Check out our August 2017 Community Update! 👋

We made a ton of changes in the past few month. You can catch up with them in our recent post.

Thank you so much for using The Open Mic and making it an awesome place to be!

Hugs from Toronto!

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Check out our brand new home page 😍

We love design! We love design that looks great and offers awesome functionality.

With our new home page it feels like this is not just The Open Mic, but rather The Open Mic 2.0!

We made a lot of changes and improvements under the hood to make sure we place your content front and center.

Here are some major changes:

  • Clear call to actions right on the home page, inviting site visitors to join the community (if they're translators) or use our directory (if they're clients);
  • Filtering options that would allow you to choose what you want to read: Everything, Featured or Articles from People you follow;
  • Articles are now displayed in a beautiful list with 3 columns and Title, Featured Image, Short Description, Category and Author Avatar and Name. A clear call to action button makes it super easier open and read articles, while you can also click on author's avatar and go to their profile and/or click on Category and go to category page to read similar articles.
  • New site footer (!) - you can't imagine how long we've been waiting to add it;
  • New category pages with clear explanation of what a particular category is about. Check this out;
  • New Contribute to the blog button on the home page and category pages to encourage people to contribute to our awesome blog;
  • New and super good-looking author box under articles;
  • The author box also displays social media icons that lead to author's social media accounts so you could connect with them;
  • View Profile or Send Message buttons allow you to send private messages or view profiles of our authors - very handy if you want to thank them privately or ask a question;
  • New Related Posts section displays other interesting articles that you might want to read;
  • Better mobile experience! We're making The Open Mic mobile first by adding new fluid and responsive mobile menu, along with other improvement that make browsing from your phone a lot more enjoyable;

And, of course, we made tons of under the hood improvements to make your reading experience even more enjoyable. We really hope you'll love the new look of The Open Mic!

Hugs from Toronto!

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New cover images on our social media accounts and new tagline 😃

Howdy friends! We're doing some teeny-tiny re-branding across all of our social media account to better reflect who we are and what we do.

Here's our new cover image:

And our new tagline: The Open Mic - Where translators share their stories and where clients find professional translators.

What's the point of such re-branding, one might ask. Well, we feel with our new and exciting direction that we're taking with the launch of The Open Mic for Clients and our new design, we need to emphasize what is it that we do in order to make it easier for our awesome site visitors extract the most value from our platform.

We hope you'll love our new tagline and cover images!

Hugs from Toronto!

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Check out our new user tours 💡

We love improving user experience, but you probably know that by now. :)

In our latest attempt to improve site's interactivity we've created a few self-guided user tours and added them at various pages around our website.

These tours are super helpful and explain the basic functionality of our platform and how certain things work.

If it all sounds complicated, check out Simon's profile to see what we mean (just make sure you open it in private browser tab. You'll see a pop-up tour that explains how our profiles work. It'll look something like this:

Pretty awesome, right? We have even more tours all around our website, so feel free to explore and find them all. 😃

Hugs from Toronto!

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New progress bar 📏

Wanna know how far you're into the article? Well, our new progress bar does exactly that!

Now, when you're reading an article on The Open Mic you'll notice a thin blue progress bar below our menu that shows how much you've left to read.

Very handy for those awesome long form posts. And here's a quick GIF that shows you how it looks:

Pretty cool, eh? 😍

Hugs from Toronto!

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New mobile menu 📱

Awesome news! We got a brand new mobile menu. We know that at least 50% of our readers come from mobile and our menu has always been our weakest link.

Well, not anymore! Visit The Open Mic from your mobile device and enjoy our new, super fluid and responsive menu.

Hugs from Toronto!

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New minimalistic look for signup forms 📧

As you probably now, any blogger publishing on The Open Mic can connect their Mailchimp account and add a signup form to their articles.

After some pondering we decided to freshen up the looks of those forms. So... behold the magical transformation!

Before

After

Pretty magical, eh? 😍 New forms are super clean and minimalistic, yet they do grab your reader's attention. We really hope you'll enjoy using them!

Hugs from Toronto!

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Site maintenance July 31-August 3, 2017

Howdy friends! We'll be doing site maintenance from July 31 to August 3 as we're transitioning to a new home page design (with some design improvements to our articles).

As a result you might see some weird things happening on home page, site's footer and in blog posts. Please, bear with us as we work during these days to make The Open Mic extra awesome for you!

Hugs from Toronto!

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We fixed a bug with our map

For a very long time we had a bug that wouldn't allow new members add their profiles to our awesome map of translators. Not anymore!

We fixed the bug and you can now easily add yourself to our global map of translators by editing your profile and adding your Latitude and Longitude (don't worry we have instructions on how to find those things too).

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We changed the requirements for translation rates

We just realized that it doesn't make any sense to make the per-word translation rates filed mandatory for members with Interpreter accounts. After all, interpreters don't charge per word,right?

As a result some of our members couldn't complete their profiles because they don't have per word rates. We removed that silly requirement. :)

You can still add your hourly rates, though.

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No published changelogs yet.

Surely The Open Mic will start publishing changelogs very soon.

Check out our other public changelogs: Buffer, Mention, Respond by Buffer, JSFiddle, Olark, Droplr, Piwik Pro, Prott, Ustream, ViralSweep, StartupThreads, Userlike, Unixstickers, Survicate, Envoy, Gmelius, CodeTree