Andrew Boon

Since the year 2000 our team is working with social networking software, online communities, online dating, communication apps and everything around.

Personally, I am very passionate about social software and the potential for the positive impact it may bring. I love talking to idea-people and helping to launch meaningful online community projects. I am here at UNA.io all the time, so feel free to start a conversation, or talk to me in the messenger. If you prefer the old-fashioned e-mail route - it's ab@una.io for myself and support@una.io for the team.
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Reposted Mark Purser's post.

I’m a massive fan of blog sites. I have been since forever. Having written and developed a bunch of them and actively engaged with many hundreds more, I’d like to think that I know a thing or two about what makes a blog tick.

So what makes a Blog tick?

COMMUNITY makes a blog tick.

Always has, always will.

What’s a writer without an audience? A common group with shared interests and ideals? As a writer, or group of writers looking to cultivate connection, community is everything

If you examine most popular Blog sites these day, the best part is the comments, the feedback from the community and the interactions between those community members. It is often a vibrant, unchecked space, where elves and trolls wrangle attitude and ideas with gusto and hilarity.

Unfortunately in most blog sites, the potential for these interactions is limited, mainly due to the constraints of the platform (usually Wordpress).

Once someone has gone to the trouble of signing up to your blog to make a comment, why not engage with them fully? Give them a real identity and find ways for them to interact with your content and each other that continues to develop engagement and value. All the power of social media,on your blog.

Where the opportunity lies is for Blogging platforms to evolve into social communities. Harnessing the power of the Blog to engage and educate an audience around a shared passion or values and the magic of a social community to explore the full potential of an engaged aspirational, learning community.

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We are planning a new UNA app, called Music. General setup is to be similar to what Soundcloud does, but we'd love to hear more ideas and feedback on what would you like to see in the UNA app?

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We're about to release an update with a few new modules, optimisations, UX improvements and a UI components. Can't wait. 

Building the new "Community" page. :)

128 Middle Pocket Road, Middle Pocket, NSW, Australia
27 Mar 18
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UNA platform matures and we get more people interested in launching their own UNA-powered custom community sites. In the last few months, particularly, UNA Team is in a situation that we need to narrow the scope of potential clients and also lay out guidelines for what kind of projects we are eager to work with and what kind of projects we would rather not touch. 

It is important to understand that UNA is primarily a public-service product, making positive impact a top priority. Revenue generation is important, but not critical for UNA platform success, so we are fortunate to be able to say "no" to projects that don't align with our mission. 

Prohibited Usage

Websites using UNA platform for the activities outlined below will be pro-actively disconnected from version updates and any support services. Below activities are considered prohibited usage and will result in immediate account suspension or cancellation without a refund and the possibility that UNA Inc will impose fees; and/or pursue civil remedies without providing advance notice.

  • Spam and Unsolicited Bulk Email: UNA Inc has a zero tolerance policy on spam. 
  • Access to Other Computers or Networks without Authorisation: Any act which interferes with the services of another user or network. Any act relating to the circumvention of security measures.
  • Activities Viewed as Illegal or Harmful: Fraudulent or otherwise illegal activities, including engaging in phishing or otherwise obtaining financial or other personal information in a misleading manner or for fraudulent or misleading purposes; promoting and supporting abusive, violent, harassing, malicious or harmful content
  • Any activity or content that is harmful to minors in any way
  • Communities promoting hateful or discriminatory activity based on race, color, sex, religion, nationality, ethnic or national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or age.
  • Unsupported Usage

    Below activities are not considered prohibited usage, but may be offered limited technical support. Automatic updates for such websites can still be accessed. Direct technical support and general community support may be limited to questions not including direct links, media or content references posted publicly at UNA.IO or via UNA Inc. direct email support. In most cases UNA technical specialists reserve the right to refuse visiting or otherwise interacting with the websites involved in such activities. 

