The New Lomography.com - Explained

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Got questions? We got answers!

Howdy mates! Thanks for staying with us during the last months of testing and tweaking the site formerly known as beta! Now online for a few days we hope that you are enjoying the new face of Lomography!

Of course, no change this big will ever be easy. We deeply apologize to everyone who feel that they have been left without answers or forewarning to the change and feel that we need to emphasize once more what has happened, what is currently happening and give you guys a little preview of what is still to come!

What has happened

Simply put we have created a new website from scratch. We have designed some new Homes for you to store your Lomographic masterpieces, launched a new online Magazine (with more sections updates on analogue photography than you have ever seen before!) and a new section called Photos (where you can browse hundreds of thousands of photos taken by thousands of Lomographers from around the world!). While the bulk of functions from the old Lomography has been integrated some are still being worked on!

For a short while still – the old pages can still be accessed at old.lomography.com

What is happening

Based on your feedback we have set some priorities among ourselves:

Photos – We have currently started the process of migrating nearly 5(!) million photos from the old site over to the new. Over the next 2 weeks you will see a sharp rise in photos on the page, most of which will be loaded to your homes. We would like to ask you for a little bit more patience, as 5 million photos take some time to transfer!

A bit more information regarding this:

  • The meta data will be migrated
  • All albums will be transfered as they are on the old site, if they were public they will be public, if they are private they will remain private
  • They will be migrated in the same size as they were uploaded.

Piggies – We are aware that it is not as ideal that you have to go to the shop to see how many Piggies you currently have. Rest assured this is a top priority from our team and something will be thought of.

Awards – They will not be lost. Soon you will have your badges shining on your new doorsteps!

Log in – Unfortunately a bug has made logging in a problem for some of you. We are working hard to find the right solution!

Cover page – We have received several suggestions as to how we can improve the layout of the front page. Soon, we will be testing different alternatives and try to figure out which combination works best.

What will soon be happening

In the extensive feedback that we have been given (THANKS!) we have seen that some things are extremely important to you. As soon as we have finalized the aforementioned issues we will begin to work on the following:

Lab – A more user friendly version will be launched in early summer.

Homes – In the near future you will be able to customize your homes in a similar manner to your old homes. With the new lab, new functions in the homes will roll out.

Email notifications – You will soon be getting an email notifying you of any activity that is happening in your homes.

Magazine sections – Much more will soon be happening in the magazine!

Localized version – You will soon be able to visit a totally interlinked version of this website in your own language!

written by lucasjakobsson on 2009-05-11 #news #relaunch #lab #homes #photos #feedback #magazine #questions

44 Comments

  1. abcdefuck
    abcdefuck ·

    wow. lot to do. ;)

  2. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Thanks for this very clear explanation! :))

  3. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    Now we see the light !
    Thanks LSi for the explanations, and the good job...

  4. u-t-e
    u-t-e ·

    Yep, thank you! This clarifies a lot and I'm looking forward to the next few weeks and months of changes!

  5. deff1
    deff1 ·

    Thanks for the update! You are doing great work LSI.

  6. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    keep it up! hopefully the other suggestions/recommendations/concerns will be looked at.hehe

  7. jblaze823
    jblaze823 ·

    Great, thanks for the update, all the hard work is much appreciated

  8. mandashitley
    mandashitley ·

    Thanks for this. You're going to make the lab MORE user friendly? I thought it was pretty damned user friendly. But if it can get better.. why the hell not?

  9. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    You're all doing an awesome job.

  10. dirklancer
    dirklancer ·

    exciting stuff!

  11. ethermoon
    ethermoon ·

    i hope you guys will place the piggies in the front just like how the old site was. so we can update ourselves about it :)

  12. dogma
    dogma ·

    Wow many thanks for all you guys!!!! i have one question. Does minimovie function will be available on the new site?

  13. threemoons
    threemoons ·

    Okay, when I upload new pix to my lab space, they do NOT show up in "unsorted." Rather they show up in my total stream but since they don't show up in unsorted, I cannot get them into albums. So far tech help hasn't been especially helpful. Cmon Lomo if you're going to use your site to try to sell us stuff at least get it working right. :(

  14. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    Lucas, is that you on the pic? :P :) :D

  15. oldskool_rider
    oldskool_rider ·

    woop woop, im excittted!!

  16. raw
    raw ·

    I know you guys are busy, your work is appreciated but I have to say my bit...

    Are we going to be able to turn off certain email notifications but leave others on?

    I had two homes on the old site (R.I.P we miss you) with the same email address, will my pics from they both be sent to my new home? (I Migrated ages ago but changed my name)

    I am always giving friends the lomo web site to check out, I find it hard to direct them to my home and if you search for a home name it does not come up. (This was a problem I found on the old site but I used to tell them to go to my city and search for me through there, but lucky for me there are only three lomogaphers in Monaco...)

    I know its been said but I will add my voice, bring back the wall...

