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Hey, friends! A year ago, @andreasklinger launched a Chrome extension named Product Hunter. At the time, I didn’t really know Andreas. Of course, this got my attention and I'm fortunate to now call him a teammate. Today we’re launching a massive update to the extension, so you can: - Search for products, collections, and people directly from the menu bar - View a gallery of top upvoted products of the day in each new tab - "Hunt" products and curate collections in a few clicks - Open a view of the discussion and product details from the product page itself by clicking the PH Bar Credit goes to @jonnotie, @vesln, and @graafdemichiel. Ask us anything!
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@andreasklinger @jonnotie @vesln @graafdemichiel @rrhoover Why was the first click of the PH icon to search for a product? I was thinking along the lines of click to Hunt. Maybe you could share the reasons for that :)
@jonnotie @vesln @graafdemichiel @rrhoover This isn't just a new tab page extension, it's also a menu bar plug-in, a button, and a browser extension! Excellent work, guys. I personally love the quick access to comments on the page of a product that has previously been hunted. I'm trying to figure out the use cases of each part of what you shipped. The new tab page is for idle discovery. The product search in the menu bar is for finding something specific. The access to PH details on a webpage is for creating context and generating engagement from votes and comments. The button is for hunting and curating. Is this how you're thinking about it?
@joshuaoxj good question! Search is an increasingly common use case, more common than posting products. We wanted to make it one click away but we may change this use flow as we add additional functionality, like an activity feed.
@eric3000 bingo. 😄 There are many different internal and external triggers that bring people to Product Hunt. For example, we want to make it easier for someone to find what they're looking for when they ask themselves, "What is a product for X?" What use cases or internal triggers (often these are tied to emotions) are we missing out on as it relates to products?
@rrhoover I will think about the triggers. But also thinking about how well this aligns with your KPIs. If you were focused on front page visits, these features would possibly be cannibalizing. But because you focus on how much traffic you send to products that are hunted, all the incentives align nicely around these different use cases.
This would benefit GREATLY from a faster API. ;) (as so many things would) basically all it'd need would be more specific (or truncated) API calls... If I'm grabbing a list of products I don't necessarily need ALL the details about the makers... (names, pics, usernames, maybe the description, but not their last 20upvotes & last 20 comments) (if I want that information I can call the users API with their username) Other than that this is great, design is simplistic but beautiful, which I love. So if now it would feel just a tiiiny bit less sluggish it would be perfect. ;)
@sleinadsanoj good feedback, and I expect this level of focus from you. 😉
@rrhoover been begging @andreasklinger for some more refined API calls for a (short) while. (But it's completely understandable that you guys don't want to iterate on the API every few weeks, so while I will keep bringing this up, understand that I know I will need some patience. ;) )
Congrats, I'm already addicted to PH, but I can definitely see this boosting my addiction. Not sure how I'm actually going to get work done now :)
Been using the old version since it was hunted! Curious if you can add in the up-vote functionality right into each tile, as opposed to clicking on the arrow than having to load up the PH post itself and having to upvote from there.. teasing me with that up-arrow that doesn't upvote! Love it though definitely became a part of my day multiple times a day! @rrhoover @andreasklinger
@jackosutherland good ideas. That's in the works! First we need to add the ability to login via the Chrome extension.
Any Safari love? It's now easier to port extensions from Chrome to Safari, and it would great to get it there too :)
@giordanobc we'll definitely consider it, although Safari (on the desktop) only represents 10% of our traffic compared to 60% on Chrome.