Thursday, April 27, 2006

Logabottle mobile

Now you can view your bottle log away from a computer! When we first started building logabottle.com we knew mobile access was something we wanted to do eventually. None of us expected it to come just a few months after we launched the site, but is has.

Even in its current basic state, mobile access adds a great deal of value to your log. Anywhere you have your cell phone, Blackberry, or other mobile device with internet access, you now have access to your log. We think this will mean much more informed purchases at the wine shop for our users! Whether you’re shopping for yourself or a gift, knowing what you’ve tried makes all the difference in the world.

See all the details and simple instructions here.

We hope you enjoy this new feature, and rest assured we’re adding more to it all the time. Please post any comments or problems with the service here, or email comments@logabottle.com. Thanks!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

E-mail Wine Bottle Stats

The new feature du jour is a little "E-mail this bottle info" link below wine each bottle’s wine stats. The page is set up so you can easily e-mail a friend a wine you think they may want to try or just know about.

On the send e-mail page, you can add your own comments below the stats that show up, and even edit those stats if you want. After all, it’s your e-mail!

You can also send each recommendation to multiple recipients by separating their e-mail addresses with commas.

It’s an easy way to spread the word about the great wines people are logging, and also just let friends know about logabottle.com.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Updates for Wednesday

Just a few quick updates for today that all show up on your "My Profile" page.

Now you can choose whether or not to display Google Maps on different pages. You can choose whether to show a map on:

Your "My Bottle Log" page
Your public bottle log that other users can view
Your personal lists of wines you make, like wish lists, gift lists, or anything you want

Second, we’re going to be sending out a roughly monthly e-mail to all our users. If you want to, you can chose not to receive this e-mail by selecting the option in your profile.

That’s all for now!

Monday, April 17, 2006

New Site News Icon

We’re making improvements all the time, but two quick changes we made today are:

Bottle grades show in the main listing on the Grape, Country, Region, and Vineyard Pages. This way it should be easy to see the highest (and lowest) graded from a particular place or of a certain type.

We’ve made a big yellow icon to let you know when we have new site news. It’ll show up on the site index after you log in, and on my home page. The icon for new news will remain until the next time you log in. We hope that makes it even easier for everyone to keep track of the changes and improvements we’re making here.

As always, please let us know what new features you’d like to see or any comments you have about the site. The easiest way is to just comment on this blog.

That’s all for now. Enjoy the wine and keep on logging!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Pages for Grapes, Countries, Regions, and Vineyards

Now you can click on most of the attributes of each wine to go to a specific page for that grape, country, region, or vineyard!

For example, you can quickly go to a page with all the bottles from Australia, California, or Jefferson Vineyards.

Some user inputted data does not link up with other wines – for example some mixtures of grapes and regions we haven’t added yet.

Also, since vineyard names are input by users each time (we like it that way so you aren’t restricted at all in what you can input), matching those is more difficult. You may notice the odd match or two, but usually you get just what you want.

All in all we think these are useful new ways to find and compare wines. Enjoy!