We've just opened up a new discovery tool that I'm excited about called Hub Hopper. It allows you to quickly browse through and read semi-random hubs that have been published recently, with a bias towards hubs in topic areas that you are following. It also has easily accessible buttons for rating and for flagging inappropriate hubs.
Our hope is that Hop will be both a fun way to discover interesting new hubs and an easy way for the community to help separate the wheat from the chaff.
If you have any trouble using it, or if you have feedback, suggestions, or concerns please post them to this thread.
All flagging a hub does is bring it to the attention of our moderators. As long as the hub is within our terms of service, there are no negative consequences. (But please do flag hubs accurately, our moderators are already overworked!)
Nice - how handy. I can't imagine any improvements from what I've seen.
(The thread with "Hop" in it caught my eye. I couldn't imagine what "Hop" might be. Thought maybe HubPages was having a giant get-together at a malt shoppe somewhere in the middle of the US, for the purpose of dancing and playing oldies. ) Oh well, I'm more likely to take advantage of the HubPages version of "Hop" anyway.
hopefully, the hop will only be visible to logged in users?
even then, can we voluntarily remove ourselves from the "hop" feed, Its a cool functionality as a reader but its not adsense monetized. I know we dont expect much adsense returns from fellow hubbers (rightfully so, im completely ad blind myself)..But, when an article gets featured I see doubled adsense returns so its not a completetely accurate belief.
Will the hop be adsense monetized before its completely live?
It kind of feels like my content is being used in a way that I didnt know about when I first published it. If the hop showed a teaser or was a frame over the actual hub, i would feel different.
Yes will this have AdSense, Amazon and the others added to it?
And since this web app encourages users to randomly hop around looking for a hub they like I can see this *royally screwing up* a hubs average "view time". Since "View Time" is a factor in hub scores it shouldn't be affected by tons of random hops in my opinion.
If there will not be monetization of these hubs content and/or it will mess with "View Times" then please give us either an opt-in or opt-out method please.
I like sunforged's idea of a short teaser, I would say 2 paragraphs would be good. Then if it sounds interesting a user can click through to the hub.
While I been wondering when HP would use a bit more Ajax around here this isn't exactly what I would have created.
View times from Hop are not considered as part of HubScore. One of the goals of the Hopper is to help us to more quickly identify low quality hubs and hubs that violate the terms of service, both of which are a drag on the entire community. If we allowed opt-out spammers would just use that in order to avoid scrutiny. Therefore it's unlikely that we'd do that.
Thanks for your response pauldeeds. I never considered AdSense not working properly in a hub loaded via Ajax. So that makes a lot of sense as well as why opt-out isn't a good idea either. I'm glad our view times are not affected.
Ok I like this idea now, I'm sold on it.
I do like how fast the hubs load via Ajax. It is so fast. Give us more Ajax goodies!
Ok, maybe I'm out of my element, but if the hopping isn't counted as a view and it doesn't affect hubscore if a hubber has read my hub with the hop why should he read it again? If he doesn't want to leave a comment and it doesn't affects views and scores with the hopping I'm loosing both of them. That is for three days I loose traffic, am I wrong?
Hubs are only shown in the hopper for the first 3 days after they are published, so it should not have any significant effect on long term traffic or revenue. Further, the hopper is only for registered HubPages users, and the chosen hubs are shown basically at random (good ones aren't "featured"). We do not currently plan to show ads in the hopper, although Amazon and eBay capsules obviously do appear. Because of the way hubs are loaded into the hopper via ajax (and similarly the preview feature in the feed), it's actually not possible to show contextual ads on them.
You will see Hubs that are just pics - usually Indian actresses! People create them because they get lots of traffic, so they think they're going to make a mint - then they discover it's not paying traffic (people come to admire the photos, not to click on ads).
I've tried hopping a few times now - is there a way to control which categories I see? If not, I'd find the constant Indian Auntie Hubs too annoying to use it.
Marisa I think it shows only the hubs from the topic feeds you follow. Like i only see the health hubs when I am hopping...But not sure. Just check which topic feeds you follow and which hubs it shows....That would solve ,my confusion as well.
Hate to be obtuse, but how did you follow the contest category exactly? I don't see how to follow topics of interest to me. Then again, I haven't spent much time figuring it out. So, if you want to ignore me, I don't blame you a bit.
I think I'll give my two cents opinion, without any intention to offend anyone, but I think it was a better feature the old topics page with a selection of hubs. First because it gave much more traffic to hubs, at least to mine; and second because in that way low quality hubs were put outside. I found it a great way to know about new hubs. With this hopping if I'm not one of those hubbers who publish consistently at least each day how many chance do I have to be hopped? Maybe I'm too much on the organized side, but I preferred to look at the old topics page. Also as hopping seems to show only Ebay ads I find this, as regards earning money, not much right as I'm not allowed to have them, and if someone look at my hubs only with that feature as it is I earns 0. And this leads to another point: can new hubbers like me have another option as regards auctions? Because without Ebay we loose a big option of earning money and also to write sales targeted hubs.
This is only my opinion, without any offense intended, thanks for reading.
I liked the rate at which the pages download quicker than usual.I realise I have to join more groups though as there were only 8 hubs to hop - Done that. I did find it hard to see the block with the options.Can we move it to the left side of the screen as I sometimes work off a smaller screen and the bar at the bottom doesnt move the block, only the page.
I love this new feature, and it is so quick to load! As Dale says, there is a lot of crappy hubs to be waded through and ones that are barely more than one paragraph long! But what a great way to find good new hubbers. Also there seems to be a tremendous amount of hubbers I never knew existed or were still active as they never use the forums.
It is a good feature. I was taken directly to a hub on how to enlarge your penis I don't have one of those appendiges, and I had no idea Hubpages had a section that accommodated this sort of how to! Amazing what you find without trying.
This is a great new toy. Found lots of interesting new hubs, and so fast! Loved that part. Do you ever plan that we could be able to select the topics to hop through or will it always run through our own "topics of interest"? It is great as is, I'm just curious
I am loving this Hub hoping. I often miss my favorite hubbers hubs, but this way I'll be able to see them more often, in addition I'll be able to see new hubbers or hubbers that I've previously not known. Thanks Hub staff for this wonderful new feature.
Well I need to stop hopping. It's just too easy to hop from hub to hub. I do wish I didn't keep getting picture hubs though, or find an endless stream of marketers just here to direct me at their websites.
I'm supposing there's a way to filter some stuff out?
lol UW they are. But ... I can't leave the damn thing alone. I really like using it. I just love the way it works. But - like others I hop onto a lot of piccy hubs, when I'd rather not. I've seen enough boobies and suggestions of nether regions to put me off my dinner.
Anyway - as far as I'm concerned, it's a cool tool. I've found some great newly published hubs, as well as a lot of crap. Spammers and copy artists beware - the hubhopper shows you sooooo much easier *nods*