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May 2014 Keeping it Rolling Update

This is our first monthly Keeping it Rolling Update post, which now puts us on the hook for delivering every month.

The intent is to give insights to our immediate past and future release updates for both SocialEngine PHP and SocialEngine Cloud, in addition to giving a peek into priorities we are working on, things happening around the office, and any other stuff worthy of sharing.

A Short Recap of Our May (in chronological order)

  • Kyle’s singing and songwriting talent got him an onscreen performance in the CW show Heart of Dixie. Okay, that was in April, but too cool to leave out.
  • Jason traveled to China to build a business relationship that could bring cool communities to SocialEngine. We provided him with a GoPro, but 90% of the footage we got back was of his feet walking around the streets of Hangzhou.
  • James was the officiant at his friend’s wedding in New Orleans. It took him about three full days to return to human form.
  • Stepan set a few PRs (personal records) for his trail running up Mt. Sanitas in Boulder. He still claims the FourSquare mayorship for Mt. Sanitas Summit, which he took from James.
  • Mike successfully welcomed his first child, little lady Ada Estelle Feineman. Mom, dad, and child are doing wonderful.

Released SocialEngine PHP 4.8.2 and 4.8.3

4.8.2 brought much needed performance improvements, with some people reporting >20% improvement.

4.8.3 brought ability to play HTML5 videos on the mobile devices uploaded directly using ffmpeg. Mike created a video demonstrating an easy way to set up functionality introduced in 4.8.3.

…and we continued with bug fixes, so please keep leveraging our public bug tracker.

SocialEngine Cloud

Since we are frequently updating SocialEngine Cloud, we want to focus the discussion on our SocialEngine Cloud Community so as not to overwhelm the blog with numerous updates and notes. If you’re interested in SocialEngine Cloud updates and product discussions, join the community and participate with us, and check out our May Release Notes.

Note: we had some hosting issues that impacted SocialEngine Cloud and our website, thanks to all of those who reported the issues to us and being patient while we fixed em.

SocialEngine Rebrand Effort

Yes, there is a rebrand effort underway. We’re excited to pump up the visual standards of the SocialEngine brand. We planned the rebranding efforts with user stories, wireframes and features we’d like to add to the next version of our site. Don’t worry, no developer time was used up in the development of the brand, but we are going to have to pull some resources for the launch.

What’s Happening in June

Mike, our lead developer is out of the office for a few weeks to attend to his wife and new baby. Yes, we said a few weeks as we don’t put a limit on the right amount of time to be with a newborn, so we hope he’s enjoying life and we look forward to seeing him well rested (yeah right) when he returns.

SocialEngine PHP

We are shipping a new version in the next week, then our focus is going to turn toward the relaunch of the brand. This version will bring the ability to upload media (video, photo) from mobile and further mobile improvements.

Site Relaunch With New Features

This is more than just making our site look pretty, it’s addressing feedback to provide an option to purchase certified add ons to ensure the stability and performance of the platform, in addition to helping our 3rd party developers with better visibility and recognition on the site and marketplace. Some highlights of the July (tentative) launch include:

  • SocialEngine PHP Marketplace
  • Developer Spotlight
  • Dedicated Support with Integrated Knowledge Base
  • Product Demo

We’re Hiring

We are looking for a full-time PHP developer with Laravel experience. Remote work opportunity. If you want to be on our team, send your resume to jobs@socialengine.com.

As always we are open to getting your feedback so please don’t hesitate to email me directly: james@socialengine.com.

With appreciation,

James

Co-President and CEO

 

17 Comments

  1. Muge Cevik
    Posted June 5, 2014 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Hi James

    Please add the functionality to see who liked a status or blog or video..

    Thank you

  2. Dandy
    Posted June 6, 2014 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing some personel insights, happy times!
    What can we expect from the SE PHP Marketplace?
    Keep up the momentum!

  3. skidpics
    Posted June 6, 2014 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    You guys are amazing! Love the personal notes!

  4. Posted June 6, 2014 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    James,

    We are in need of PHP that offers Mobile video uploads and recording to our SE based Social Network for Growth. We are looking forward to the release of New PHP Updates that can Bring our Website to the Next Level with more Possibilities.

    Thank You!

    Joseph Reese

    http://www.mykaraokeworld.com

  5. Posted June 6, 2014 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Hey Joseph,

    Thanks for responding. Got the request and shared it. Don’t forget to add PHP suggestions to: http://bugs.socialengine.com/projects/se-php/issues?set_filter=1&tracker_id=5
    …as we review those on a regular basis.

    Thanks James

  6. Posted June 6, 2014 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Thanks!

  7. Posted June 6, 2014 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Hey Dandy, I’ll be sending out a post on the SE PHP Marketplace with more detail. In the simplest form, we are looking to create an official marketplace with certified apps, approved by SocialEngine, in addition to helping our developer community better market and drive visibility for their apps.

    Thanks James

  8. Posted June 6, 2014 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Hey Ed. Great point. It’s an inheritance situation where this was the system in place when we purchased the company and have been focused on other priorities.

    For SE Cloud, we’re using our own platform to run a community about features and updates.

    James

  9. Posted June 6, 2014 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Hey Ed,

    Thanks for the feedback. It’s been passed along.

    Remember you can add PHP feature requests to:
    http://bugs.socialengine.com/projects/se-php/issues?set_filter=1&tracker_id=5

    …we check that regularly.

    James

  10. Posted June 6, 2014 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Awesome James!
    Collaboration and Creative Ideas are what we are about at MyKaraokeWorld.com! We appreciate all the hard work, and Communication everyone is doing at Social Engine!

    Thank You!

    Joseph

  11. Posted June 9, 2014 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Our new site will be using Laravel as a base, its quite an amazing framework, I gotta say.

  12. Posted June 9, 2014 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    I’ve read about it from time to time and indeed it’s a nice framework. I wish Room 214 could develop a new app for sale based on Laravel.

  13. Posted June 11, 2014 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Prior to the changing of the guard, I use to have access to SE Cloud. Now, I don’t. Was that cut off? I would use it to see the changes taking place in case I ever wanted to switch over. What is the new policy, do I have to purchase a license?

  14. Posted June 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Im not sure what you mean, could you elaborate? We haven’t (and won’t) shut cloud down, perhaps your subscription expired?

  15. Posted June 12, 2014 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    I guess, that is what it is, subscription expired. At first, when SE Cloud was released, I had access to it for free; it wasn’t a live site, just allowed me to play with it in case I wanted to make the switch. I was under the impression that it would remain like that. Personally, I’d consider it, but until there is an article plug-in, since we have an in house editorial section, I can’t.

  16. Posted June 12, 2014 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Sorry about that. Have you considered using auto-imported rss and turning off all posting functionality (besides status updates)? You can also always sign up for a free trial and give it another try.

  17. Posted June 21, 2014 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    RSS is great, and something we incorporate, but it is not quite what we need; not as rich and with many more limitations. A native, built in solution, even if by a third party, would be ideal. As we can see out there in the wild, news content is just as important as user generated content and RSS imo doesn’t suit it as well. All you third party developers out there take note! Hey Radcodes, what’s the deal? Article plug in for SECloud?

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