New Literotica Toplists Format in BETA

May 28th, 2009

Two days and two major updates to Literotica! Yesterday, we rolled out the Series feature. Today, it’s a major revamp of the Literotica Toplists.

So, what’s new with the new Toplists? Let’s have a look:

Literotica Most Read Stories
Literotica Top Rated Stories
Top Rated Group Sex Stories

The most obvious change is that you can now view the stories on the Literotica Toplists by the date that they were submitted. We get requests for this feature all of the time, and we’re happy to finally be rolling out a first version of it. There will be more improvements in the future, but for now you can see the top stories submitted in the last month, year, or all time.

Another change is that we have added some story previews on the right side of the toplists. These are just small snippets of stories that show up randomly on the right side of the page in the boxes called “Related Story Preview”. Most readers are using wider browsers these days and this will hopefully give stories on the toplist a little extra exposure to those readers. For readers, it will hopefully give you a way to discover interesting stories that you might not have otherwise clicked on.

Behind the scenes, there are some more changes to the toplists as well, but more on that later. :)

So, please have a look at the links above and let us know what you think – either here on this blog or on the ongoing thread on the topic in the Literotica Forum.

Thanks for all of the feedback, everyone, and stay tuned for more Literotica updates very soon!

Literotica Series Feature BETA Launch

May 27th, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog, but don’t worry – I’m still alive! Not only still alive, but I’ve actually been busy working on Literotica.

I’m happy to announce that part of that work is coming to fruition with the launch of a new feature called Literotica Series. Here it is live on the site:

Literotica Series
Literotica Series Horror Category
Literotica Series Author Submissions

The idea behind the feature is to allow readers to find longer multi-part stories that they are interested in, and to give authors more control over multi-part stories that they’ve written.

This BETA rollout is just the beginning. Eventually, authors will have full control over their Series, and we will roll out more related features like comments and voting on Series, Series contests, etc. This is the first step in a long term vision to give multi-part stories a bigger place on Literotica.

If you have suggestions for the feature, please feel free to leave a comment here or post them on the Series feature announcement post on the Literotica forum.

Thanks for all of the ongoing comments and suggestions and more updates soon! :)

More Literotica iPhone Improvements

August 22nd, 2008

A few new updates on the Literotica iPhone Site:

1. The member search feature is now live.

2. The categories are now displayed on the New Stories page, as requested by everyone. :-)

We’ve also got some more improvements coming to the main Literotica site. Everything seems to take way longer than we thought it would (as it has been since Literotica started), but we are making good progress on a lot of new features and design upgrades.

Enjoy your summer and check back soon!

Literotica iPhone Mobile Site Launched

July 14th, 2008

Just a quick summer update to let everyone know that the Literotica iPhone site went live on Friday, the same day as the worldwide launch of the new 3G Apple iPhone. This is the first version of the iPhone site, and it’s pretty much in BETA still, but we think it’s a good start. In the future, we’ll be adding more features and tweaking it to improve the existing features.

If you have an iPhone, the mobile phone site can be found here:

i.Literotica.com

Let me know if you find any bugs or have suggestions for improvements.

Thanks! :-)

Putting Together The Pieces

May 22nd, 2008

Sorry for not updating this blog too often, but we have been working hard behind the scenes on some new Literotica stuff. Better that I’m working than posting, I guess. :-)

Today’s new feature isn’t a huge one, but we think it’s a good one. We have added a new block to the right side of some stories, above the “Similar Stories” block. The new block is called “Also In This Series“. You can probably guess what it’s for by the name, but I’ll explain it anyways, just to be annoying.

There are many many authors on Literotica who submit stories or novels in parts, as they write them. So, they will submit chapter 1, then two weeks later chapter 2, then two years later chapter 105, etc. One issue with this has been that the Literotica site didn’t tell readers when there were other chapters – either before or after the one they are reading. But all of that has changed, starting today!

