I may not get the social aspect of Waze, but that's okay. I'm willing to bet many people aren't using the app as I do. Hardcore driving, and being a GPS geek. 8^)
This morning I updated and installed the new Waze before going to work.
The search engine seems to have been revamped. As far as I can tell, in a general search, your favorites are no longer returned, or your destination history, or the people in your phone book. (ISTR that there were other types of results returned, I just don't remember them off-hand.)
As for your destination history -- this is the one that I find the worst killer. It's gone -- simply vanished after an hour or so. This alone is guaranteed to make things much harder for me. I'm compiling a list of hundreds if not thousands of places that I need to deliver to. At the end of my work day, I would look over my drive history and use that as a list of places where I might need to edit the Waze map. Now that list is no longer there.
And the favorites list is still as disfunctional as always. The only order there is the order that they were entered in on. Even having them displayed in the order most recently used would be helpful. Just save all destinations as favorites before driving. (Well, the ones I want to look back on later.)
If I could roll back to the previous version of Waze, I would. But as I run Linux on my computers, backing up my apps is a lot harder than finding a way to back up my data.
Oh, on a side note, when my phone updated the software, I was apparently waiting for a 300 point candy for making 3000 edits. Today, while on my 11 hour drive to/from/during work, I ended up eating at least 15 of those candies. (It seems like whenever I shut off waze for a bit while at a stop, then turned it on after a longer than brief stop, I would get another 3-4 candies. Then nothing until the following stop.) Actually, I probably had more candies than that -- I couldn't always glance at the screen and I did have mysterious, "What road candy did I just eat?" moments today. I even had a moment where I was sitting in my basement apartment, looking at Waze for the destinations history to go over my edits (with the phone perfectly still on the desktop) when I heard candy-eating sounds without knowing why...
As I was already in the national top 50 for weekly points (mostly due to edits, I don't drive THAT much!), it should be interesting to see how many points I have tomorrow when they update, and see if they were credited to my account... Hmmm... Maybe I should have stayed quiet here...
I would also hear a "pock" sound indicating a new football/soccer ball appeared on the map, and I would see it for an moment, and then it would dissapear. But I would still get credit (3 points, with the popup showing that I just ate a road candy) for eating it.
So with Waze, it's been an interesting day. Unfortunately, it looks like I'll need to do a lot more manual work to keep doing the updates that I have, due to the lack of saved searches. And the additional problems with the new search engine.