  • Pornography and Adult-content: Depictions or images of sexual acts or implied sexual activity; graphic photos or videos. This does NOT automatically include networks for heterosexual, gay, lesbian or transgender individuals; breast feeding networks or educational networks promoting safe sex, assuming that pornography and graphic media is not present.
  • Potentially Illegal Group Activity: Networks promoting illegal or harmful gatherings; denial-of-service attacks; service disruption activities; radical political or religious actions.
  • Endorsed Usage

    We strongly believe that building generic social networks (a.k.a. "Facebook Clones") using UNA platform is not beneficial for end-users. Network operators are encouraged to focus on building niche communities focused on beneficial causes. Uniting people around interests, goals or activity that is inspiring, positive and helpful invariably leads to overall project success. Below activities will be supported with priority.

  • Educational and inspirational content generation and sharing
  • NGOs, NPOs and other groups contributing towards common welfare.
  • Philanthropic, humanitarian, charitable networks.
  • Open-source and Free software initiatives. 
  • This is still a draft, which will be updated before official publication. Comments and suggestions are most welcome. 

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    The new updates - RC5 and the RC6 follow-up - have been released last week, brining a number of fixes, general improvements and two new modules - Photos and Term of the Day

    Perhaps the biggest system improvement is the support of @mentions. Now, in various text fields across UNA modules you can mention users by typing the "@" sign and choosing the user from the dropdown list. in the output it will link to the user automatically. Like so - Andrew Boon

    Mentions can be tricky to get right, as they really depend on the site approach to profiles naming, relationship between users and notification settings. So, we invite you to try @mentions and share your feedback and ideas on how we can improve this new feature.

    UNA 9RC5/RC6

    New modules

  • Photos - https://una.io/page/view-product?id=114
  • Quote of the Day - https://una.io/page/view-product?id=115
  • System Enhancements

  • Ability to mention person or organization with '@' symbol - 1048 670
  • All DB fields and tables was converted to utf8mb4 - 1054
  • Showcase block in all content modules - 1057
  • Textarea fields was switched to TinyMCE - 1055
  • Push notifications queue - 1053
  • Mail messages queue - 1022
  • Ability to specify different form display for add/edit/view content forms in service call - 1070
  • Allow to set free & unlimited membership by level_id GET param during profile creation - 1066
  • Service blocks with predefined search term - 1036
  • Injections and Template keys reorganization - 1015
  • Forms: ability to use multiple submit buttons - 1033
  • Menus: notification counters now works in toolbar menu - 1061
  • Grids: custom options for 'filter', 'order_field', 'order_dir' in sys_objects_grid table - 1060
  • Studio Market Apps: confirmation when click 'delete' button - 1064
  • Modules enhancements

  • Timeline: preview for images and videos - 1000
  • Market: publish/unpublish feature - 1077
  • Invitations: request invitation form was updated - 1080
  • Events: 'Country' and 'Country, City' items in snippet menu - 1058
  • Payment: allow user to cancel his Stripe subscription - 1052
  • 36+ bugfixes

    NOTES:

  • Requirements were changed, minimal MySQL version is now 5.5.3
  • DOWNLOAD:

    https://una.io/page/download-product?id=86

    ANNOUNCEMENTS and UPDATE PATCHES:

    https://github.com/unaio/una/releases/tag/9.0.0-RC5

    https://github.com/unaio/una/releases/tag/9.0.0-RC6

    #update #photos #termoftheday #patches #mentions

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    Looks like UNA Inc can be @@mentioned now. :)

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    Facebook reports that people spent 50 million hours less on Facebook! That's 5707 years. Note, that Facebook has super-smart tools that take care of making this metric go up no matter what, and it still went down. I truly hope that this is the beginning of the social web liberation era.
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    UNA platform and the team had a fantastic year in 2017. We opened UNA for public access; released 5 core updates; reached over 1400 accounts at UNA.IO; hired 3 new team members; released new apps like JOT Messenger, Videos, Google Tag Manager, "Decorous" template, ElasticSearch module, "Dolphin Connect" module, Shopify integration module and Snipcart integration module. 

    Moreover, we have been engaged to help with a number of truly exciting projects that use UNA to build communities, professional networks and educational hubs. Some of these ideas are absolutely mind-blowing and we are really happy to see how UNA gradually becomes a platform of choice for those "clever" startups that are building truly unique experiences, while taking advantage of an easy-to-manage framework. 

