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Welcome to the new and hopefully improved 22 Words

Jun 25, 2013 By Abraham

OK, I’ll be honest… I just Googled “welcome to the new redesign” to see if I could find out how other sites have introduced their new designs, hoping I could come up with some ideas for this post.

I see that Engadget and Mashable both released new versions of their sites at the end of last year and they introduced the changes with long, detailed articles about the changes.

That’s not really how I do things.

I suppose I could, but it’s one in the morning as I write this. Two programmers are currently working on the nitty-gritty stuff that will make this new site work…in theory. And I’m watching them go back and forth on Skype while I eat pumpernickel pretzel sticks and try to stay awake.

Anyway. Here’s the new 22 Words. We like it and we hope you do, too.

Even though the site is newly launched, we already have a list of improvements we’d like to make including speeding up load time and tweaking the posts’ organization a bit (so that you’ll never want to leave…MWAHAHAHA).

And, of course, there will be bugs. If you find any, we’d really appreciate it if you let us know about them. We’d also be very happy to hear any ideas you have to make the site better.

Otherwise, please carry on enjoying 22 Words. We really are thankful that you check this site out and we intend to continue enhancing it so that you’ll be excited to keep on coming back.



  1. Pspaughtamus says:

    I know you have links to the contact page, but I’m contrary.

    I have this page up in Chrome, Firefox and Innertube Exploder. In IE, the Name, Email and Website fields are aligned, but the other two have Email indented to under the Name field, and Webs (all that shows in FF)/Websit (Chrome) is indented to under the Email field. I don’t see any ads, even in IE (I have AdBlock on the other two), so the “I hate the video ad” commenters won’t have anything to comment about.

    For things I like, I love that I can navigate the 8 most recent posts from any page, I can see if you’ve posted something new, in addition to the older posts at the top and bottom. I like that if I am on an older post, I can use the “Older” and “Newer” buttons to wander around.

    Things I don’t like: I miss having the “recent comments” on the right, even comments from spammers led to older posts I hadn’t seen, and updated comments on ones I had. I REALLY hate using the forward and backward arrows to navigate. This is the 5th time I’ve had to restart this comment. I’d see an error to correct, and without thinking I used the back button (not backspace/erase), and wound up losing my work because that’s one way to get to the previous post. I finally got smart and used the mouse to maneuver the cursor.

    I’m curious to see what others like and don’t like.

    1. Abraham says:

      Thanks for the feedback!

      Recent comments will be returned to the sidebar in short order.

      We will set the arrow navigation to be disabled if you’re in a text field. Deactivating it until then… Sorry! :/

    2. Josh S says:

      Arrows should now work correctly in comments and still move you from post-to-post outside comments.

      You may need to clear your cache for it to work.

  2. Kristine says:

    It definitely looks more catchy. However, I do miss the recent comments thing. Also I’d prefer to see more lines of text on a post on the main page before deciding if it is click-worthy.

    In thinking about this I suppose this is like Starbucks latte level ordering… for a service I don’t pay anything for… :)

  3. heather says:

    NO PICTURES!!!???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????
    I flippin’ hate it! Now I have to find another funny page.

  4. Tracy says:

    First off — been loving this site, and I’m excited about the new look! Thanks for all the hard work!

    Small bug report … Character encoding is hard. I’m using Firefox and sometimes when I load pages I see awkward characters instead of the quotes or whatnot that are supposed to be there. Passing a page of content through the W3C validator, it confirms: “No Character Encoding Found! Falling back to UTF-8.” I’m sure your two devs can StackOverflow the rest. :)

  5. Matt says:

    With the smaller images representing each post, and the video not directly embedded into the summary front page, its a but more clunky to navigate quickly. I can’t simply scroll down, read the gif and jpg posts directly, play the videos I’m interested in and move on. Instead I need to dig a layer into each post. I’ll end up checking out fewer posts this way.

    1. jellybean says:

      agreed. I’ve been following this website since there were only 1,000 followers or so, and I really love it. But I’ll find myself clicking on fewer videos and posts if it navigates me to a new page every time.

      All the same, love the posts and daily bit of humor you add to my day!

    2. Eki says:

      I agree too. I loved how I could see everything I needed from the front page and only click on the things I wanted. This was THE appeal for me to keep coming back. The new layout is nice looking but not as functional in my oppinion. I could live with it if you tweak it a bit and allow video playback from the front page instead of opening another page.

    3. Andrew says:

      I agree with this. I hate having to click into each post I want to read instead of scrolling down through the content. I like the content but this new format is mildly annoying. (Even though it looks nicer)

    4. Cristina says:

      I agree with Matt, Eki, Jellybean and Andrew. For me the old way was faster, now I need to click and wait until the page loads which at work in a non-profit with slow computers takes a bit longer. I preferred being able to scroll down the page to check out the posts that interested me right away.

      This new set-up is not that great looking either, it’s pretty common.

      I also didn’t check any posts yesterday and will probably check less now.

