I use activity feed to see what gems my circle finds. I'm circumspect in my circle, since I don't want to see 1000 people's stuff every day. I enjoy the feed I have. I actually enjoy looking at the entirety of my feeds each day.
As far as my own shop's action -- following that in shop stats is cumbersome -- there are extra clicks to see who did what -- the favorites just show, initially, as happening. On activity feed, links to click are immediately available. -- so I would disagree with the Admin's opinion that
" the Feed isn't the "most thorough way" to keep track of traffic to our Shops. The best source of info for that is our Shop Stats." is just not understanding how sellers use Activity Feed.
And "make sure you have good photos" -- yes, we know that. and yes, we do that. and, yes, everyone I see in my Feed has good pics. The rare exception is "some ofher favorites" -- But those I follow have great taste in who they follow, so even that is rare.
The current gallery pics work just fine -- of perhaps the comment is in regard to the new trend of tiny product images surrounds by an immensity of white space? Don't push that style. Again, I only see that in my feed in a few Treasuries -- and I ignore those as it is!
I actually enjoy looking at the entirety of my feeds each day.
I'll not look at them if the pictures get huge and scroll slowly. Not everyone does their work on an iphone with lightning scrolling. 1000's of sellers have older equipment that, up until the pinterest nonsense, seemed to work just fine for viewing on Etsy!!!
Or perhaps Etsy feels we should spend our Etsy profits on computers and hardware instead of feeding our children and paying our mortgages?