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This is a history, or timeline if you will, of significant developments in the LibraryThing system, family of products, and staff. And anything else important LT-wise.

See also
Key Feature Indexes


Contents

2005

  • Aug. 29 2005 - LibraryThing, begun by Tim Spalding, went live[1]
  • Aug. 31 2005 - CSV export added (blog)
  • Sept. 2005 - Original announcements about LibraryThing were posted (talk)
  • Sept. 4, 2005 - Tag clouds and Shared books added circa Sept. 4 (talk)
  • Sept. 24, 2005 - "4,078 members since August 29, 2005"
  • Nov. 3, 2005 - Talk feature first proposed (blog)
  • Nov. 20, 2005 - Collections feature first proposed[2]
  • Dec. 2005 - Abby Blachly (ablachly) joined the staff part-time; she joined full time when LibraryThing was funded in May 06

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

  • Late 2009, early 2010: STAFF > Stephanie & Giovanni leave LibraryThing (wiki update)
  • Jan 2010 - Many more events added to LT Local, including Barnes & Noble feed (talk), Powell's feed (talk), Waterstones UK & Indigo (talk)
  • Jan 2010 - Groups page reorganized: tag clouds, "local groups", dormant groups (talk), improved group searching, Welcome to LibraryThing! group added (talk), etc. (talk talk talk)
  • Jan 2010 - Local Books iPhone app available (talk)
  • Jan 2010 - colored (purple, grey, blue, in addition to previously existing green) checkmarks now indicate particular collections (talk)
  • 2010/01/18 - Statistics added on venues in LibraryThing Local, by country (talk)
  • Feb 2010 - Tag Combination comes back.
  • 2010/02/09 - New Picture System (talk, bug reports)
  • 2010/02/28 - Read-Alike Recommendations (talk)
  • 2010/03/02 - CoverGuess (talk)
  • 2010/04/25 - Spam works (flag and vote system implemented; see LT.com/spam_works.php for open votes; see LT.com/topic/89778 for announcement and discussion)
  • 2010/05/12 - BookSwapping - Catalog and other changes (talk, blog)
  • 2010/05/19 - Member Recommendations Voting (talk)
  • 2010/05/24 - Zeitgeist "New Reviews" added (talk)
  • 2010/05/24 - LibraryThing official Facebook integration (publish reviews) (talk, blog)
  • 2010/06/09 - OverCat official debut. (see: talk, blog)
  • 2010/06/09 - New look to sidebar sub-navigation menus. (talk, talk)
  • 2010/07/04 - Combining is turned off combinations that will change more than 200 books (talk)
  • 2010/07/19 - "More" tab gets major reorganization (talk)
  • 2010/08/10 - Shelves view (see blog, talk)
  • 2010/08/11 - LibraryThing for Publishers (see talk, and blog announcement, and blog for publishers, and publisher page)
  • 2010/08/19 - Melvil Decimal System introduced (talk)
  • 2010/10/06 - In-Talk Bug Tracking goes live (talk)
  • 2010/10/25 - STAFF > Sonya Green ([26] LT Profile) leaving LibraryThing (LT talk)
  • 2010/10/30 - Talk: Started by you (see talk)
  • 2010/11/08 - Publisher Series added as a CK field
  • 2010/11/17 - Search overhauled, adding and unifying many search modes and adding a small search box at the top of every page (talk)
  • 2010/12/02 - Graphs added to memes (talk)
  • 2010/12/03 - Independent bookstore events feature removed due to IndieBound removing their events feed (talk)
  • 2010/12/04 - Recalculate title/author function added to work pages (talk)
  • 2010/12/06 - Nationalities Graph feature is added - controversy ensues (talk)
  • 2010/12/07 - Group admins idea floated and discussed (talk)
  • 2010/12/08 - Publisher Series added as a work CK field (talk)
  • 2010/12/08 - Group image feature updated, bringing group images into the new image system, allowing for multiple images and allowing group image changes by all group members (talk)
  • 2010/12/09 - Country (for map), Birthplace and Place of death fields added for author CK (talk)
  • 2010/12/23 - STAFF > Jeremy Dibbell (LT profile) joins LT as staff (blog)
  • 2010/12 - Currently Reading list on work pages is removed (talk talk)
  • late 2010? - STAFF > Mike Bannister (LT profile) leaves LibraryThing

2011

  • 2011 Summer - Casey Durfee and Dan Raftery left LT.

2012

  • 2012/02/06 - Kindle/audiobook filters added to tag, tagmash, author and recommendations pages (blog)
  • 2012/05/15 - 12 million records from Harvard added to LT's Overcat index (blog)
  • 2012/05/18 - LT offers free accounts to booksellers for cataloging their reference libraries (blog)
  • 2012/06/12 - Tag translation feature launched (blog)
  • 2012/08/25ish - LT staff convened for the AllThing (blog)
  • 2012/09/03 - Legacy Libraries marks five years (blog)
  • 2012/10/25 - Lists statistics launches (blog)
  • 2012/11/19 - LibraryThing Local events adding/display upgraded (blog)
  • 2012 Dec 12 - STAFF change - Seth Ryder joins LT as SysAdmin. See: LT blog ancmt ... LT profile "syrder".
  • 2012 Dec 12 - STAFF change - Brian Stinson leaves LT. See LT blog ancmt ... LT profile "tabashco".

2013

  • 2013/01/02 - STAFF change -- KJ Gormley joins LTFL. See LT blog ancmt ... LT profile "kjgormley".
  • 2013/02/05 - LibraryThing Local gets an overhaul (blog)
  • 2013/03 - Common Knowledge hits 5 million edits (blog)
  • 2013/03/28 - Amazon buys Goodreads. LT begins discussing how to respond (talk)
  • 2013/04/03 - What makes LibraryThing LibraryThing? (blog)
  • 2013/04/07 - LibraryThing Local adds ability to mark bookstores and libraries you've visited (blog)
  • 2013/04/16 - Ability to view/sort your catalog by work rating is added (talk)
  • 2013/04/26 - "Share" button added on Add books page (talk)
  • 2013/04/24 - Various improvements to "date read" functions (talk)
  • 2013/04 - Many enhancements to import functionality launched (blog)
  • 2013/05/08 - Better Facebook sharing added (blog)
  • 2013/05/10 - Goodreads syncing improved (blog)
  • 2013/07/23 - Major site redesign announced (blog)
  • 2013/07/23 - New Home page design and features announced (blog)

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