If you were a member of the old Open Diary site, you will notice some interesting changes in the new site. Some of the big ones are:
1) New login
On the new Open Diary, you can only log in with your email address and password (on the old site, you logged in with your username). This is a security measure to help make the site and your account more secure.
For more information see: Logging into your diary
2) The Friends list
On the old OD, you had Friends, and you had Favorites – and they were two separate lists. We always found this confusing, and it’s not really how the online world works anyway. On the new OD, your Friends list is one list. The Friends list is important because the people on that list can see your Friends-only entries, and you can see theirs.
You will find people on your Friends list already on the new site, if that person was both a Friend and Favorite of yours on the old site.
3) Saved Entries
On the old OD, you could save people in your Favorites list – this has been changed now to Saved Entries. The Saved Entries function lets you bookmark entries for later reading, so you can come back any time from the main menu and find those again.
For more information see: Saved Entries
4) New diary front page
The old OD had descriptions for both yourself, and for your diary. We’ve combined this into one description field that will be displayed next to your name and picture in your diary front page. The diary title has also been discontinued.
5) Expiring Entries
When you write an entry now, you have a choice to make it expire in a day or a week. When an entry expires, it disappears to everybody, but remains in your diary as a private entry.
For more information see: Changing entry expiration
6) Draft Entries
You can now save entries as a Draft, which is only visible to you. You can keep as many draft entries as you like, and can change them to published (visible to others) when you are ready.
7) Scheduled Entries
If you want to write an entry now, but have it publish automatically in the future, you can do that by setting the date and time for the entry to publish.
8) Embedded images and storage
You can add images directly to your entries now, and they are stored for you with your diary.
9) Private Messaging
Open Diary now has a built-in private messaging feature, for sending messages between members.