We've introduced a few new updates to the site this week that should help both followers/funders and project creators communicate better. We've always had a system where by users could comment on a project and project creators could post updates about their project. However, that in and of itself was pretty basic and unless the others routinely checked there was no way a user/project creator would know that a comment or update was posted.
From now on, whenever a user/project creator posts a comment or update an email will be sent out to each letting them know there is new information to be had about the project.
Additionally, project creators now have the option to allow only funders to see an update. So, should a project creator wish to put in a beta link in their updates for contributors they may do so without having to worry about it leaking all over the web.
Finally, people who contribute to a project are now automatically following it. This should allow funders to more easily access the projects they're tracking.
We are currently working on a new design right now which will bring enhanced abilities in the future. We'll keep you guys posted!