Anime-themed updates and improvements to Swarm.

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26 MAY 2023

๐ŸŽ–๏ธ Leaderboard: new signal of prominence for users who bring in clients through generating referral links.

  • ๐Ÿ† Refer and win. Send your overflow of opportunities from trusted peers and clients, and receive appreciation from the community.
  • ๐Ÿ’ฐ Reap rewards. Earn Amber from bringing in the most opportunities and contributing to constant deal flow for all members of the community.
  • ๐Ÿค Rise up the ranks. Gain recognition for your network-building and referral skills and earn reputation as a trusted broker of opportunities.

๐Ÿง Top Referrers Sidebar: New sidebar on home page celebrates most active dealmakers in the community.

๐Ÿ›๏ธ Benefits Store: new ways to shop for benefits.

    • โž• Claim multiple quantities of a benefit, whenever applicable.
    • ๏นช Discounts are now displayed for some benefits for budget-savvy users.
    • ๐Ÿ›’ View all benefits. See all available benefits by default, then browse based on your region.

    ๐Ÿงด Homepage Filters: switch between swarms, TBHs, and Opportunities from the homepage.


    24 April 2023

    ๐Ÿ’Ž โšœ๏ธ Amber: is a signal of value, created by, with, and for members of the Swarm community. It can be exchanged for benefits and perks that help you live your best fractional life.

    • ๐ŸŽ Earn Amber by referring builders, introducing clients, getting scouted for Swarm opportunities, and receiving gifts from other users.
    • ๐Ÿ›’ Browse cool perks such as fitness classes, store credits, and subscriptions to essential work tools on the Amber store.

      ๐Ÿ”— Client Referrals: Generate custom referral links to share with clients and earn referral rewards for every successful hire they make via Swarm.

      • ๐Ÿ… Gain reputation in the community as a broker of vetted and impactful opportunities.


      24 JANUARY 2023

      ๐Ÿ’Ž Rates & Services: Let everyone know what they can hire you for by adding your rates & services to your profile.

      • ๐Ÿ’ฐ Add a price range to your profile.
      • ๐Ÿ‘ Toggle the visibility of each service.
      • โš™๏ธ Choose between a Fixed-rate and an Hourly-based rate for each service.

      ๐Ÿซฃ Metapreview: Sharing Swarm links are now more eye-catching and informative.


        7 November 2022

        ๐Ÿ† Opportunities: Freelance projects are now called Opportunities.

        • ๐Ÿชง Post an opportunity. Add headlines, skills or expertise needed, details, time commitments, budget ranges, and timezone preferences to find the right builder. Any Swarmie can post an opportunity.
        • ๐Ÿ’ Apply as a builder or refer someone you know. Either way you earn money!
        • โœˆ๏ธ Share opportunity pages publicly. Sign-up to refer or apply.

        ๐Ÿ  Updated Home Feed: Weโ€™re putting everything (opportunities + swarm discussions) on the home feed. Bye bye Bzzaar ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป

        • ๐Ÿ‘€ Choose your view. See everything all together or filter your feed to see either opportunities or Swarms only.


          12 October 2022

          ๐ŸŒปย Direct Praise: You can now give praise directly on a profile.

          • Get to know what a Swarmie is like as a collaborator, influencer, mentor, or mentee.
          • Give and receive feedback on working with and learning from each other.
          • Praise Swarmies for the amazing human/collaborator they are.

          ๐Ÿ—ฃย Improved testimonials: Gain more context behind a testimonial, such as connections declared, skills praised, and date given.

          ๐ŸŒ€ Empty states: We added illustrations on profiles for empty testimonial and project sections.

          ๐Ÿชด Discussion reply button: You can load Swarms faster now that the rich text editor only comes up once you press a reply button.


            19 SEPTEMBER 2022

            ๐Ÿ‘€ Profiles are now public: profiles can be viewed even if not logged in. Social share links added.

            โญ๏ธ Project opportunities: Update your profile to getย introductions and referrals to project opportunities. Access to projects in the Swarm network happen through referrals to complete profiles.

            ๐Ÿงณ Profile projects: we increased featured projects up to three so you can showcase more of your best work.

            ๐Ÿ’– Profile testimonials: we increased number of testimonials to three on profile overview.

            ๐ŸŒผ Praise: any skill can now be added when praising someone.

            ๐Ÿ”’ Data and privacy: turn off tracking and request account deletion.


                5 July 2022

                ๐Ÿ–ผ Profile: Projects. Showcase your past works on your profile.

                ๐Ÿค  Profile: Role Preferences. Declare the project roles you want to take.

