After a hectic few weeks we’re delighted to present the new Viadeo user interface.
With feedback from our members, we realised that one of the key issues facing the website was the complexity of navigation. Usability and ergonomics are at the core of the user experience, and the satisfaction of our members is at the core of our business, so solving this issue became a priority for us.
And what does the new navigation bring? Read on…
More for your time
Messages and profile views have moved to the right hand side of the navigation bar to give you a real time preview of communications from other members without having to navigate away from your current page on the site.
The website as a whole is quicker to navigate with the new user interface, which focuses on the 4 core areas of our members’ professional lives online:
- Personal branding (your profile and online CV)
- Engaging online (sharing news, forums, blogs, questions etc)
- Career development (recruiters, jobs and higher education)
- Contact management
We’ve also upgraded the member search engine to give intelligent search results and member suggestions in order to cut down the time you spend searching for other members on the site.
More social engagement
The focus of the first page you hit when you log in to Viadeo is the newsfeed; your instant route to communicating with other members and catching up on all the recent activity in your network. Here you can immediately find out what your contacts are doing on the site, what articles they’re reading, who they’ve connected with and what they’re working on.
Conversely, if you want to bring interesting content to your networks’ attention, you just need to use the new Viadeo Share button. This will automatically create a newsfeed item that you can share to the rest of your network.
Browsing the Engage tab, you’ll now find all the areas where you can engage with other members collected together and just 1 click away. Members browsing in English will also notice a new injection of high quality business news content from CNN, Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, which you can share, re-share and discuss with your network.
More for your career
The new navigation also brings social job hunting and an upgrade to the Career Centre on the site. Access to both to the recruiter tools and to job ads are now much quicker and include personalised recommendations for job seekers. You can also now search in multiple locations for job vacancies and create search alerts via email or RSS feeds.
For recruiters, there are upgraded talent bank tools, better visibility for their job ads and instant alerts from applicants.
More exciting developments on the way so watch this space!