Connect has been live for several weeks now. We spent only a few days running it concurrently with original Connect, and then Rich slapped redirects in place for the old URLs. It didn’t make much sense to maintain two instances
Traffic, which had dwindled significantly has ramped back up to between 13-15,000 pageviews each week. This isn’t super heavy volume for Connect, which is a good thing as we work out the kinks.
The early analytics show that groups are a big hit. From our experience with Connect a year ago, we’ve always know that groups is the killer feature. That’s why we added them to Mix. People have been asking for Groups since we launched Mix, and now, they’re joining Groups like crazy.
One interesting effect I’ve noticed with groups is that the early ones have been based on affinity, e.g. Apple technology or iPhone or Linux. I noticed a couple of these pop up, so I added a few myself. It’s always interesting to see what your colleagues are interested in, whether technology or hobby or both.
One note that amused me was the formation of an Enterprise 2.0 group. Its membership quickly grew to 60 plus people, but there is very little activity within the group. Ironically, one quarter of the activity was Billy’s snarky comment about my joining the group. After all, I’m not a fan of the term.
My guess is this will be pretty common, i.e. people will join groups and wonder what happens next. We’ve seen this on Mix, and frankly, we have some work to do with the groups UI to make it more useful. RSS helps, and when we roll out email subscriptions and digest emails, that will help too. Still, we need to focus on making the UI better.
Right now, participation isn’t necessary, but once teams try to use Connect for real collaboration and productive work, we’ll want this to be intuitive and easy. I mean more intuitive and more easy.
It will probably be a while before we get a lot of work-related groups started, so we’re huddling in a conference room next week in Pleasanton to brainstorm the design.
If you read here with any regularity, you’ve probably used Mix and are familiar with Groups. What do you think would help the UI design? Stuff to add, ways to make it more engaging for collaboration.
Any other suggestions? Sound off in comments.