Ten cool things you can do on the new F1 Fanatic

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Join in the F1 Fanatic community

A host of new features were introduced two weeks ago on F1 Fanatic and already many readers have been making use of them.

Here’s a look at ten of the most popular new features to help you get the most out of the new site.

Note that in order to do these you need to be logged in with an F1 Fanatic account. You can sign up for an F1 Fanatic account here if you haven’t got one.

Find out who supports the same drivers and teams as you

Are you a passionate tifoso? A lifelong Schumacher fan? Now you can show your colours and find out which F1 Fanatics support the same people you do.

To set which drivers and teams you support, log in and go to My Account > Profile > Edit then select F1 teams and drivers. Pick the driver or drivers you support and do the same for teams.

Your driver and team choices are displayed under My Account > Profile and you can click on each of them to discover who supports who. Here’s a few examples:

You can also find out who started watching F1 the same year as you.

In an upcoming article I’ll take a look at what this data reveals about who gets the most support among F1 Fanatic readers, so get updating those profiles!

Share videos

The F1 Fanatic Forums now allow you to embed videos very easily. Just post a link to a video from a major video sharing site and it will appear.

YouTube (public videos only), DailyMotion and Vimeo are among those supported. Here’s a few examples:

Share pictures

You can also add images from Flickr in much the same way – just post a link to the image in the forum and it will appear.

Been to an F1 race this year? Upload your images on Flickr and show off your snaps in the forum.

Plan your next F1 race visit

New place to discuss your race weekend plans

New place to discuss your race weekend plans

Speaking of going to an F1 race, the new F1 Fanatic Groups offer us a great new way of bringing together F1 Fanatics who are heading to the same race.

The old discussion pages for this purpose had almost 1,000 comments in some places. While this is a terrific amount of feedback, it’s not very helpful for a new user arriving at the site to find it all on one huge page.

With that in mind, each race now has dedicated discussion groups you can join. Find them here:

These can all be found via F1 2012 > 2012 F1 calendar.

The old pages will remain open for the time being. The comments will be closed at the end of this season, but will remain available for people to view.

Search everything

New-look search results

New-look search results

The revamped search box doesn’t just rummage through articles – it now also returns results on forums, members and groups that match your search terms, and breaks them down accordingly.

You can further refine your search in each of these four different sections of the site to find what you’re looking for.

The search box remains in view at the top of the page so finding exactly what you’re looking for is only ever a quick search away.

Use the name you want

Didn’t get the name you wanted when you signed up? No problem, you can customise your name exactly as you like.

Just go to My Account > Profile > Edit and tweak it accordingly.

Add a picture next to your name

A persistent source of confusion with the previous version of the site was how to set your avatar. Now it couldn’t be simpler.

Go to My Account > Profile > Change Avatar and you can upload and crop a new picture accordingly.

Get your inbox under control

By default you will receive an email when people send you replies of friendship requests.

You can alter which kind of notifications you receive and even turn them off entirely. Simply go to My Account > Settings > Notifications.

Leave the house

All the features of the regular site are available in the new mobile site, designed to work with the current generation of smartphones.

Keep track of your conversations

You can quickly access all the forum topics you’ve started through your own profile.

Click on the Forums tab to see which of your topics has been updated.

Bonus 11th tip: See everything that’s new on the site

If you’re a compulsive F1 Fanatic-checker there’s now a single page where you can keep track of all the new articles, comments, forum topics, activity updates and more going on across the site.

Go to Community > Activity and you’ll find all the very latest content that’s been posted by all users.

Suggesting changes to the new site

Tweaks and improvements are being made all the time so if you’d like to suggest one you can do so here. If you’ve discovered a problem with the site you can check the list of known problems and report a problem here.

What have you been using the new site for? Have you got a favourite new feature? Has it changed the way you use F1 Fanatic? Have your say in the comments.

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56 comments on Ten cool things you can do on the new F1 Fanatic

  1. Enigma (@enigma) said on 20th October 2011, 15:44

    @keithcollantine I clicked on Jerome D’Ambrosio (first tip) and it doesn’t find anything! Some sort of spelling mistake or something?

    I love the new F1F. The whole community is much more enjoyable (and custom) and I haven’t spent so much time here in a long while. Thank you for everything.

  2. PieLighter (@pielighter) said on 20th October 2011, 15:53

    Keith the new features are awesome, you deserve many beers. :)

  3. You should add Photobucket support.

  4. BasCB (@bascb) said on 20th October 2011, 20:10

    I have been testing it beforehand, and i am here quite often, so I am getting more and more familiar with all the possibilities, but there’s still so much to discover and learn how to best use!

  5. Keith, the updates are great, thanks! I’m trying to figure out how the name change works. Am I correct in thinking it just changes your display name and not your actual username? My username is Sharon and I’ve just edited my profile for my name to be Murraytastic, which I use on another site and also used to use for F1F predictions championship in the days before it was linked to my login. In the address bar, it still shows my profile name as Sharon, and if I log out and try to log back in I have to use Sharon. Murraytastic is successfully displayed next to my posts in the forum and it tells me that is who I am logged in as.

    It’s not a problem, I am just curious as to how it actually works! Also, now I have changed my display name, will the @ feature still work? When I click on my profile now, it says @Sharon, so will I still be notified if people use @Murraytastic?

    Thanks for any clarification in advance! :)

  6. Well done Keith, you’re creating a real F1 community!

  7. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 21st October 2011, 0:16

    A triumph!

  8. silencer (@silencer) said on 21st October 2011, 3:05

    I’ve been following this site since late 2009; and wow.. so much improvement ever since, especially discussions and replies on every topic with many people all over the globe.

    I still have one problem though… opera browser still can’t display full image on image gallery everytime I clicked on the thumbnail

  9. mskii (@mskii) said on 21st October 2011, 9:37

    It keeps getting better, well done~
    I’m only sad that the ‘reply’ ‘report user’ buttons are so big – I’m nostalgic for looking at that big unbroken wall of text!

  10. dirgegirl (@dirgegirl) said on 21st October 2011, 10:07

    I second all the congrats above. This was already my favourite F1 site and now it’s even more sticky!

  11. KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 21st October 2011, 23:19

    All the features of the regular site are available in the new mobile site, designed to work with the current generation of smartphones.

    Bit late, But I don’t suppose you’ve got any way of making it compatible with a Blackberry 8500??

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