  17. wendalls
    wendalls ·

    Thanks for the info guys :)

  18. juarez
    juarez ·

    Glad to ear that, cause my lomohome disappear and more tan 5 years of great lomos and prizes as been lost in space pixel cosmo between old and new lomo site. aha!
    Waiting for great news!
    Want my lomohome back!
    Juarez(mala)

  19. deng
    deng ·

    Thanks for the update, Cheer up the team :)

  20. 80s_ego
    80s_ego ·

    oh yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaah i lOve this post...
    i was a little bit worried about the future of the old lomohomes...
    thanks sooooooooo much for this explanation!
    have a good day all of you lomographers ;)

  21. rikisamoto
    rikisamoto ·

    Hey, thanks!!

  22. thaiseb
    thaiseb ·

    I hope the upload will be back soon. I've got great pics to post :))

  23. d_i_hunter
    d_i_hunter ·

    Great - loads to look forward to!

  24. threemoons
    threemoons ·

    Okay, this is odd...now I can move stuff around just find. Must have been a migration issue. Either that or I'm loosing my mind.

  25. mandashitley
    mandashitley ·

    Ok this is a new bug for me. Although it might not be because I hardly look at the "albums" page in peoples home. But I just went to r_i_b_u_l's home, clicked "albums" and tried to click the newest album. It just refreshed the albums page (or so I thought) but really it was taking me through the photos of that album, but in the thumbnail of that album from the same albums page. ok that doesn't make any sense, but i don't know how else to explain it??? I tried to go to ribuls home page again, and click photos, click a photo from that album, and then click the album link in the meta data and it took me back to the albums page and did the same thing.

  26. blue-dog
    blue-dog ·

    Is there a way LSi can credit photographers or link to these photographs used in the articles? I would like to see who shot what photographs. For example one of my shots of a pumpkin house was up nearly a week on an article lucasjacobson wrote about suggestion we could make to help make LSI better. Does that seem like something LSI might like to do?

  27. blue-dog
    blue-dog ·

    lucasjakobsson I am sorry spelled your name wrong..on the other post... but like breakphreak; Is that a picture of you or a photo. you shot? So if there were credit we could know more about the photograph. Also I we typed your name; lucasjakobsson, maybe there is a way to keysmart it so it turns into a button link?

  28. honeytrees
    honeytrees ·

    lomomissions?

  29. disdis
    disdis ·

    I hace one question. I've received the message: ""xxx left a message" how can we see that message?

  30. mandashitley
    mandashitley ·

    Please fix the comments problem!! This is craziness!!! Lucky it doesn't do it here in the blog!

  31. treehugger419
    treehugger419 ·

    thanks for the update!

  32. vojta
    vojta ·

    I am very sorry to say this, but the old layout was much nicer, neat, gross, lomo-graphisch! The new one is OK, but it has lost its face ... looks like many other web sites around. Please try to get some goody-old-feeling back! Hopefully the migrations will turn well soon. ... and last but not least, the site is much slower loading than the old ones. Anyway lotta goody work you have done. Still an enthusiast Lomographer from Prague, Vojta ;o)

  33. jimw08
    jimw08 ·

    I've started to get me head around the changes and I'm liking it now. One thing it would be great to get back would be the wall. I miss the impact it had.

  34. magicbus
    magicbus ·

    thanks lsi, finally you let us know what is going on. everybody is very excited.
    unfortunately for me there is still one big question unanswered: will we once have again the great, charming and the LOMOlike album wall view????? i miss this so. only to see a view of pics is boring, i want to see a wall!!! that WAS for me lomo.

  35. zoe191
    zoe191 ·

    me too... i feel the same way as magicbus... lomowall lomowall lomowall. please please please

  36. disdis
    disdis ·

    I have a question... how can I read the messages I receive in my home?

  37. copefan
    copefan ·

    my activity stream is not showing my activity or comments, is this a bug that needs swatting............... Russ

  38. fivedayforecast
    fivedayforecast ·

    Ummm... I can't see any of the comments/likes/wallish posts on my page anymore. They just dissapeared

  39. camerabrain
    camerabrain ·

    yeah...would like to know where contest results are for end is beginning...and what the heck was up with the contest deadline...it was supposed to be 2 weeks and every time I went to check it the deadline had been moved ahead.

  40. bear1973
    bear1973 ·

    My photos have been moved Horray! But now I hav acouple of bugs that perhaps you could sort out.

    1. My activity stream is now empty. Please return my nice comments from other lomographers

    2.The albums on my main page are now out of sequence. i.e all the albums from my old home are showing as my latest albums. Can you change it back so the latest albums are shown first

    3. The key images are not showing, just a seemingly random picture from each album. I think this is a problem that many others are experiencing and you may be aware of it. Sorry for repeating it again.

    Love the new site. Easy to use and a nice interface. Sorry you guys are having a rough time of it in some of the comments. Some people just cannot abide change but I am sure they will all get used to it...eventually!

  41. tattso
    tattso ·

    Nice launch! And great to see Takuji in the photo!

  42. lfuentesp
    lfuentesp ·

    Cheers for the good job!

  43. takezzo
    takezzo ·

    lab section will be like this till early summer? it is such a pain in the arse. but i see the progress. i'm sure we're getting better and better...

  44. mandashitley
    mandashitley ·

    To the last comment... how can you say the lab is a pain in the arse?? It is such a ginormous upgrade from the old lab!

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