  6. Steven says:

    I’m going to be honest, I don’t want to have to use the back button to go between posts. I liked having the content surfaced, and then if I wanted to read more, or see more pictures I could. I get why you’re switching to this model, but I don’t like it. Call it laziness or call it bad UX, but I probably won’t visit as much. Best of luck!

    1. Andrew says:

      Yeah to be honest I don’t I’m going to visit as much either and I’m not trying to be mean. Just takes forever to read all the posts if I’m scrolling, clicking, back buttoning, scrolling, clicking, etc- on and on.

  7. Corey says:

    I’m on the same page as Matt and Steven, part of the beauty of the old site was that I could jump on scroll up or down and laugh, it was simple, and if I ever wanted that little extra bit of content I could explore deeper, now I only get as much info on the front page as i do from the facebook posts, doesn’t leave me with much incentive to actually visit the website at all.

  8. Kyle says:

    As a long time user I just want to speak for us all, it is terrible. It is too many clicks to get to the content I want. I don’t come to the site every day, so I go backwards when I come. I have to go through the posts click on them then click on the video to get it to play. Whereas before I could just click on the post, the video would play then I could click done and I got directly back to where I was at in the posts. I hope I am explaining this well but if you don’t understand email me. Abraham, sorry man but it doesn’t work well.

  9. Jean Austin says:

    Huge improvements! It definitely looks better than the previous version. The colors are consistent, the font is very readable, and the photos of posts on top and bottom of the page help keep the visitors and subscribers longer. I also like the use of the drop down menu per category it tidies things up.

    If I may suggest… you know I spend most of the time on the web through my mobile phone and/or on my tablet. The website could use a little bit of responsive web design so it would fit beautifully in smaller screen sizes. :-)

  10. Sally says:

    I agree with Corey, Matt, and Steven. I am not inclined to open anything, because so little information is displayed. It looks uninviting. Perhaps this is just a personal issue of difficulty with change….

  11. Jeff says:

    Have to agree with some of the others, I liked that it was a quick hit and I was on my way. Looks way too editorial now. I understand the need to grow and change a bit, but less clicks meant less time waiting. Anyone can say that whats just one click? It is an issue when I only have a few minutes to laugh or be amazed.

  12. Kellie says:

    The very first impression that I got at the top of the page is, “wow, this is a lot.” It looks very cluttered. The colors are nice, but there are so many ads and images on the page with very little space. It all just becomes too much visually. If I were new to the site, I’d probably not be very drawn to it.

    I don’t like navigating to a new page for content; I much prefer it surfaced. But I think maybe I will appreciate this format once I get used to it.

    Either way, I’ll definitely still visit the site daily! You consistently have some of the best content. Thanks!

  13. Amberle says:

    I tried using the “share” button to ad something to facebook and it didn’t work. I had to copy and paste the link instead, which isn’t terrible. I was still able to share it, but you should check that out! :)

  14. Melody says:

    I do love the design, as I mentioned earlier, but after clicking around for a while, I would like to see the home page display the full posts. You could still have page 2 and beyond display the excerpts but show the full posts on the homepage only. I think a lot of people visit the site several times a day to see what you’ve posted new, and it would be nice just to have a quick look at several posts at once without clicking through to each one.
    Just my opinion though. I know you can’t please everyone. :)

  15. Dan says:

    I thank you for all the hard work put into twentytwowords so I can enjoy it everyday. Yesterday I typed out a comment about visiting Mt. Rushmore ten to fifteen times. Whenever I press my left or right arrow key, my browser jumps back and forth. This is a not a big issue. Maybe the problem is with my Firefox 16.0. If so, sorry, and I take back what I just said.

    1. Dan says:

      The problem does not appear anymore. I just now see the message:
      “You can also use your left/right keys to browse 22 Words.”
      Thanks for everything. This twentytwowords layout is very clean and current.

  16. Emily says:

    I agree with the “deciding if it’s click-worthy” argument. It looks gorgeous and very spiffy, but I miss seeing full posts as I browse through, and clicking them if there’s more that I want to see. A lazy first-world problem, I admit, but the ease of the previous design was something that kept me coming.
    Buzzfeed has this similar thing where you have to click to see everything, and I don’t enjoy Buzzfeed as much. In fact, when browsing Buzzfeed, I once thought to myself, “If only they displayed posts like 22 Words.” :)

  17. Marylou says:

    I love 22 Words but I cannot tell you how much this redesign stinks.
    It is seriously BAD.
    I HATE having to open another page to see each entry.
    Please please please change it back.
    I can’t stand it.
    It used to look clean and orderly and now it looks like an Internet junk yard.
    There is so much going on at the top, bottom, and sides of each page.
    Have I mentioned I hate the redesign?
    I hate the redesign.

  18. Megan says:

    Just jumping on the bandwagon here, I am a huge fan and this is one of only a few sites I visit more than once a week. But having to go to a new page for each item is a really frustrating, so I realllly hope you change it back. Thanks for the awesome site!

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