New Project Petaling Street Website Review
Project Petaling Street, or commonly known as PPS to the bloggers of more than 5 years, is a blog aggregator website. Though the new PPS coins itself as a blog-ping aggregator – I’m not sure what’s the difference. Anyway, quick history is PPS was sold to a blogger and it laid dormant for 1-2 years since. The name PPS had became a myth and memory to bloggers like me, until recently.
Back in 2003 and 2008
According to the Archive, between 2003 and 2008, there wasn’t much difference in PPS. Except for the way it was developed.
In 2003, many websites were still using tables. Hence, you can see the layout maintained. But as we progressed into 2005-2008, PPS was developed on the MovableType platform and adapted the website standards; xHTML/CSS.
Proposed PPS Redesign
Sometime in that period, I took it on myself to propose a redesign for PPS. Designing for priorities and ensuring the user experience for visitors was my goal in the redesign. And with the help from Chee Aun, the redesign came to reality.
Though I laugh at myself right now for coming up with such a proposal. LOL!
PPS Now is Too Late
If you compared PPS now and then, yes, it’s a huge improvement. However, it’s nothing to scream about in my humble opinion. Simply because we shouldn’t be looking to improve, but to advance PPS forward right now. The reincarnation of an existing service which can’t compete with others now is personally, a wasted effort.
Nonetheless, I appreciate and give praise to the revival with it’s clean and orderly layout. Now there’s a structure behind PPS and new features like the voting, discussion, display and categories have given it a little more value.
But the current design can be much bettered. Especially concerning the most important duty of PPS, submitting a ping.
When you’re registered, there are some things inside you won’t understand right away. Like the Settings for instance. Even now, I don’t really know what it is but I think it’s suppose to be the topics I blog about. Maybe.
A good addition to the new PPS I’d vouch for is the bookmarklet. A tool which you can add to your bookmarks bar and click to add an article to PPS instantly.
I suppose this method is to replace the ability to ping PPS automatically. Meaning if you wanted traffic from PPS, you’re going to have to work for it, somewhat.
What PPS will have to do to succeed?
Well, first thing they’ll have to do is get the regulars back on it. Damn right. Bloggers like Minishorts, Suanie, KY, ShaolinTiger, SixthSeal, Saimatkong, Dzof and the list goes on. These were some of the bloggers I know I met thanks to PPS.
Personal feelings aside if any, PPS needs to look seriously into its approach of advancement and not only monetization. The competitors I’d put forth are like Digg and if you asked for a local example, Nuffnang’s Innit.
Project Petaling Street needs to set a new direction and get back in the game if it seriously wants to make a comeback.
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