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Hi everyone,

We are pleased to announce a set of new features to help shoppers discover great gifts for friends and keep up with new items from their favorite sellers. Oh, and it will notify you of when your item is featured in a treasury list, as well!

They’re called Activity Feeds and Circles. Here are just a few things they can do:

* You can add a friend to your circle, which will allow you to easily see what items your friends favorite, giving you great ideas for gifts.

* You can add an Etsy member to your circle whose taste you love to get great shopping ideas! Hey, you gotta shop for yourself, too :)

* You can find out every time your item is featured in a treasury list.

* You can see when your favorite sellers have listed a new item, so you will remember to go back into their shop and grab the latest and greatest!

All these events and more appear in your activity feed, which is linked at the top of every Etsy page. Start adding members to your circle today through either our new people search feature linked to from the circles page in your member profile or visit any member profile page and click the “Add to Circle” button.

Want to learn more? Check out the following help pages.

What is my circle?

What is my activity feed?

How do I manage my privacy settings for Circles and Activity Feeds?

We will be adding new features to the Activity Feeds, so stay tuned! We'd love to hear your ideas of what you'd like to see here, both as a buyer and as a seller, and we welcome your feedback about how to make this feature even better in the thread below!


Posted at 7:15am Dec 1, 2010 EST


Here's a list of some of the more frequently asked questions so far. Thanks for all the feedback and interest! Now go start your circle.

Q. Where do you see who has added you to their circle?
A. You'll get an email notification every time someone adds you to their circle. You can also go to your circle page through your member profile where you can select the tab "Circles you're in" to see a list of people who have added you.

Q. Who can see my activity feed?
A. No one can see your activity feed. People who have added you to their circle will see some of your activity on the site but they'll never see your personal activity feed page.

Q. If my favorites are private can others see my favorites through activity feeds?
A. If you have your favorites private, they won't show up on anyone else's feed.

Q. Will we see when someone buys from another shop? And see who bought from them?
A. Nope - purchase activity ONLY shows up in the activity feed of the shop that you bought from, and you can't view anyone else's activity feed.

Q. I accidentally added someone’s shopper account instead of their seller account. How do I delete someone from my circle?
A. In your Circle, click on the user's avatar that you want to remove. In the toolbox that appears, click the X next to "In Your Circle". Removed!

Q. How do you search for people by their real names?
A. If you go to your public profile, click the circles link on the left hand navigation and then click on the "Search for members to add" link.

Q. Who can be searched by their real names?
A. You will only be searchable by real name if you've *explicitly* set it in Your Etsy > Public Profile. If you have not done this, you will not be findable via real name.

Q. Does a new or renewed listing only show up if someone has favorited your shop, but not if you are in their circle?
A. A new or renewed listing shows up in someone's activity feed page under the “New items from your favorite shops” section only if they've favorited your shop, not if you're in their circle.

Q. Does this new feature show anywhere that we're online or offline on Etsy?
A. Nope!

Q. How do I deactivate activity feeds and circles?
A. Your Etsy > Account > Privacy > Select "Disable" under Activities and Circles

Posted at 11:03am Dec 1, 2010 EST