Feeds, Tags, Today, Navigation, Collections
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Starting today, we’re testing a series of new features on the site.  These features are currently available to many of our Beta Testers, as well as small handful of the general deviantART audience. #deviantartupdate 


Today

When art news happens around the world, deviant artists are among the first to respond in the most evocative ways possible. We're proud to unveil the Today page — the new human and dynamically powered newspaper for the community that reflects the stories inside of deviantART as they pertain to art, fandom, pop culture, and world culture.

Designed to showcase a variety of content — including editorial pieces, Journals, contests, and even deviants new to the site, the Today page will reflect the undercurrent of what's happening now — both online and off.

The Today page will improve the accessibility of various areas on deviantART, creating new and easier ways for both our logged-in and logged-out audiences to enter the deviantART experience.


Read more from techgnotic and our Content team: About the Today page


We’d like your feedback: The purpose of the Today page is to inform you what’s happening, today, on deviantART!  We’ll be updating its content daily, and want to know if it’s enhancing your deviantART experience.  If so, how?  Tell us what’s working!  If not, what would you like to see on the Today page?  How can we make it better?


Navigation

The new navigation will make it easier to jump in and explore the full range of deviantART. Everything related to Your Account will be grouped together on the right side of the page. Undiscovered and What’s Hot will be separated from Browse and Search to highlight and more clearly reflect their functions. The Browse bar will scroll down the page with you.


The more menu, which was previously available next to the deviantART logo on any page, has been cleaned up and moved to a more prominent location. We’ve often received feedback that the previous placement of the menu was too hard to find, and its contents overwhelming. We’ve removed items from this menu that are duplicated in other menus of the navigation, or easily accessible from one of them.


For users who prefer the Stick Menu option, it remains available, but has been relocated to your Settings page.


When viewing deviations on the Browse page, the secondary navigation and left sidebar will travel as you scroll, so that other pages can easily be accessed regardless of where the viewer is on the page. With endless scrolling on Browse pages, having the navigation readily available can be handy if you’re deep into a browse experience.


Daily Deviations, which now have infinite scroll, have been added to this secondary header as well.

Newnav by danlev


Activity Feed (Beta)

As we designed our upcoming Mobile app, we understood we needed something more streamlined and direct to carry the flow of what you want to watch. The Activity Feed aggregates activity from deviants you watch, including Journals, deviations, Collections, Status Updates, Polls, Forum threads and Critiques.


The Activity Feed lets you easily interact and comment on artwork and content shared by your watchers. Keep in mind, we love the robust tools in the Message Center and it's not going away.


If an item is removed from your Message Center, it will also be removed from your Activity Feed. You can customize what appears in your Activity Feed by editing your Manage Friends settings for specific deviants.  (These settings apply to both the Activity Feed and the Message Center.)

Status Updates

The Activity Feed comes with a new way to easily communicate with your watchers: Status Updates! You can use Status Updates to post quick personal updates, share a work in progress or your commission status, share the work of an artist you like, talk about current events, ask your watchers for advice, share what inspires you, or just talk about how you’re feeling.  Whatever you’d like!

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 11.47.31 AM by danlev

Tags

Tags create landing pages around topics — making it easier to discover related artwork, bringing together artists and art appreciators, and forming communities around common interests. As deviantART grows and creates new ways to discover great content, we believe tags will play an important role in better surfacing artwork.


You now have the ability to tag your deviations and Collections. Tags added to your deviations will be publicly viewable -- this is a change from the previous use of keywords, which were private. Visitors can learn about your work by viewing how you tagged it, and can find more works by you and other deviants based on tags. Tags can also be used in comments, Status Updates, Journals, and Collections.


Important: Keywords added to existing deviations before tags launched will not display publicly unless you approve them using the new Tag Editor, which can also be used to add and edit tags on your existing deviations in bulk. Tagging your deviations and collections will improve their visibility across the deviantART network. Tagging is a crucial part of discoverability and will help your work find the audience that will appreciate it most!


Tag pages display artwork, Journals, Collections, Status Updates, and a stream of activity around a shared theme. You can also find a list of deviants who are frequently using that tag, to connect with other people who share your interests.


Get started now! Read our tagging guide and use the Tag Editor to approve tags on your deviations.

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 2.10.20 PM by danlev


Collections

You can also now watch Collections made by other deviants. When you watch someone, you’ll automatically be watching all of their Collections -- but you can also choose to enable or disable watching Collections on a deviant-by-deviant basis. Collections are surfaced through the Activity Feed, creating a new way to discover and expose artwork on deviantART.  


