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Best of Squidoo Dashboard Notification & The Gift Guide Topic

Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 11.47.32 AMTwo quick announcements.

Best of Squidoo Dashboard Notification – You will now see a blue thumbs up check mark on your  dashboard for lenses that have been promoted to our Best of Squidoo lists.

The Gift Guide Topic – We’re asking that Lensmasters change the topic of their lenses in the Gift Guide Topic as we’ll be retiring that topic soon. We want these types of lenses to be in their own niche area from now on. Easter Gifts in Holiday’s > Easter, etc.

You can easily see what lenses are in the Gift Guide topic by clicking on the Lens List button on your dashboard.

Tip - As you’re moving your lenses give them an update so that we can include them in the Best of Lists. Here’s some tips for making the Best of Squidoo.

Bonnie Diczhazy is the Editor-in-Chief of the SquidooHQ Blog. Send her a Tweet at @bdkz.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ruthi Ruthi aka abitosunshine

    Absolutely love the Thumbs Up! Working on those old gift guide lenses as quickly as possible. Thank you!

  • http://LifeInOut.com/ Susan Deppner

    Cool!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Brite-Ideas Brite-Ideas

    that’s very handy! thank you for this change :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/lhbeninger lhbeninger

    I happened upon the Best Of thumb today…and love it. Thank you so much for this thoughtful add (and including some of my lenses in the lists – that’s the best part, of course).

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/vikksimmons vikksimmons

    Very cool. Found a couple by two of my lenses. Not sure how to find the Best of list but it’s good to know. Makes me happy. :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/MSchindel MSchindel

    A big thumbs up on the thumbs up notifications, Bonnie!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Kylyssa Kylyssa

    Thank you for making it easier to track those lenses. Now it will be a snap to see how the new URLs are working out for them.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/bdkz bdkz

      You’re welcome!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ibidii ibidii

    Wow!!!! I agree with Kathy Schlickman Doyle in that I about fell out of my chair seeing that I have 4 lenses for the “Best of” category!!!!!!! Thank you Squidoo HQ! :)

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/bdkz bdkz

      Yay! Glad you found them : )

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/trudidyer trudidyer

    Gotcha!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Judy_Filarecki Judy_Filarecki

    Thanks for the dashboard change . It is encouraging seeing those blue thumbs up next to my lenses. I have also started changing topics for gift topics. I like the choices much better and are more appropriate.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/bdkz bdkz

      Thanks Judy!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/paperfacets paperfacets

    Sounds like good changes. I

  • http://www.squidoo.com/graceonline Kathryn Grace

    Thank you! Love it!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/graceonline Kathryn Grace

    I clicked on the Lens List button, but it does not show my gift guide lenses, though I’m fairly certain I still have some. It shows just three things: “All my lenses,” “Your works in progress,” and “GoodVeg lenses.” I’ve always wondered why it shows GoodVeg but not the other mags. Should I be seeing links to my Gift Guide lenses and to the other magazines?

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/bdkz bdkz

      Hmmm, let me know if you find one. If there’s no link you shouldn’t have one.

      • http://www.squidoo.com/graceonline Kathryn Grace

        I’ve found ten so far, all in the “Gift Guide” category.

      • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/tembrooke tembrooke

        I have the same issue, Bonnie — I didn’t have a Gift Guide link but I had a couple of Gift Guide lenses.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/tonyleather tonyleather

    I very much like this idea. Well done!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/CosmeticMom CosmeticMom

    Pretty cool and I hope it helps the lenses :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/JoanneOtt JoanneOtt

    Love the dashboard notification. Very happy with all the positive changes.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/bdkz bdkz

      Thanks Joanne!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/teriann teriann

    noticed the thumbs up and love the option to see quickly which are on the list. Thanks as always for making our job easier.

  • http://flycatcher.squidoo.com/ flycatcher

    Love to see that little blue thumbs-up icon!

  • http://flycatcher.squidoo.com/ flycatcher

    Len List button is just showing All My Lenses and Your Works In Progress – should I also be seeing a link to a list of Best Of lenses there? The item at the top of the dashboard shows 0 (zero) Best Of, but I’ve got a number of blue thumbs-up buttons… am I looking in the right place for the list?

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Mickie_G Mickie_G

    I just noticed the blue thumbs on my dashboard today. Thank you SquidooHQ.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Mickie_G Mickie_G

    Cannot find the “Gift Guide” lenses by clicking on the Lens List button on my dashboard.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/MarcellaCarlton MarcellaCarlton

    Great!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Wir55 Wir55

    Except for one lens, I don’t see my other 3 lenses on the lists of movies or books

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/lravidlearner lravidlearner

    First, the new dashboard notification icons are great and helpful!

    Second, I’m totally confused about how moving lenses from the “Gift Guide” to Holidays & Celebrations helps making them eligible for Best of Squidoo. If it’s not a Halloween lens, would it ever be considered for Best of… if I move it to Holidays?

    Third, I found the easiest way to check what categories my lenses are in is to click on “Categorize your Lenses” under Extra Tools on the right side of the dashboard.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/raveonstudio raveonstudio

      Oh yes perfect – I just did all mine only took a few minutes!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/partybuzz partybuzz

    Thanks for the thumbs up. There’s always something new going on around Squidoo. :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/raveonstudio raveonstudio

    Hmm I can’t see the Gift Guide heading either, but I am pretty sure I have loads in there. I’ll start going through and looking -

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Deborah-Diane Deborah-Diane

    I have moved all my gift guide lenses to different topics. I LOVE the thumbs up on our best lenses. What a thrill!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/jamalaezaz jamalaezaz

    Coool.. thanks for sharing..

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  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/favored1 favored1

    Thanks, I was wondering why my lenses were reading 97% pick a subtopic.

  • http://www.plusshe.com/ Moe aka @biggirlblue

    I have some thumbs up like the picture but the one at the top says 0.

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  • http://www.portable-batteries.fr/ ahearter

    well done !

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/milkcananime milkcananime

    Wonderful addition! “)

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