    The year 2017 was pretty much about putting UNA on rails, though the interest from webmasters already nearly overfilled our team capacity for support and development services. What a year!

    Looking at you, 2018!

    A few things will definitely happen this year. 

  • UNA 9 final will be released. From then on, there will be two separate update streams - PRO and DEV. Only production updates will be pushed automatically to UNA-powered sites and development updates will need to be used separately. PRO updates will only be released after extensive DEV-level testing. 
  • JOT Messenger will add video calls, talks branching and an embed-based service for quick integration into non-UNA websites (Dolphin, Wordpress, etc). 
  • Videos app will add live video streaming. It's a hot trend, but not a trivial development feat. We are exploring various options, and plan to update the Videos app to allow live streaming with simultaneous comments and post-stream recording.
  • The @tags everywhere. The "mention" tags is a widely anticipated feature, which we intentionally delayed until there is a clear vision and technical solution to make them as a system-wide feature. 
  • Notifications will further improve to offer an effective configuration system for Email, Push and On-site notifications for various actions. There is a lot of control available already, but we aim to make them more streamlined and fine-tuned. 
  • Performance and SEO will be improved dramatically, as we get to see more real-life projects and gain more knowledge in optimising for large-scale usage, as well as for search engines.  
  • Native mobile apps, based on GoNative and Cordova-like wrappers will be brought out as service offerings and as technical descriptions for DIY implementations. We are already doing this for Enterprise-plan clients directly.
  • Crypto-based features for reputation scoring, spam/scam protection, payment processing and purpose-specific tokens will come to light. At this staged we are looking to offer integration of the upcoming Requitix system and later potentially our own distributed ledger framework for custom tokens integrated with UNA. 
  • Documentation and Tutorials will finally get a green light. We had to hold off with them during the pre-release updates, mostly due to the changes that keep happening in the core platform. As it settles we can publish more supporting materials and API docs. 
  • Marketplace will become a whole lot more active, as we are opening it for new submissions. We plan to introduce new purchasing methods and bundling options, as well as more detailed instructions for 3rd party developers. 
  • Those are just the main points of focus. There will be hundreds of new features, updates, fixes and improvements. Our team is now bigger, stronger and ready for the major take-off in 2018!

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    UNA platform and the team had a fantastic year in 2017. We opened UNA for public access; released 5 core updates; reached over 1400 accounts at UNA.IO; hired 3 new team members; released new apps like JOT Messenger, Videos, Google Tag Manager, "Decorous" template, ElasticSearch module, "Dolphin Connect" module, Shopify integration module and Snipcart integration module. 

    Moreover, we have been engaged to help with a number of truly exciting projects that use UNA to build communities, professional networks and educational hubs. Some of these ideas are absolutely mind-blowing and we are really happy to see how UNA gradually becomes a platform of choice for those "clever" startups that are building truly unique experiences, while taking advantage of an easy-to-manage framework. 

    The year 2017 was pretty much about putting UNA on rails, though the interest from webmasters already nearly overfilled our team capacity for support and development services. What a year!

    Looking at you, 2018!

    A few things will definitely happen this year. 

