Welcome to Rappler 3.0.
It’s been just over two years since our site went live and 7 months since we dropped beta. Today we’re rolling out a new and improved design that looks better, loads faster, and makes it easier to discover new stories.
This new site was redesigned from the ground up and is optimized to provide the best Rappler experience regardless of platform. Rappler 3.0 will look and work great whether you’re on a desktop, tablet, or smartphone.
SMARTER MOOD METER
At the core of the Rappler experience is our patented user engagement model with the Mood Meter at its center and the Mood Navigator as the aggregator.
More than just another reaction button, the Mood Meter is a crowdsourcing initiative that, over time, provides us with better insight into how emotions affect the way people think and act.
In Rappler 3.0 we’ve made the Mood Meter smarter and more intuitive. Does a story inspire you? Click on the “Inspired” bubble to vote. Spark a conversation by sharing your vote with your social media followers or start a discussion in the comments section. And while you’re feeling Inspired, the site will serve up a listing of other inspiring stories for you to peruse.
We’re also introducing a new feature called Top In Moods that lists stories with the most number of votes sorted by mood – stories that make the most number of people Happy, Sad, Amused, Angry, Afraid, Annoyed, Inspired, or Don’t Care.
The Mood Navigator has also been improved to mirror the same functionality. You can now filter stories by emotions. Don’t want a depressing story to ruin your Happy day – use the Mood Navigator to find only Happy stories.
DESIGN & NAVIGATION
While content remains king, at Rappler we believe that how a site looks and works is integral to a user’s experience. With that philosophy in mind we took our redesign seriously, cutting down on design elements and refining the layout to maximize the use of your screen real estate while giving each page enough space to breathe.
Like the pages of a good book, Rappler 3.0 allows you to focus on what matters, so you can get lost in the story you’re reading. For a truly immersive multimedia experience, photos and video now stand out on a page, illustrations and other supporting content are inline. And when you find yourself wanting more, we’ve made it easier for you to find interesting content.
As you scroll down on any page on the site our mega-drop-down menu now follows you, allowing you to dive into the latest story from any or all of your favorite sections. Flip through our new latest news ticker which has thumbnails to make it easier to spot exactly what you’re looking for. Or pick from most discussed or most read stories.
We’ve also made it easier to find stories by author. You can now click on an author’s byline to see a list of his or her recent stories. When available, you can also follow a reporter or writer on Twitter, or read his or her Rappler profile.
Because of the ground-up approach we’ve taken with this update, the responsive design we introduced back in August 2013 is also much improved – making it even easier to use Rappler on smartphones and tablets. Users can now dig into categories and sub-categories from the menu bar on the top left-hand side of their devices. We’ve also optimized for touch screens, making sharing buttons bigger and rethinking the mobile implementation of the Mood Meter.
The responsive design of Rappler 3.0 is meant to give you the best viewing experience depending on your device or screen resolution of preference. For example, notebook and desktop computer users using their computer’s zoom function to get larger fonts will view the site in tablet mode.
In this update we introduce even more ways to share – on our home page, users can now hover over thumbnails to access new sharing options. We’re also making it possible to share The wRap, a daily executive summary of the day’s biggest stories you shouldn’t miss.
With Rappler 3.0 we’re also introducing user profiles. Sign up to be a member of the Rappler community and use your profile when commenting, participating in crowd-sourcing initiatives, and soon earning points and rewards.
BETTER BUT STILL IMPROVING
This is just the beginning of an even better news and action site that works just the way you want it to. Over the course of the next few months, our team will be busy ironing out the kinks of this new user experience. We’re also already working on the next update with even more features, which we hope to roll out soon.
We want you to be a part of this process. Take Rappler 3.0 for a spin today and let us know how we can improve the site by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. — Rappler.com
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