yep, those are my go-tos for just surfing around in the mornings to catch up on current events. My favs are Science and Space, Tech and Web, News and Headlines and I sometimes creep into the videos area to watch some clips.

  • manfrys
    +5

    Thank you for all informations provided. I'm fall in love with Snapzu it's like reddit on steroids!

  • Chubros
    +4

    Great stuff for the n00bs, but I've been here long enough to know about most of it by now ;)

    • drunkenninja
      +4

      Put your money where your mouth is, list a few you think I should have included but left out :D

  • undone
    +4

    I'm somewhat new around here. It is a little confusing trying to understand how all of snapzu's parts fit together, but it seems to be improving with every release. Some observations:

    * "Tribal mastery" is a weird label. IMO, it doesn't really describe what it is.

    * Replies to my comments should be way more obvious.

    * Why is my "home" house sometimes yellow? I don't know.

    Can you create your own tribes at a certain level? Or is it all predefined?

    And are we snafuians?

    • gladsdotter
      +6

      When you go to http://snapzu.com/undone/tribes/ do you see the option to Create Tribe at the top right? I don't remember at what level that occurs, but I thought it was very early.

      When people reply to your comments, you should get a drop down notification and also see them on your notifications list, the icon on the top black bar that looks like a list. Do you see this reply there?

      I believe that the home house is yellow when you are on the page that clicking the home house takes you to.

      Hope this helps!

      • undone
        +5

        Very helpful, thanks!

        It'd be nice if the message notice had a 1/ 2/ etc. for each reply. It'd be more informative and more obvious.

    • TNY
      +4

      There was once a time when we didn't get notifications to replies. Also, I think the house is yellow when you are on your HOME page (showing your feeds).

    • drunkenninja
      +3

      Yep the concept is definitely getting refined with each release! I believe the term we chose as to what we call ourselves is "Snapzuites" it seems the most fitting, others appear to agree, then again its non official lol.

  • FiveGHz
    +3

    Thank you! I'm new here so to me, that was very informative!

  • culdesacked
    +2

    That was a useful introduction to features.

  • Kakurine
    +1

    Huh, zany. This site is like the mutant offspring of reddit, lockerdome, and pinterest!

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