News, Updates & Announcements
Apr 21st, 2010
Promote your tea blog!At RateTea.net, we do not want to replace tea blogs or get people to stop writing longer reviews--quite to the contrary, we want to encourage bloggers to write more about tea, and to help people locate bloggers who write about tea. We have thus added a new feature allowing users to link their ratings to more detailed reviews on an external blog.
Blogs are organized so that newer material is more prominent. RateTea.net is organized in a different way, cross-indexing teas by brand, style, and region. Linking to your blog from reviews on RateTea.net can be a way to help people discover older posts on your blog that they might not otherwise find.
Don't have a tea blog?Do you have a blog or website that is not primarily about tea? You can still feel free to write a tea review whenever you like, and link to it from your RateTea.net reviews.
Tea Bloggers on Twitter:If you use twitter, you may find our twitter list of tea bloggers useful, whether you're a blogger yourself or just want to watch or join in on the conversation. If you do have a tea blog and you're not on the list, make sure to @-message us so that we can add you to this list.
Profile Pictures:Also, if you notice from the screenshot on the right, we have added profile pictures. You can upload a picture or you can select an image from a list. We hope this will help make our site more personal and help people to quickly identify individual reviewers.
Mar 25th, 2010
Bringing attention to changes & updates:
The tea of the moment helps you to discover new teas, styles, and brands of tea.
In addition to highlighting recent reviews, the homepage now also displays a tea of the moment and shows new and recently updated articles, as well as listing the most recently updated pages for styles and varieties of tea.
The new design is also easier to modify and maintain, so expect more additions in the future. Just as our number of ratings has grown by over 20% in the past month, we hope to continue improving the quality and functionality of the site.
Thank you!We'd like to thank everyone who gave us feedback on our old layout and our new layout when we were developing and testing it. We are always open to suggestions, so if you have any further ideas of how we could further improve the layout or any aspect of the site, please contact us!
Feb 25th, 2010
What's new since our launch?
- New material - As of today we have listed 2642 teas classified into 143 distinct styles, from 113 brands, and there are 378 ratings of these teas. We've also added more detailed information on many of the pages for each style.
- "People" Page - Note the new link at the top of each page. Right now this page highlights our top contributors, those who have rated and reviewed the most teas. As we expand we will add more features and information to this page.
- Improved User Profiles - Profiles are still minimal, but look a little nicer and have a little more information on them. You can edit your profile by clicking "profile" in the upper-right-hand corner when you are logged in.
- Sharing via Twitter and Facebook - You can now share your reviews on these social networking sites with the click of a button!
Our plans for the future:
Please let us know if there are any features you would like us to add or improve, or if there are any other websites you would like us to integrate with. We are planning to add profile pictures, and we also have a few surprises in the works that we will announce soon!