We've been doing some things behind the scenes here at Gizmodo over the last few months that we think you're really going to love. So, without further ado: welcome to the new-look Gizmodo Australia — your newly-renovated home for the best tech and online content on the world wide web. Here's what's new.
Thanks to the exceptional efforts of our tech team, we've finally rolled out membership! You can now log in to Gizmodo and leave your comments with your own unique ID and avatar.
Membership has its privileges. As a member, you can have your own unique ID registered to your email address for commenting across Gizmodo, Kotaku and Lifehacker, you can have your own avatar, your own profile, and you can also edit and report comments.
You can still leave comments as an unregistered user of the site, but to report and edit comments, you'll need to be registered.
Registration is at the top right hand side of every page on Gizmodo. The tech team has done everything possible to make registration as easy as falling off a log. You'll notice a few things when you go to sign up, including your username.
We're making usernames act like Twitter handles (the only difference is that you can't change it after it is first set). That means they have an @ in front of them. We're doing this so that when we roll out Notifications in your user profile, you will more easily be able to see who is talking to you, about you and with you.
You can also select a display name, primary email address and change newsletter options once you log into your new User Profile
Once you've completed your registration, you'll be given your own profile. Exciting!
On your profile you'll see your pretty face, your @username, display name and your primary email address.
You'll also notice Newsletters and Special Offers. We're working on these right now, so you won't see any content come through for a little while. Tick them if you're interested in getting a newsletter from any of the three sites though, and you'll be the first to get the newsletters when they come around.
Related email addresses is something you'll need to fill out if you've ever commented on Gizmodo, Kotaku or Lifehacker with any other email address than the one you're using. By inputting that information, you'll take ownership of these comments into your new user profile across the sites.
We've thrown open the curtains, cleared off the dust and given everything around the site a major spruce. It's the Gizmodo you know and love, just with more funky fresh thrown in. You'll notice immediately a new font all over the page, an updated top category bar and an updated carousel. There's loads of other smaller tweaks in there for you to see and enjoy, but those are the major ones. For example: go and log-in or leave a comment and look at the fancy bar that drops down. Very sexy.
This is the first step in a long journey of cool additions coming to Gizmodo. Membership is the base platform we're installing so that we can give you some more great stuff in future. Watch this space!
Image: Stuart Addelsee