Posted on October 2nd, 2014 by Chris Saad
Posted in Announcements
At Echo, we’re pioneers of delivering rich, social widgets for your website.
Along the way we were also first to deliver lots of important innovations in the field like social login and sharing, real-time updates and flexible APIs…
But in the last year, we’ve asked ourselves new questions… what if we made these powerful technologies as easy to use as Apple Keynote. What if we focused less on the widget, and more on the end-to-end process of crafting an experience for Brands, Agencies and Communities.
The result is the Echo Experience Studio.
With the experience studio you can drag-and-drop a wide range of widgets on a canvas and configure every last detail until you get exactly what you need. With 1 click you can publish to a hosted site, mobile or embed for your own website.
Weather it’s a home for your #tag social media campaign, or covering a major news event with a sponsored microsite, or even helping event attendees follow the backchannel conversation on big screens in the event hall. It’s all possible with the Echo Experience Studio.
But most importantly, it’s beautiful and easy-to-use, right out of the box.
We’ve paid attention to pixel level details to make both building and using the experiences a joy. We’ve also created a simple pricing model with a generous free tier so that the widest range of people can take advantage of this new product.
We think this opens up a whole new set of possibilities for users who’ve never had access to these kind of of tools before.
We’re excited to see what you create with the Echo Experience Studio.
Today I’m happy to announce a new feature from Echo that will slash the cost of moderating your comments and other user generated content.
We call it Moderation Autopilot
Echo’s advanced moderation technologies analyze each post in real-time and calculates key information like User Reputation, User State, IP Address, Location, Aggression, Intelligence, Sentiment, Spam Probability and more. These characteristics are then used by a sophisticated (and customizable) rules engine to automate many routine moderation tasks.
This significantly reduces manual moderation costs. Combined with our recently announced price reductions means that Echo can help you create amazing engagement experiences without blowing your budget.
Today we’re pleased to announce a 40% decrease in subscriptions fees across all Products and the introduction of month-to-month subscriptions.
Google and Amazon have begun a pricing war to capture market share. One of the first rounds in this battle began with Google’s announcement of a 40% price reduction in it’s cloud-computing services on Mar 25, 2014 (TechCrunch story here). Amazon quickly followed suit with similar price cuts (TechCrunch story here)
Echo is now passing these savings onto our customers with a 40% across the board discount.
Further, we are also announcing that Echo is first amongst our peers to provide simplified, public enterprise pricing on our website starting today. Customers can now see all our pricing tiers up-front and have the freedom to choose month-to-month subscriptions with no long term lock-in. We think this is a fairer, simpler approach that will give customers visibility and confidence to choose a plan that suits their needs.
As an added incentive to try Echo, customers upgrading from Livefyre or Disqus get their first 3 months of subscription free.
It’s been a while since we’ve posted an update on the blog but we’ve been more active than ever behind the scenes. The Echo Product and Engineering teams have released a wide range of updates including…
This was a major upgrade to the Architecture of the Comments Product including support for multiple content types (initially Comments, Photos and Links) and a more future proof codebase. In addition we made a series of minor tweaks. The highlights include:
New Submit Composers “Video” and “Link”
A few parameters were added for Top and All Posts sections:
“openLinksInNewWindow” parameter which provides an ability to change links behavior: if a link should be opened in a new browser tab/window
“enableIntentsResponsiveness” parameter to provide an ability to control Intents responsiveness behavior in case a container size is changed
“replyNestingLevels” parameter to specify replies nesting level (0-5 levels).
Top Posts section was turned off by default to avoid extra API requests and speed up app loading in most cases. Top Posts can be enabled in a dashboard if required by a use-case.
Attachments feature (which allows adding media attachments to Comments) is now turned on by default.
Item Intents functionality was refactored to be responsive and adapt to a container size changes.
App performance was improved, specifically:
“streamserver.pack.js” is no longer included, which gives 30kb script payload reduction.
Twitter widgets lib (30kb) is not included by default, it’s being loaded dynamically if a Stream contains at least one tweet.
“count” live updates are stopped if there is more than 5000 items in a Stream, since we hit the StreamServer “count” API limitation (“count” API is not returning items count if it’s more than 5000).
“More” button behavior was improved in case items retrieving failed. Now “More” button shows a proper error messages and applies correct CSS rules.
App behavior in IE was improved (placeholder in compact mode was not showing up, compact form was not expanding in some cases, Post Composer panel had a few UI glitches).
Media Gallery 3.0
We released 2 new version of the Media Gallery (v3.0 and 3.0.1) app. This includes the following update
Change of Architecture based on Comments 2.0
Issues with overlapping due to Child Items and Attachments Panel are resolved
A bug with several Media Gallery instances in one Canvas is fixed
A couple of minor performance improvements were introduced
News Feed 1.1.0
This product was updated to be based on the Comments 2.0 Architecture