I know everyone must have thought that YackTrack was just another tool that got no love from its owner. This is very far from the truth. The truth is that my summer was crazy busy, and some of the new stuff was just taking far longer than I had hoped.

YackTrack Dashboard

YackTrack Dashboard

So, what’s new in this release? First, there are a bunch of minor tweaks that I will not list as you probably will not really notice. The main feature that was added was user registration. By allowing registration, we now have a dashboard where you can save your searches as well as register a blog. I have a lot of plans for the dashboard, but I figured it was more important to get the first version out before too long. The dashboard has the list of queries that you have saved and the blogs that you have registered. If you register a blog, YackTrack will get RSS updates from your blog, detect new posts and save them as queries. That way, you just need to go to your dashboard to see all of your current searches.

[UPDATE] Ack! I totally forgot to mention that all of the account related stuff is now in the upper right corner of the page. If you are not logged in, there are Login and Register links. When you do logon, you will see a nice greeting, the My Account link where you can change your display name and timezone, the Change Password link and the Logout link.

I am sure that you are wondering whether that is everything. I understand it has been a few months since the last update. However, this is what you get today. The next release which will be coming quicker than “a few months” will be a redesign of the user interface. Currently, the interface is very limiting in what I can do, so I want to prettify it and generally make it easier to user. If you have any user interface requests, I will gladly consider them.

Two other minor points to add are related to customer service. First, YackTrack has its own Twitter account now. Thankfully, the username is just yacktrack, so no thinking is needed to find it. I was thinking that the Twitter account could be used for quick questions and basic contacts. The second customer service item is that you can now find YackTrack on GetSatisfaction.

Now that this release is done, I am going to ask for feature requests again. In the next week or two, I plan on listing what has been requested and maybe run a poll to see what people really want.

So, get out there, register your blogs and follow the conversation!

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