                ๐Ÿ—“ Profile: Project Availability. Let everyone know when youโ€™re available for work.

                ๐Ÿฆ Profile: Twitter Link. Add your twitter account to your profile.


                    7 June 2022

                    ๐Ÿฏ Profile: Reputation Points. The pollen you get from fellow swarmies now shows as your reputation points (a.k.a Honey)

                    ๐Ÿ† Profile: Skills. Fellow swarmies can now see the skills youโ€™ve been praised for!

                    ๐ŸŒ Profile: Timezone. Let potential collaborators know where youโ€™re working from.

                    โœ… Profile: Verified Badge. You can now show off your verified status on the platform.


                        18ย APRIL 2022

                        ๐ŸŒผ Pollen. Award swarmies for helpful answers on discussions. You get 3 pollen everyday.

                        ๐Ÿ™Œ Praise. Praise fellow swarmies for sharing their skills, insights, and advice using pollen!

                        ๐Ÿฏ Honey. Increase your reputation and credibility on Swarm with each pollen you receive.


                            4ย APRIL 2022

                            โ˜€๏ธ Invites. Use your invites to let up to 5 friends join Swarm.

                            ๐Ÿค Builder referrals. Refer a trusted collaborator to a project, and get $75 if they land the role.

                            ๐Ÿชฒ Bug fix: New swarms email. Get notified for new content on the forum.

                            ๐ŸŽช Post a project. Post your project directly from the Bzzaar page! ๐Ÿƒ

                            ๐Ÿ“ฅ Bzzaar project email notifs. Get updated on new discussions on your project!


                                24 FEBRUARYย 2022

                                ๐ŸŽช Bzzaar marketplace. Make your idea come to life by building it with the Swarm community. Find teams of expert builders ready to make your MVP happen.

                                ๐Ÿ›ฐ Search. You can now stalk your fellow Swarmies! Find potential collaborators, teammates, and builders for whatever purpose.

                                ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿผ New discussions format. We streamlined the reading experience on swarms by making the UI vertical.

                                ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿผ Going back. Never lose scroll progress on the timeline ever again. We all never liked going back to the top, right?!

                                ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿป Projects onboarding. Easier onboarding for busy founders and project posters.


                                    16 SEPTEMBERย 2021

                                    ๐Ÿ” New Navbar. Explore Swarm with the new navbar: now bigger, better, and with bee-autiful icons!

                                    โœจ New Swarms Emails. Get cool new swarms delivered fresh to your inbox weekly.

                                    โฌ†๏ธ Upvotes &๏ธ Downvotes. Amplify swarms you want to see more buzz on, and bump down swarms that don't bring value.

                                    ๐Ÿ”” Notification Settings. Manage all your Swarm email preferences in just one page.

                                        Cardcaptor Sakura

                                        6 august 2021

                                        ๐Ÿ’Œ Mentions are live! Let people know you're thinking of (and typing about) them with @mentions! โœจ

                                        • Get email notifications when you're mentioned
                                        • Let fellow Swarmies know they're on your mind ๐Ÿ’›
                                        • Mention anyone on Swarm with a quick @

                                        ๐Ÿ—‘ ย Delete Reply. We all make mistakes โ€” but now, on Swarm, you can erase evidence of them forever. ๐Ÿ˜‰

                                        • Delete replies
                                        • Never think about them again

                                        Kageyama Tobio

                                        13 JULYย 2021

                                        ๐Ÿ’Œ Email notifications have a fresh new look!

                                        We now send you a freshly redesigned email about the swarms you follow. Never miss a message again.

                                        • Launch Swarm straight from the email with one click.
                                        • See how many discussions and swarms are waiting for you.
                                        • It's simpler and streamlined, so you can quickly see what's up.

                                        ๐Ÿ’ฐ Rich text support makes your swarms look โœจ F A N C Y ย โœจ

                                        Sometimes, you just want that extra touch of oomph. Or maybe a little sideways-leaning sass. Maybe you just want to stand out in the middle of your text.

                                        Whatever the reason, we've got you covered with:

                                        • Bold & Brash
                                        • Italics
                                        • Auto-recognition of links with a juicy purple

                                        all packaged in a pretty little bottom toolbar (we like to call him Richard โ€” don't ask).

                                        Eren Yeager

                                        15 June 2021

                                        • Multiline comments support (shift+enter)
                                        • Automatic inline link highlighting (in descriptions and comments)
                                        • Timestamps on swarm comments
                                        • Follows
                                        • Email notifications
                                        • Mobile responsiveness