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Public Launch of Community

We're planning to open our little community up to the world at large next Tuesday, 9/9. Thanks so much to everyone who's joined so far for all of your suggestions and bug reports—and for just generally making yourselves at home here. I've been working on a number of things since the Beta launch. Here's a preview of what's coming with the public launch next week:

* A new look — including a login block on every page, so you don't have to go back to to log in all the time!

Find Them Before They Find You

Genuine, red-blooded American User Search is finally done and available from the menu at top. It's labelled "User Search." It searches almost everything on a user's profile page--city/state, interest tags, text, even user notes. The only thing it doesn't search is which stores a user is a fan of. I could probably lump that in, too--any interest in that?

Kids' Indie Next List, Get Directions!

The Kids Indie Next List debuts today, no thanks to a bizarre Safari quirk that held things up a bit. Anyway, the Kids' List is one of my favorite things we put out here, so I'm excited to see it making its IndieBound debut. It's a great shopping resource for the young'uns in your life, or (if you're like me & Paige) just a great way to keep up with what's going on in the world of children's publishing.

New Map Icons, Auto-FAN

Couple of neat updates today:

* New Map Icons - Our new map icons are here, and while the Indie Store Finder still needs a few more tweaks, you can now see different markers on the map for each business type listed on our site. We hope to add more markers as we add more business categories!
* Add a store, become a fan - Now you can (optionally) become a fan of a store automatically when you add it. This option is checked on by default, but you can check it off if you like. You'll find it at the bottom of the Add a Store page.

Updates: Notifications Settings, User Search Coming

Email Notifications

Now you can receive email notifications whenever someone leaves a note on your profile or replies to a comment you've posted. All existing community members have been grandfathered in. If you don't want to receive these email notifications, you can now change your notification settings under "Account Settings" on your profile page. You'll find three new options under "Contact Settings":

Matt's Blog

I thought it would be a good idea to keep a blog about how the community—and the website in general—are developing. If this is a subject that interests you, then, buddy, have I got a blog for you.

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