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.
Yeah it would be interesting and fun for us hubbers who are serious about it,but what about those people who are just gonna go around and flagg everyones hubs because they have nothing better to do?
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!)
what is the criteria for photos only hub?
btw, like the feature, it looks like fun.
thanks alot for the feed back Paul!
I'm happy to hear that if someone flags a hub that it get reviewed by a human being instead of immediately taken down by a computer. Thanks for the info.
About the hop, I tried it but I was brought to hubs which I had no interest in. I enjoy typing into the field what I am looking for and take it from there.
You've been here 5 days, how many "nothing better to do hubbers" do you think there are? I think you'll find there are far more serious folks here than goof-offs.
BTW....welcome to Hubpages.
What a great tool! I just checked it out and I thought it was really cool.
wow, this is really cool! thanks! you guys are always coming up with neat stuff for us hub hoppers
I had seen this feature in my accounts page and clicked. I have visited few hubs from this feature and enjoyed.
Thanks for adding a feature.
I discovered this feature this morning and ended up reading quite a few hubs! It's a cool feature and it helps give hubs more exposure. Well done!
This is A Really Cool Feature Way to Go I Love it
I just tried out "Hub Hop" and love it ! It is a great idea! Thanks to who ever came up with it.
this is a very nice idea, Thank you Paul! HOP HOP HOP
Great feature Paul. Its similar to stumble upon.
I just browsed through this... fantastic feature...absolutely loved it! Thank you...
Very cool new tool Paul, just had a quick look. Thanks
Well - utterly perfect for frogs. I'm sure I'll get much use out of it. Thankyou Mr Deeds and co
The first thing that came to mind was a perfect time to release the "hop" with the Easter Bunny right around the corner.
My first hop delivered a decadent chocolate cake recipe YUM!
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.
Ok, I've been hopping. But I hopped through your link. Where is the hopping thing? The feed? I'm off to find it, surely you stuck it somewhere obvious.
We haven't decided where to put the link to it yet. So, for now, you'll have to get to it from my forum post. Soon enough it will have a home.
Just so long as it doesn't go at the top of the page of our own hubs.
Squidoo has tried it on several occasions under different guises. They don't seem to get the message that most of our traffic is hard won and we don't appreciate traffic leaks.
But it could work well for visitors coming via the hub homepage.
Ahh that explains why I can't find it then. Well, in that case, pop it on my profile. I have space
I love it , there is nothing like hopping to something new! Thank you again.
Could you put the hop in between the 'my profle' amd 'contest' button?
This is a brilliant idea.
This is a great feature, very easy to use and so convenient. I did wonder where the link was, but have since read it hasn't been given a special home yet, so will continue to use this link until . . .
The Hubbers Hop . . I just love it!
BlondePoet really coined it when she said
'This is a brilliant idea.'
Very fun! Thanks. I've been trying to make sure I do more reading in addition to writing, and this is a very easy and interesting way to do it...
Here is one little glitch, if you have to flag a hub it will not allow you to leave the comment. You click on the button and then the box for comment is clear and stands behind the categories.
It is amazing at all the upgrades Hubpages as has made in recent months. Now we have the Hop, cool!!
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.
I second that.
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.
between the 3 day limit and the registered user function, im sold.
i follow the make money category, 6 of the 12 i viewed in the hop were utter garbage, its nice to have a quick way to being attention to them and help keep up the quality of the site
but on the other hand, i follow the health category and they were all of impressive quality
I think this is a terrific new feature because you can really see what hubs about a particular topic are available in a short amount of time.
I love this idea, but will there be a 'button' or something so we can hop?
Aren't hubs suppose to be more than just pics? I mean those with NO words at all?
Asking here because I saw this hub through "HOP."
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.
I know what you mean Marisa. My only question about the hub I saw was the fact it was only 1 picture!!! Then there were numerous links that went no where.
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.
I havent seen an auntie or photo hub in the hop yet but I follow only two topics..one being the contest category..so far Ive only seen health hubs.
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.
Oh.... Dohhhhhh Laura
Im incapable of ignoring
just click this link and you will see a big green button
I know that, I just don't see the topic in hop mode. I'm already following it. I don't know, maybe I'm just too tired for something so complex.
I think I'm seeing a lot more topics than you because I follow a ludicrous amount of topics... That must be why I'm not seeing any of the contest hubs yet.
Love the idea
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.
Hi Paul and fellow hubbers.
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.
Good addition though, thanks again
Thank you for finding more ways of improving the over all performance of Hub Pages and it's community. I look forward to trying this new tool.
Thank you pauldeeds...You solved all my queries and doubts!!
What a great feature. It actually gives us somewhat of an idea of what Hubpage staff has to go through.
I hate to say it but there are a lot of crappy hubs coming through the system.
I believe with us helping it will make this a better place.
I did find some very good hubvs that got an up rating from me.
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.
Ok that's good to know Paul. I wondered where the ads were but of course Sunforged was the one that thought to ask. I just bugered of to start hopping.
Love the hopping frog thing when you click the hop button. Seriously - who ever thought my ass looked that good.
Will it be available as a Widget thank you Mr. Paul and HP team, you're awesome.
Just did some hopping. Rated up and down, flagged a hub or two and made comments on new awesome hubs.
Very stylomatic, Paul and team. Much grooviness to you all for your cool work.
Thanks Paul. You guys (and gals!) are always doing great things to improve HubPages. I'll have to try the new "hop".
This is similar to clicking on the "hubs" tab and then clicking "Latest" except that Hopping is more focused on our own interests. What a great idea! Thanks Paul.
Great idea! I'm very new to Hubpages, so hi to everyone!
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
Me too thank-you HP's
Me three ! Bravo, I like the link in the account section as well!
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.
I tried it out:) It was nice, that the pages, came up fairly quickly. I noticed I was able, to read more in a shorter period of time. Great idea:)
oooo a new toy? for us? AAAA Paul you guys didn't have to but thank you hehehe I'm off to play with it now
Great idea, thanks for the new tool, it is very useful.
Haven't had a good look at it yet, but it looks like fun. Hope to play with it soon.
Absolutely love this new feature!!! I've been addicted all morning!
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?
But frogs are meant to hop...
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*
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