Christian Burtchen on 15.03.2012 at 18:10h CET
Update: All available spots for the conversation view are taken for now. Of course we’re working hard to increase the future availability of this feature.
XING Beta Labs was launched in December 2011. Since then, we’ve been working at full speed to develop features like polls so we can roll them out to our members as soon as possible. Now we want to take things a step further by making it even easier for you to find out which features we’re currently working on, i.e. what we’re likely to ship to the platform in the future.
So what does this change involve? If you go to the sidebar on the left of your screen, you’ll now see a conical flask icon that you can click on to go to the XING Beta Labs. As this is a laboratory, everything listed here is currently being experimented on so you may see projects disappear or change considerably during the development process.
One of the projects now available is the conversation view, which we’re initially only rolling out to 10,000 users in order to limit the amount of required resources. The conversation view summarizes your personal messages so that you can see your entire written correspondence with one or more people on a certain subject. Individual messages are listed below one another in a compact view that just shows the first few lines of each message. To view a certain message in full, all you need to do is click anywhere in the compact message view which will then expand to display the entire message. You may well have come across this before if you have a smartphone or email program that already has this feature.
Happy testing in the XING Beta Labs and have fun with the conversation view!