After being “almost done” for the last couple weeks (months?), the newly redesigned Dropular has been released into the wild. Dropular, like FFFFOUND and vi.sualize.us, is a social bookmarking site for images. I used it a fair amount when it first came out; I liked how clean and streamlined the design was. It was also very easy to tell how images got to the front and what the “top” image criteria was (unlike FFFFOUND, which is a complete mystery to me). You could organize the content by “most dropped” of all time, the month, etc. You could also roll over images to see quickly how many people had added it to their collection. And if I remember correctly, there was an infinite scroll, which increased the likelihood that you would spend an inordinate amount of time browsing the backlog.
I haven’t really had a chance to play around with the new site too much yet, but it’s here and ready for testing. Everything looks OK to me thus far — it’s definitely still under development, so it’s kind of hard to judge whether or not things have improved. At the moment, most of the features I loved and mentioned above appear to be gone. Hopefully they are still to come (they have stated numerous times that features will continue to be rolled out as the release progresses).
It looks like registration will soon be open for new users, so keep an eye out if you didn’t have a chance to get an account last year.
Image via Olly M (was the first thing I Dropped when I signed up last year. Perhaps an apt motto for the Dropular development team…)
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Shelby says:April 19, 2010 at 11:23 am
Honestly at this point I’m not sure what to think. Those 6 months or so really made me build up this idea that the new dropular would just be a more refined version of the first. But of course with the addition of new features.
I’m quite curious to see how the site plays out over the next few weeks/months.
alex says:April 19, 2010 at 11:26 am
Agreed. The development process really made it seem like the new one was going to be completely crazy and amazing. At this point, it seems like not much changed and they just released it mid-development. At the moment of release, you couldn’t add new drops (a core feature I would have thought).
vic says:April 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm
my browser won’t load it :( so upset.
Kyle says:April 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm
I’ve been eagerly awaiting this new release. Quite disappointing. I miss the way they tiled everything to perfect, vertical columns with the same width. It felt so organized. However, I do like the updated logo. Never liked the metallic 3d drop over a grey circle. I dunno, if I were them I’d have waited until all the features were built in. I was expecting something way more eye-catching and beautiful.
zx says:April 20, 2010 at 9:20 am
How about weheartit.com? The best from all for me so far.
Alphonse says:April 20, 2010 at 10:03 am
Anyone being able to register could very easily make Dropular the place where you go to get attention.
I just hope it doesn’t become a dumping ground for emo and hipster garbage like a lot of these other sites are.
Scott says:April 20, 2010 at 10:35 am
I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of the new Dropular and was quite disappointed as well. I def want to see what they do with it.
The newcomer Lookwork.org is sooo good. It’s what I was excepting with Dropular.
MMC says:April 20, 2010 at 10:57 am
I hope they bring back the nsfw filter and videos. Two of my favorite Dropular features.
Orlandomoe says:April 26, 2010 at 1:20 pm
“I just hope it doesn’t become a dumping ground for emo and hipster garbage like a lot of these other sites are.”
I think it’s too late, the problem I have with this Bookmarks sites is the garbage that some people drop there, animated gif, overated designers, cliche pictures from tumblr, and wehearit, I’m the only one who thinks this kind of bookmarks sites sucks?