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Showing last active users

Applying the final layer of polish on a product is fun, but it’s always more work than anticipated. The bit I applied tonight is a small detail to tell you who was last active on a discussion.

When displaying a discussion in a list we show the title and a list of the participants’ icons. The easiest solution for telling was last active is to add the name of the last person who commented lsat.

That didn’t seem like the right solution. Showing their name adds an extra piece of information for each discussion, pulls your eye away form the titles, and quickly makes the screen feel cluttered.

I adopted instead to highlight the user who commented last. As the order if the icons never change, you can tell who started the discussion glancing at the left most icon.

Screenshot of discussions within Kwoosh. It shows a list of discussions. There are user icons for each user that has participated in the discussion. The left most user started it and the highlighted icon was the last active user.

—jvd