Art curators are among the unsung heroes of deviantART, and with these new changes, we’re now surfacing Collections on deviation pages, allowing you to discover curations of artwork that include a specific deviation.

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Test it out!

We encourage you to test these features over the next week, and let us know your thoughts once you've had a chance to integrate the new experience into your deviantART routine.  We're confident these changes will improve your deviantART experience!

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sakuretta94's avatar
Ciao! Sai dirmi se c'é un numero massimo di tag che può essere utilizzato?
JoseJPowers's avatar
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TavalyaRa's avatar
TavalyaRaHobbyist Writer
Does watching collections only appear in the feed? I'd be interested in something for the message center, but I have no desire to use the watch feed unless I can somehow set it to only show collections- however, from what I've read so far, it seems like changes apply to both the feed and message center. How is this creating a new, useful tool then?
danlev's avatar
No, Collections only appear in the Watch Feed.
TavalyaRa's avatar
TavalyaRaHobbyist Writer
I think I could get used to using and even enjoying the Watch Feed for that, but I really would like the option of configuring the feed independently of the message center.
shaharaj's avatar
shaharajHobbyist Digital Artist
Er... this tag system... will it be implementing spaces like #man on fire or do we have to do #manonfire?

....*hits preview* Oh. Ew. I guess key words aren't a thing anymore?
LaPurr's avatar

For crying out loud...

I find it ridiculous that someone at dA has decided that all uses of the symbol # will now be regarded a link. Whoever thought of that for use in journals really wasn't thinking clearly. IMO. How am I supposed to number anything?

This is vastly annoying and, frankly, rather stupid. Again, IMO.

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ShinavarProfessional General Artist
Someone reported it as a bug and it was agreed that was a problem that is getting looked into. What I hope they do is allow us to choose if it's a tag or not. (Kinda like how we can now choose if a thumb is a link or not). I know it's not much but I hope that helps a little bit. :)
InsomniaDoodles's avatar
InsomniaDoodlesHobbyist General Artist
Hey, that's a great idea! ^^
lilrebelart's avatar
lilrebelartProfessional Digital Artist
I don't see any updates? How do I try them out?
InsomniaDoodles's avatar
InsomniaDoodlesHobbyist General Artist
These features are currently only available to a few beta testers and a handful of regular users. There is no way to try them out unless you buy a premium and become a beta tester. Even then, there is a chance that these updates will still be unavailable for you.

These features will eventually be released to the public, but I have no idea when that will be.
lilrebelart's avatar
lilrebelartProfessional Digital Artist
Ah, okay, thank-you!
InsomniaDoodles's avatar
InsomniaDoodlesHobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! ^^ 
Now that everyone has access to the new features, I hope you enjoy them! :la: 
Feel free to contact me if you need any help getting around. 
lilrebelart's avatar
lilrebelartProfessional Digital Artist
 I do very much. And will do! Thanks once again :hug: 
InsomniaDoodles's avatar
InsomniaDoodlesHobbyist General Artist
Any time! ^^
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JetxwaveluvaProfessional Artist
:iconfacehoofplz: This sucks. Bring the old back.
AP3RTUR3's avatar
AP3RTUR3Hobbyist Photographer
Hey, where is the credit for the DD ( ap3rtur3.deviantart.com/art/fa… ) providing the idea for watching collections. :( (Sad) 
LimLam's avatar
LimLamHobbyist Digital Artist
No thanks
meltytoast's avatar
Looking forward to this!
MrMelodyCold's avatar
great now its tumblr ¬¬ (i hate tags)
the functions 50% ok
but i still hate the new interface.
ItsNotFilia's avatar
ItsNotFiliaHobbyist General Artist
Oh by the way! I can't seem to be able to search by keywords anymore. :saddummy:

Though I expect that to be a side effect of the fact that they had been replaced by tags, will there be a replacement for "keywords:", or will its functionality be upated to enable it to work with the tags?
BloodyWilliam's avatar
BloodyWilliamHobbyist Digital Artist
why are you smooshing all of the personal account navigation to the upper right?? that's one of the main things i use!
PoruPai's avatar
PoruPaiHobbyist General Artist
I would like to know how come da on my computer wouldn't update..I have windows 7 and the latest google chrome, and would really like to try the new features.
ItsNotFilia's avatar
ItsNotFiliaHobbyist General Artist
At this stage, only some users can test these features (mainly beta testers and such); they're not released for everybody, yet.
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