I’m thrilled to announce the Summer 2014 release of Data.com Connect. In this release we continue to build up our momentum of website and platform innovations. Some of these innovations are obvious and available to all users e.g. the redesigned home page, while others are more targeted e.g. API users will see up to 10x improvement in response times.
Here are some of the release highlights:
Redesigned Home Page and Navigation
Being able to easily find the tools you need to contribute to Connect is key to your success, so we’re excited to launch a visual refresh of the home page. Included in this is a streamlined navigation bar and more onboarding assistance to make it easier for new community members to discover website features and become active contributors more quickly.
We’ve also introduced new badges and made access to your contribution history more straightforward. The more high-quality data you contribute the more quickly you attain higher tiers. The new badges also provide a clearer indication of your status and other members' status as well.
You will notice contact recommendations - personalized based your past purchase history - are now displayed on the home page so you can more quickly discover new business connections.
Point History Enhancements
To give you better insight into your contacts and the points they’re earning, we’ve updated the point history page and added the ability to filter by point type and activity.
Member Profile Enhancements
The member profile page now allows you to find out even more information about the members who have contributed your favourite contacts and companies. In addition to seeing how long they’ve been a member, their tier and contribution quality rating, you can now see how many contacts the member has added or updated, and access those contacts directly from the member’s profile.
Enhanced Fraud Prevention
In every community there are inevitably a few bad apples. To help identify and remove them we’ve introduced new predictive fraud detection technology in this release. This new technology, in addition to the existing current community policing, data stewardship, and automated fraud detection mechanisms, will help prevent fraud from occurring and ensure even better quality crowdsourced business contacts.
For more detailed information on all of the new features and capabilities, please refer to the Release Notes. Also, stay tuned to The Corner for blog posts by our Product Managers, announcing new features and providing tips on making the most of the Connect site.
Data.com Connect is a community site built for you, our community members. Your active participation and feedback is essential to growing the database and keeping the community a thriving and vital resource for all of our members. We’ve created a new discussion board for any questions around the Summer ‘14 release, entitled Questions About The Summer ‘14 Release. If you have product ideas or feedback, please submit new ideas (or vote on existing ideas) in the Member Idea Exchange, join us on Product Advisory Council calls, or sign up to participate in product usability studies and surveys.