  • UNA 9 final will be released. From then on, there will be two separate update streams - PRO and DEV. Only production updates will be pushed automatically to UNA-powered sites and development updates will need to be used separately. PRO updates will only be released after extensive DEV-level testing. 
  • JOT Messenger will add video calls, talks branching and an embed-based service for quick integration into non-UNA websites (Dolphin, Wordpress, etc). 
  • Videos app will add live video streaming. It's a hot trend, but not a trivial development feat. We are exploring various options, and plan to update the Videos app to allow live streaming with simultaneous comments and post-stream recording.
  • The @tags everywhere. The "mention" tags is a widely anticipated feature, which we intentionally delayed until there is a clear vision and technical solution to make them as a system-wide feature. 
  • Notifications will further improve to offer an effective configuration system for Email, Push and On-site notifications for various actions. There is a lot of control available already, but we aim to make them more streamlined and fine-tuned. 
  • Performance and SEO will be improved dramatically, as we get to see more real-life projects and gain more knowledge in optimising for large-scale usage, as well as for search engines.  
  • Native mobile apps, based on GoNative and Cordova-like wrappers will be brought out as service offerings and as technical descriptions for DIY implementations. We are already doing this for Enterprise-plan clients directly.
  • Crypto-based features for reputation scoring, spam/scam protection, payment processing and purpose-specific tokens will come to light. At this staged we are looking to offer integration of the upcoming Requitix system and later potentially our own distributed ledger framework for custom tokens integrated with UNA. 
  • Documentation and Tutorials will finally get a green light. We had to hold off with them during the pre-release updates, mostly due to the changes that keep happening in the core platform. As it settles we can publish more supporting materials and API docs. 
  • Marketplace will become a whole lot more active, as we are opening it for new submissions. We plan to introduce new purchasing methods and bundling options, as well as more detailed instructions for 3rd party developers. 
  • Those are just the main points of focus. There will be hundreds of new features, updates, fixes and improvements. Our team is now bigger, stronger and ready for the major take-off in 2018!

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    The rc5 is likely to come very soon.
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    ... or jump to: 2017, 2016
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    Keep it real!

    Videos discussing common questions and challenges that we face, and how we make decisions based on a simple principle - keeping it real.  What looks good "on-paper" may not be the same as what works best in real-life situations. Through our experience of building social networking software for over 17 years, we've learned a lot about "the big questions". In this series, I talk about these in details, in a causal manner, while driving around and doing daily chores. Keeping it real.  #keepitreal
    Native App vs Responsive Web AppMIT vs GPL, BSD and Custom licensesScale Anxiety. Worrying about scale before launching your community.Hidden costs of custom modifications.

    Quick tests, examples and greetings.

    This album is for short videos or fill-in images used as examples elsewhere. 
    Example for video inserting

    Tutorials

    Various #tutorials, mostly #video, all for UNA. 
    Changing UNA texts in PolyglotEditing data items in Forms (i.e. changing categories)Site deployment and initial setup on UNA Cloud

    Random Musings

    Sharing everything we do, plan and think. In a not-too-formal way. 
    Saying Hi and showing our faces.
    My Polls

    We are adopting the "THEME-BASED PRODUCT ROAD MAPS" method for UNA development. Vote for your #1 choice of THEME to help us define priority. We plan to focus on each theme for a month over the next...

    What kind of text #editor (if any) do you think should be used in a #Messenger?

    No editor, just plain text.
     
    18 votes (46.15%)
    Pure contentEditable standard browser tools.
     
    7 votes (17.95%)
    Pure Markdown or BBcode
     
    3 votes (7.69%)
    Editor based on contentEditable with WYSIWYG-style interface.
     
    7 votes (17.95%)
    WYSIWYG editor.
     
    4 votes (10.26%)

    What is your preferred shape of #profile #pictures?  Please, elaborate on your choice in comments.

    Circle
     
    32 votes (58.18%)
    Square
     
    9 votes (16.36%)
    Rounded Square
     
    14 votes (25.45%)

    What general #direction do you think UNA #development should be focused on in the next 2-3 months?

    User experience improvement
     
    15 votes (44.12%)
    Performance and loading speed
     
    4 votes (11.76%)
    More features and apps
     
    13 votes (38.24%)
    Studio settings improvements
     
    1 votes (2.94%)
    Easier on-boarding & configuration workflow
     
    1 votes (2.94%)
    Other (leave comment)
     
    0 votes (0%)

    Which method of #communication is most popular on your site?

    Discussions (asynchronous; public or group; committed subject).
     
    6 votes (16.67%)
    Conversations (asynchronous; private or group; variable subject).
     
    4 votes (11.11%)
    Messenger (synchronous or delayed; private, group or public; spontaneous or no subject).
     
    22 votes (61.11%)
    Comments (asynchronous; public; committed subject).
     
    4 votes (11.11%)