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Today we’ve introduced a bunch of exciting new features to the site. Let’s quickly run through them!

What is Kickstarter?

For logged-out people who visit Kickstarter, we’ve added a simple header/pop-up that explains how Kickstarter works. Look for the blue bar at the top of the page. Newbie friendly!

Recently Launched

Recently Launched is back! Browse the latest additions to Kickstarter and race to become the first backer on great new projects.

Embeddable Video

Project videos are finally embeddable! Just click the “Embed” button under the pitch video to choose between embedding the video or widget.

Project Analytics

We’ve been working on a host of great analytical tools for creators, and we’ve got the first of these today: a handy graph charting a project’s progress. These are available only to creators on their Activity page. Stay tuned for more tools in the near future. 

Team Page

Curious who Kickstarter is? We’ve added a new Team page featuring a hypnotizing array of videos featuring all of us trying (and failing) not to laugh. We’re feeling a little awkward about this one today.

Jobs Page

Want to work at Kickstarter? Take a look at the Jobs page to get a sense for what we do and to see photos of our awesome office. Right now we’re looking for a designer and a product person. Is that you?

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    1. Ondine Rarey on

      I can't help noticing that you charge a pretty big percentage of any funds raised, yet there is no one available to answer any questions about technical difficulties with your site. Very frustrating.

    2. Mayakovski on

      Please disable the auto play on the videos. If I want to watch them I can click the play button myself. Please don't assume you know what I want.

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      Sarah Allinger on

      ^ This, please. I want to be able to check up on projects I've backed without having to pause the video every single time.

    4. Kenny Mitchell Vong on

      I hate the autoplay. I want to open multiple tabs without having to stop EVERY video. Because I want to check out more projects without having to rescroll every dam time. Fix this!!

    5. Evil Pear Network
      Superbacker
      on

      Autoplay is terrible, please disable it or at the very least have an option to turn it off. I browse Kickstarter by opening multiple tabs, and now I have to go from tab to tab pausing all of the videos. It's so annoying I just stopped browsing altogether because of the hassle.

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      Paul Mansfield on

      I agree with all the above comments about video auto-play - how did this ever get implemented? Each project takes longer to load as a result, then starts playing something I have already seen many times (or in some cases don't wish to see at all) until I can get at it stop it. It is very irritating, especially when browsing for new projects. When I do want to see the video I can play it myself - it only takes a second to click. Please stop this, before you put backers off altogether. And also, please make it easier to comment on such issues! I had to really hunt around to find this place to comment, and I'm not convinced that anyone is taking notice of it. I have friends who have raised support tickets over this issue instead - perhaps that is the thing to do..

    7. Jörn Huxhorn
      Superbacker
      on

      Could you please just fire the UX guru that suggested autoplay would be a good idea?
      It's an annoyance and wastes bandwidth since the video will buffer without ever getting unpaused again.

    8. Nate
      Superbacker
      on

      Add one more vote to disable autoplay. It's annoying as all get out. I can handle pushing play, thanks. Also, it is extremely frustrating when having to stop and pause while looking over multiple projects and switching between comments and campaign pages. Please turn it off.

    9. Michael Whipp on

      I agree with the above comments. Please turn off autoplay on the videos. I often leave kickstarter tabs open to keep an eye on my favorite projects, and I don't need the to start playing the videos when I reopen my browser!

    10. David (Jester's) Craft
      Superbacker
      on

      If an almost 5-year-old blog post is the best place to leave comments begging for them to turn off autoplay, we are in deep, DEEP trouble, people. I agree it's a travesty, but will they even notice?

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      gertschi on

      I agree, the autoplay function is very annoying. Hello? Someone listening? I hope we don't have to start an "Kickstarter Autoplay Off" Kickstarter to get this done ;)

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      Yong Hu on

      Screw the autoplay, i will want to watch the vid WHEN i want it, not have it chosen for me, bad move by kickstarter

    13. Leewelo Lorekeeper
      Superbacker
      on

      Please disable the auto play on the videos. extensively use tab browsing and this is as user-unfriendly a feature as you can come-up with! Spare my bandwidth!

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      secret squirrel on

      Autoplay videos are not welcome and they are very taxing when using my phone to look at projects. I'm less likely to LOOK at a project on my phone because of autoplay videos, therefore less likely to back something. Automute is NOT enough.

    15. Gozuja on

      Please disable autoplay, or provide a user setting that facilitates disabling autoplay.

    16. Ruben L.Z. Tan on

      Please disable autoplay. This is incredibly stupid. Who came up with that idea?

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      Jennifer Johnston on

      You can disable autoplay by following these directions: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2922403/how-to-stop-autoplaying-html5-videos.html.

      I installed the Chrome extension they noted and now none of the Kickstarter videos autoplay.

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      Chris E on

      Autoplay is horrible please show someone the exit door for not stopping it's implementation and remove it immediately.

    19. Daniel Haddon on

      Immediately fire the person who wanted to setup autoplay without a option to turn it off.

    20. Brius on

      Autoplay?? Seriously this crap is annoying. Someone wasted their time making this a feature that can't be easily toggled.

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      Cameron Cameron on

      Another customer here who HATES autoplay. For many, many reasons. Please pay attention to your customers.

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      calee on

      I'm throwing my vote in to get rid of autoplay. Sadly, some of us are also on limited bandwidth, and still get caught out by the autoplay videos. Even turned off, they still load in the background. And we really are able to click a triangle and turn on the video, if we want.

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      Michael on

      The autoplay on the video is TERRIBLE. Not only is it annoying, but I don't get to see the project image anymore! I'd bet that the project owners aren't too happy about their project image just being thrown out! Also, my friend who owns a project says that line graph on the dashboard had skipped to tomorrow sometime after 8pm our time (EST).

    24. Ala Hadji on

      autoplay is an annoyance. job well done.

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      Upeksha Pawar on

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