Big update: We now show full art pieces in your feed, instead of thumbnails!
You can click the art itself to view the full-resolution version, or click the title underneath to visit the dedicated art view page. We’ve included a button to favorite the art and another button to read and write reviews and/or submit a score without leaving your feed.
Newgrounds has several feed variants so I’m gonna dive into that real quick.
When you’re logged in, the bell in the header bar is your notifications feed; this doesn’t include content from people you follow, just interactions where other users have engaged with you.
The Feed link in the header is a mega-feed that includes content from people you follow but also has community activity such as what your friends are talking about in the forums. If you follow a lot of people and have a lot of friends, this can be information overkill.
I also really like the Audio Feed, which is only new audio by people you follow. If you click an audio thumbnail here, it will play the song in-page. When the song ends, it will continue to the next one. I can listen to this feed all day in the background.
With today’s update, you will want to check out the Art Feed, where you can browse all the art by artists you follow without ever leaving the feed.
When you follow people on NG, you’ll see a box on the front page with “Latest From Your Friends & Favorites” - I often click the “More” link there to get direct access to the Favorite Artists Feed. This might be the most important button on NG and it’s kinda hidden. There’s a big question of whether the NG front page itself should be your favorite artists feed but that would be a big break from tradition. Would you prefer it?
If you’re an artist, musician or developer here on the site, I’d also recommend making a blog post to update everyone on what you’ve been up to! We revamped the blog tools last week and you can include tags in your post now. The more tagging is put to proper use, the better it should be for everyone.
If you enjoy the ongoing updates, please consider becoming a supporter!
We’d like to work towards reducing the ads on NG and a good start would be to remove ads completely from art view pages. If we hit 4,000 supporters this year and remain above that number, we could remove the third party ads from art pages and have a single supporter promo in their place. If you’re an artist and like this idea, please consider paying $3 per month to become a supporter! We need almost 1,500 new supporters to get there and I think that is very doable. It would be great to get there sooner vs later to keep all this momentum going! Supporters get to browse the entire site ad-free right out the gate, too.
Be sure to check out the Best of January if you missed it!