Literotica will now scan all stories by each author and try to determine if each story is part of an ongoing series. If the story is part of a series, then the “Also In This Series” block will appear on all stories in that series, showing a link to all other stories in that same series. Here is an example of a story that is part of a long series. If you scroll down and look on the right side of the page, you will see the links to other stories in the same series.

We hope that this small new feature will be very helpful to readers when navigating the site. We also hope that it will help authors to get more readers following their longer ongoing works. We have more ideas to improve and expand the feature in the future. One obvious future improvement is to show “series” works together on each author’s submissions page. More on that, and other planned improvements, later. For now, please let us know if you find any bugs with the feature or if you have suggestions for improving it.

Take care and thanks for reading — and writing! :-)

Favorites Portal Design Updated

May 7th, 2008

We have launched a new version of the Literotica Favorites Portal.

The new design matches up more closely with the rest of the Literotica site. We’ve also moved the stories to the left side of the page and the authors to the right side of the page and made a few other minor changes.

Some recent projects, like the new Literotica Tags portal and Search, are intended to improve the functions of the page/feature. In this case, with the Favorites Portal, the changes are more about making it look like a part of Literotica.com. There are so many different pages and features on the site, each designed at various times over the last 10 years. One of our goals for 2008 is to try to bring everything together to give the site more of a unified look and feel. In theory, the site should be easier to use if all of the pages are similar. We’ll see! :-)

As always, please let me know your thoughts on the changes and more updates coming soon.

Modified Literotica Background Launched

April 18th, 2008

This news isn’t earth shattering, and I wouldn’t call it a new feature, but it is something that we’ve been working toward for a few years. After many designs and re-designs and re-re-designs, we have finally launched a new version of the Literotica story background. You should be able to see it on the newest stories on Literotica.com right now, and on all stories within the next few days.

Here is an example of a new story with the new background.

In case you don’t notice the difference, look at the blue area to the right of the story. Now compare that background image to the old one, which you can still see on the Literotica Story Index page.

Some Literotica readers have been making requests for a less bright background just about since we launched the site. Others have asked us not to change it because they are used to it. We hope that this new version is a balance between the requests of those two groups of users. The new background definitely is a change, but we think it’s a pretty subtle change.

Also, the fact that the new background design is a bit lighter than the old one seems to go nicely with the addition of the Similar Stories feature, the first Literotica feature that appears to the right of the main story area. Computer monitors have gotten a lot bigger since Literotica first launched, so there is some room over to the right of the story area that could be used by new features (like Similar Stories) in the future.

Please have a look and let us know what you think. Thank you for the continued feedback, as always.

John Stagliano Indicted for Obscenity, Launches Website

April 15th, 2008

From AVN News:

John Stagliano (aka Buttman) has launched a new Website at DefendOurPorn.org in response to federal obscenity charges filed against him and his company Evil Angel. The site includes news updates, links to media coverage of the case and a ‘Contact Your Congressman’ page.

The full AVN story is here.

The latest updates on the charges against him can be found in this AVN story.

In 2008 the government is still wasting time and tax payer money trying to stop adults from viewing videos of other consenting adults. How sad.

Literotica Story Tags Portal Updated

April 15th, 2008

The Literotica Story Tags portal has been updated. The new version of the feature is live on the site now. This version is redesigned and includes the ability to browse stories using multiple tags and a way to easily add and remove tags from your search.

Please take a look and let us know what you think and report any problems you find. As with other updates, we’d also like to hear/read suggestions for the next version.

Thanks and enjoy!

Literotica “Similar Stories” Beta Launch

April 11th, 2008

Just a quick update on the latest Literotica features. In the next few days we are getting ready to roll out a few new things in BETA. The first of those just went live on the site: Similar Stories

Take a look at this Literotica story to see what it looks like.

At the bottom right of the story, below the voting element and to the right of the comment element, there is a small section showing stories that are related or similar to this story.

Please take a look at the feature and let me know what you think. We hope that it will be another tool to help readers find what they are looking for within the ever-growing collection of published fiction at Literotica.

More new feature launches coming very soon. Check back! :)