Hey everyone in the Red Room community,
Did you notice the little "Mailbox" at the top of the screen next to your name where you're logged in?
We rolled out our social and professional networking tool last night, so you can finally invite your Red Room neighbors to connect with you! You can specify what type of connection they are, keep them in an address book, and email them directly through Red Room. I'm so glad we finally got this feature rolled out...it's the number one thing people request.
Figuring out what categories to use (we settled on "Fan," "Red Room Neighbor," "Family," Friend," "Colleague," "School," and "Oh, We've Met" for now), based on what people have told us about what they like or don't like about Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networks and how they do it. Each category has a brief explanation next to the category type so you make the right choice when inviting people.
Please start using this feature today (now?) and email all your feedback to support ("at" symbol) redroom.com, or post comments here--just keep in mind comments posted here last forever, which is why we prefer feedback to be emailed privately and we can make the problem go away. Either way, we want to hear what you like and don't like so we can improve it.
Right now, it's easier to find the new white "add connection" button on the right side of the Member pages than it is on the Author pages, but it's on everyone's page, just scroll all the way down on the right on some Author pages to find it. That button allows you to invite the person whose page you're on to connect with you (you don't press the button on your own page). That button language and its placement will improve, too. This is version 1.0.
Huntington Sharp, our wonderful editor, blogged about it in more detail. But let's get started connecting and sending him feedback, which he will bring to me and the engineering team so we can make improvements.
I hope you love it! I have really been waiting for this.
A few of the things I like about it:
You can say someone is a "Red Room Neighbor" who you enjoy visiting with online but have never met. There's a category for people who want to connect and you can say "Oh, We've Met" which indicates you had a nice conversation in person but really isn't on a par with "Friend." You can adjust the privacy setting to hide your "Family" connections if you want to keep that private. You can note someone is a "Colleague" without meaning you worked together at a specific workplace, since sometimes you never worked directly together at a company. You can include "School" so people know someone could have been a classmate twenty years ago, or a professor, or student, without being forced into using a category for them (like Colleague or Friend) that isn't really accurate. There's a way to connect as a "Fan" that doesn't require the person's permission, for people you don't know but you like them or their work. And you can put people in multiple categories, since most people I know fit into two categories, not one. You can also change what category someone is in.
Another thing we did is made it so you can either accept a request to connect, or decline and ban that person, or just politely ignore it.
We want this to be the very best social networking framework on the web, so please give us the feedback we need to improve it further to get there. We want it to be all the things and give you all the options that mirror real life, and that you wonder why the other sites don't do, so we become your favorite and eventually your primary social network.
We love feedback on features (and on our customer service), so help us get there. Now please start inviting me and each other to be your Red Room Neighbor!
Founder and CEO, Red Room