Have you ever used one of those fancy new e-ink readers? Compared to regular screens, it’s an entirely different experience. You can keep on reading for hours without suffering devastating pain in your eyes or being distracted by all the other stuff your tablet or laptop is able to do.
The Kindle is a great device and since we love it so much, we’re starting our Send to Kindle beta today. You’ll be able to register your device and have every article sent right to your Kindle.
If you’re a registered user, simply visit the Dashboard to sign up and join the beta. We’ll be in touch via e-mail as soon as the feature is available to you.
The color blue certainly doesn’t provoke too many emotions. It has a cold feel to it, a distance, almost a lack of friendlyness. Instead of creating an unsettling atmosphere, reading is supposed to feel just like it does in front of a fireplace back home. We expect nothing less of QUOTE.fm.
Today we’ve introduced a few new changes that will lead to an improved reading experience, nourish texts with personality and remind people of one of the very origins of type.
There’s no need to worry: The color blue will remain as there are many reasons to be held against changing it, particularly consistency and a certain recognition value. On the other hand, we’re able to change the type itself and breathe some life into the essential element of QUOTE.fm.
Sure, we’re aware of the fact that typography is a very complex field, for there are many strings attached to the slightest intervention and many sources of errors to be stumbled upon. Ultimately, though, it’s not hard to find a font that expresses the amount of personality we demand. We’ll simply use the most popular, an established classic used in every document in need of a friendly and personal touch. Comic Sans MS.
Here’s hoping that you’re pleased with our decision. We’ve run beta tests over the course of the last few weeks and determined that – in fact – it does improve the overall experience of QUOTE.fm. While it may take some time to get used to, it definately is worth the effort.
QUOTE.fm is a platform built to recommend texts worth reading. Right now it’s possible to award little hearts below a recommendation, Likes, in the same way we’re used to from Facebook.
Facebook incorporates status updates made up of freely chosen content like text, pictures, videos and various others. QUOTE.fm differs from Facebook in the essential concept of linking each recommended text to a certain message: This right here is good, so read it, it’s going to be worth your time.
What does a Like really communicate? On the one hand you could click the heart because you agree that a text is good, on the other hand you could merely be trying to convey that you think it’s a good quote. The latter directly contradicts the intention we have with QUOTE.fm. It’s not about quotes, but the texts they were taken from. So why should you like a text without agreeing that it’s worth being recommended? Sure, one could argue that a Like acts as a light version of a Recommendation. However, this leaves things unnecessarily complex, which is why we’ve decided to wipe out Likes altogether.
The one thing that does remain are Recommendations. If there’s a text you like, go ahead and recommend it. Perhaps with the very same extract, perhaps with a completely different one. It’s entirely up to you. A Recommendation’s a Recommendation.
We’ll eventually come up with a new version of “Like”, which will be integrated into the Read-section as a way of favoriting texts you’d like to mark for later reading without necessarily recommending them to followers.
As so often, less is more. Some of you will surely miss the function, still we hope you’ll eventually get used to its absence. We’re certain that it’ll simplify the platform by a great deal.
We felt that the old appearance of the Following Timeline didn’t look steady enough, that it had too many visual breaks and didn’t show as much information as we wanted it to. While we were at it, we’ve used the opportunity to improve the looks of Following and Discover a little.
Prepare to enter hyperspace. We’re ready. Join QUOTE.fm.