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rainmaker1145
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Clinton L Member Since: Mar 3, 2021
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Today, when I went to look for my work, I noticed that my saved searches had been removed from the desktop version.  However, they are still accesible through the mobile app.  Is there anyway to have the saved searches show up in the desktop version?  This would make searching for work a lot easier. 

 

Thank you in advance.

 

kochubei_valeria
Community Manager
Valeria K Community Manager Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Hi Clinton,

 

We're testing some changes on Find Work page to help talent use their feeds and search more effectively. As a part of this test, your saved searches will show if you click on My Feed tab on the left hand panel. Please, note that saved searches power your Feed and allow you to configure it to show the jobs you'd like to see.

~ Valeria
Upwork
xrmsquared
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Anthony W Member Since: Nov 25, 2016
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Hi Valeria,

 

I realise you will always get push back on UI changes, however...

 

Saved Searches are more primary than Recent Searches

I would make the comment that Saved Searches are much more important and primary than Recent Searches – which remain in the Find Work left-panel navigation UI (and they take up a lot of space).

 

Scrolling is required to see a longer list of searches

If you have more than 4 or 5 saved searches, not only is the freelancer an extra click away from accessing their searches, the freelancer has then to scroll to the right in order to see their remaining searches.

 

In addition to that it's not possible to scroll across the list with a touch gesture, as I just attempted on my iPad.

 

Up to 3 extra clicks are required to find some searches

Upwork has just put hurdles up to freelancers finding appropriate jobs in accordance with their own preferences.

 

The 'bubble' design doesn't make sense

Implemented as they are, the bubbles for these searches in their new location are less easy to read than their old equivalents in the Find Work left-panel UI, in smaller type, and in (dark)grey-on-grey text.

 

Their design is also the same as the bubbles which denote the technical skills required for projects in the feed below.

 

That doesn't make intuitive sense - those technical skills bubbles are primarily for incidental informational purposes; but the freelancers' searches are a primary navigational tool on the page.

 

To be intuitive, to stand out distinctly as a navigational feature, and to be appropriately legible, they should be larger in size and not implemented in the same colours as the technical skill requirement bubbles below.

 

All other key navigation on these pages is in larger type, and most of those are green in colour.

 

So this is a relegation in more than one sense in the UI.

 

Freelancers' own searches are important to them

I take it that Upwork believes that their algorithms are smarter than their freelancers...

 

But I like my own configured searches - they are there for good reason - and I'd much prefer them to be front-and-center on the Find Work page, as they were – they are my primary method of finding appropriate projects.

 

Tag-cloud > single row scroll list

At least if Upwork is going to insist on relegating these searches to 'My Feed', could they please be re-worked in this UI redesign so that the text is a little bigger, use some green colour to denote that they are a navigational feature, and that they appear as more than one row of 'text bubbles'?

 

Kind of like a tag cloud at the top of the feed, rather than being implemented as a single row with a scroll function to access those searches which do not fit (very much a pita tbh).

kochubei_valeria
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Valeria K Community Manager Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Thanks so much for sharing your observations and feedback, Anthony! This is very helpful and I've already shared your comment with the product team. We'll look into that issue with scrolling on iPad as well.

~ Valeria
Upwork
xrmsquared
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Anthony W Member Since: Nov 25, 2016
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In addition, Valeria, I notice another difficulty brought about by the new location of our saved searches 👇

 

Frequently-used Saved Searches could be hidden by the scroll feature

A freelancer's favored / most-used search or searches might only be accessible by scrolling across the list of saved searches at the top of the My Feed page.

 

This represents an additional loss of immediacy of access to these regularly-used searches compared to their previous location in the left-nav of the Find Work page UI.

 

Feature Request: Ability to Re-Order Saved Searches

A helpful and hopefully minor new feature to add would be for the freelancer to be able to change the order of their saved searches.

 

Currently, when we use the Edit Saved Searches feature and are presented with its dialog, we are only able to delete the search, or to click through to modify & run it.

 

It would be beneficial if in this Edit Saved Searches dialog, the freelancer had the ability to pick up, drag and position their saved searches in the list — thus enabling the Freelancer to ensure that their most commonly-used and valued searches are immediately presented when browsing the My Feed page — without having to use the scroll feature (which will in this scenario become a very repetitive exercise).

 

 

hannahskurnik
Upwork Staff
Hannah S Upwork Staff Member Since: Dec 15, 2017
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Hi Anthony, thank you so much for the feedback and the thoughtful layout. We are taking all your points into consideration. We are also looking into the issue you highlighted regarding swiping on your iPad. Can you please share which iPad you're using and the version of ios? 

xrmsquared
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Anthony W Member Since: Nov 25, 2016
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Hi Hannah,

 

I had missed your reply with regards to the updated My Feed page and the inability to swipe left and right across the list of Saved Searches using the iPad.

 

The iPad I am using is a 7th Generation model running iPadOS 14.5.1. 

 

 

 

 

wescowley
Community Guru
Wes C Member Since: May 3, 2019
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Valeria K wrote:

We're testing some changes on Find Work page to help talent use their feeds and search more effectively. As a part of this test, your saved searches will show if you click on My Feed tab on the left hand panel. Please, note that saved searches power your Feed and allow you to configure it to show the jobs you'd like to see.


This change is not helpful and makes search less effective, not more. It now takes multiple clicks to scroll through the saved search list to find the filtered list we're looking for. We also now have to scan two directions to find the option we want, since some items are listed on the left side and some are on the scroll bar. Previously, we just had to scan up and down on the left, and we didn't have to remember that the option we're looking for is a saved search vs a category to know where to look.

 

To make this page more effective, please put the saved searches back the way they were, and default the page to "My Feed" vs "US Only" to save another click (or remember the user's last choice). 

 

And, this new Most Recent option that was just added to the page? It says it lists the most recent jobs that match my skills and profile description. The first jobs on it are logo design, SaaS development,  Amazon storefront setup, public relations strategist, illustrator, voiceover talent, website migration, Hubspot development, tax prep, etc.

 

I'm an editor. None of this is remotely close to my skills or profile description.

 

sparkesusan
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Susan S Member Since: Aug 22, 2020
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I agree!  I really liked the My Feed vs US Only.  This is now a mess to work through.

williambernal
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william b Member Since: Jan 3, 2015
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 job feed is also wiped clean. I can no longer access the invaluable filters I've depended on for years.

This happened 48 hours ago and right now searching for new jobs is not worth the time and effort.

 

What gives UW?

wb

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