Introducing Our New Swap-bot Ambassadors!

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When we first announced the Swap-bot Ambassador program, we weren’t sure how much interest there would be… but we definitely received more applications than we anticipated! Thank you so much to everyone who applied. It is so thrilling and heart-warming to know that we have so many enthusiastic Swap-bot users!

I wish we could have accepted all of the Ambassador applicants, but since the program is just starting, we had to keep the list manageable. We based our selections on each applicants’s swap history, the age of their Swap-bot account (it had to be at least a year old), rating history, their region need, and their written application.

I am so excited to introduce our very first class of Swap-bot Ambassadors!

INTERNATIONAL AMBASSADORS:

mariadastrouxas – Portugal
CaptainAstro – France
Aankee – Germany
MissThundercat – The Netherlands
dodothefairy – Italy
mag – Singapore
dolcxvita – India & Southeast Asia
seraphina – Taiwan
BeeMGee – Australia
Toupti – Québec, Canada
thebragal – Ontario, Canada

USA AMBASSADORS:

doulakk – East Coast Region
chelle523 – Midwest Region
moonlightlaura – Southern Region
KateKintail – Washington DC Area
LadyRose – Louisiana
HeideC – Cincinnati, Ohio
susieq11 – Columbus, Ohio
ColoradoKate – Colorado
Lanie – Florida
marymary914 – Michigan
Rocktopus – Houston, Texas
grandmaroro – Central Texas
TheWhiteSquirrel – North Dakota
LauraAust – Iowa
queenelisheba – Southern California
dyp – Missouri
hollycm6 – Virginia
grimmlynn – Alabama
twobluecrows – Connecticut

Congrats to all of our new Ambassadors!!

Starting tonight, you will see this graphic at the top of each Ambassador’s profile page:

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Swap-bot Ambassadors are responsible for spreading the word about Swap-bot, distributing Swap-bot swag, and being engaged, friendly, helpful members of the community. In the coming months, we will be introducing each Ambassador individually on the blog. Look for the first introductions starting next week.

Missed the Ambassador application deadline? Didn’t get selected this time around? Never fear, we hope to keep expanding the Ambassador program and will be calling for new applications in the future. Stay tuned!


Updating Swap-bot HQ Time Zone

Over the weekend we were hard at work making a few improvements to Swap-bot’s hosting infrastructure. With the improvements, we made a few small, but important changes.

First, we decided to move to UTC (Coordinated Universal Time, also know as Greenwich Mean Time) as the official time zone of Swap-bot. Prior to this change, we used EST and EDT, but since we are a community with members all over the world, we needed to use a time zone that all of us could more easily understand. UTC does not spring forward or fall back, it is constant. With this change, we added an official Swap-bot HQ clock to the upper right corner of the page. If you are ever unsure of the time in Swap-bot land, look no further.

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Most of us are a few hours removed from the UTC time zone, which will require some pre-planning and thoughtfulness when swapping. Swap sign ups will still close at midnight on the sign up deadline, but it will now be midnight in the UTC time zone. The same time difference will be true when we are marking swaps as sent. The time difference is not ideal, but using the international mean time is more equitable for everyone on Swap-bot until we can come up with a more sophisticated solution.

Second, we temporarily removed Chat. It was not heavily used or very useful. We have plans to bring it back better and more engaging than ever in the coming months.

We are going to continue to make small tweaks to the site (and have some big ones planned), so if you see anything not working like you would expect, either leave a comment in the Help Discussion Forums or contact us through the admin contact form.

Thank you for you help and patience as we work to improve Swap-bot!


friday link love: National Doughnut Day!

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Happy, happy weekend to everyone!

Travis and I have a big Swap-bot working weekend ahead of us. Don’t forget: the site may be inaccessible tomorrow afternoon and evening. We will try to work as fast as possible to minimize the down time.

For now, enjoy these fun links…

Lot’s of recipes this week… did I miss any great craft links out there? Please share in the comments.


Scheduled Site Maintenance on Saturday

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Hello! Due to some much-needed site maintenance, Swap-bot will experience some downtime this Saturday afternoon. The site will most likely not be accessible starting at about 5 pm EST on Saturday, June 7th. It could be down for up to three hours. We are sorry for the inconvenience and we will try to minimize the amount of downtime as much as possible. Please plan accordingly for your swaps and let me know if you have any questions.


friday link love: May 30th, 2014

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Are you guys ready for the weekend?? I sure am! Have fun with these links…

Crafts:

S’mores:

What other links did you find this week??


friday link love: May 23rd, 2014

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Hello, swappers. Happy Friday! It’s that time of the week again… link time!!

Have a great weekend!! (Hopefully a long weekend if you are in the US!)


Ambassador Program Update

ambassadorBlogHello Swap-bot friends! I am so excited to tell you that we received more than 50 applications for the Swap-bot Ambassador program. Wow! I am so happy to see that there is a big interest in the program. The Swap-bot community is so lucky to have such enthusiastic and caring members!

…BUT…

Unfortunately, we cannot accept all of the applications at this time. (Mostly due to costs. boo.) So, I am doing the hard work of determining who will be in our first class of Ambassadors. I don’t want to rush the process, so check back for the announcement of the Ambassador roster on Monday, June 9th. I will be contacting all of the applicants by email before that time to let them know whether or not they have been accepted into the program.

For anyone who is not accepted this round, or for those who may have missed the application process, don’t worry! We hope to continue to grow the Ambassador program. Hopefully, we will be able to accept new Ambassadors each year. Stay tuned!


friday link love: May 16th, 2014

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Hello! Even though it is thunder-storming here in Brooklyn, I am in a summery mood. Enjoy these fun and tasty links…

Find any other good links this week??


Featured Swap: Crafty Card Making

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Do you love paper crafting and making your own creative greeting cards??

Our good friends at FaveCrafts and their sister site, AllFreePaperCrafts.com, are hosting a Crafty Card Making Swap on the ‘bot!

swapFaveCrafts is an extensive craft website full of craft tutorials and free craft ebooks. They have craft projects for all types of mediums, from crochet to quilting to scrapbooking. On AllFreePaperCrafts.com, you’ll find unending paper craft inspiration, with projects and tutorials curated from all over the web.

Everyone is welcome to join the Inspire Creativity – Crafty Card Making Swap, new and experienced users alike. For the swap, you create one handmade greeting card (you can find tons of ideas here) and mail it to your one partner. Include an inspirational message inside your card for your partner.

Be as creative as you like!! Make a beautiful card! Put a smile on your partner’s face!

Sign up for the Crafty Card Making Swap by May 20th. Send your card by May 31st.

Happy card swapping!


friday link love: May 9th, 2014

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Welcome to the triumphant return of Friday Link Love! Woohoo! SO many great things to share with you today… Enjoy!

And, finally… three really tasty looking S’mores recipes for you today:

What other awesome links did I miss over the last month???

Happy Mother’s Day, Moms!!