We would once again like to thank the founding Gather Guides for their helpfulness, creativity, and contribution to the site. It's a tribute to the original Guides that nearly 100 members applied to be part of the next class of the Guide program.
When the Gather Guides were first introduced last summer, their goal was simple; welcome new members to the site and answer general questions related to Gather. We still strongly believe a positive new member experience is crucial to keeping new members excited and engaged. However, in the weeks to come, Gather will be introducing several site upgrades that will address this objective with the help of technology.
In just a couple weeks, Gather will introduce dramatic improvements to the way members connect with friends and navigate the site. This upgrade will go miles in helping all users create a more personal, customized, and intuitive experience. You will be able to organize your friends into sets you determine and create, you will have more control over who gets to see your content, and Gather will radically simplify the process in which new members are introduced to the site.
Although technology makes our lives easier, we realize nothing takes the place of good, old-fashioned, human interaction. We are warmed by the fact that Gather has grown into a well-functioning community where people look out for each other, giving advice, help, and feedback whenever it is needed. By eliminating the structured Gather Guide program, we hope people will feel empowered to come forward and help their fellow Gatherers.
We look forward to keeping you informed about Gather's next great improvements in the days and weeks to come.