As this year is coming to an end, I’d like to give you a brief update on what the Walls.io development team has been working on for the past few months. Speaking of the team, I’ve got some great news to share! We’ve recently been joined by Markus Sonderegger, who’ll be responsible for DevOps & scaling our product. We are happy and excited to have him on board, so say ‘hello’ to Markus on Twitter or follow him on Github! 🙂
Walter – The FB Messenger Chatbot That Posts to Your Social Media Wall
Back in October our team went on a mini-retreat / hackathon – and came back with Walter, our Chatbot that lets users post to your Social Wall through Facebook Messenger! Since then, several of our customers have been using Walter on their events’ & conferences’ social walls, with great success! Turns out posting through a chatbot is probably the quickest, easiest way to publish photos, video or just plain text to a wall. And since it works so fast, and without entering a complicated URL, it’s great fun too! 🙂 Don’t believe me? Add Facebook Messenger as a source and talk to Walter (https://m.me/TalkToWalter)!
New, Responsive Moderation Interface!
We’ve touched on the importance of moderating spam & abusive content on your social wall in some recent posts (4 Ways to Ensure Smooth Sailing for Your Social Media Campaign and How to Survive Your First Hashtag Hijacking). So it just made sense for us to walk the talk and improve Walls.io’s moderation interface – voila!
The new moderation interface has been re-designed from the ground up with clarity and simplicity in mind. All post-specific actions like hiding/showing a post, (un)blocking a user (new!) and highlighting a post are now found in one place. The tab filter on the top allows to filter for visible or hidden posts, and attached images are displayed much larger than before. But the real highlight: moderation is now 100% responsive! Using your smartphone to moderate at a live event is now not only possible but actually a joy! 🙂
Better Sharing Images for Your Wall!
Sharing your Wall on social media is more fun with a great sharing image! While you were able to upload a custom sharing image in your Wall’s settings for a while, we are now automatically generating a screenshot of your Wall which is used for sharing as a fallback. Doesn’t it look nice? 🙂
The screenshot is updated regularly, in case you wonder what happens when you change your theme or customize your design. Oh, and while we were at it, we also added support for Twitter Cards, to make sharing your wall on Twitter even nicer! 🙂
Zoom in on Posts with Style!
Finally, we’ve re-designed the detail view of posts just this week! Just click on a photo or video post on your Wall and see yourself! The new detail view makes better use of available screen real estate, displays text in a larger, more readable font and is generally just looking awesome! 😉 We hope you agree!
Wow, sometimes we only realize how much has been going on product-wise when writing a retrospective blog post! 🙂 We’ll be spending most of what little remains of this year working on some “behind the curtains” stuff. But, it wouldn’t be the Walls.io team, if there wasn’t a more “public facing” reason for this work! 🙂 So stay tuned, we have some pretty big exciting news coming up soon!