Yesterday we launched a new feature we are very excited about: A new layout for individual quotes. The problem with our previous solution was that when you shared quotes to Twitter and Facebook and someone clicked on the link the person would end up on a page only containing a headline and a blue quote without any hint what’s going on.
Those times are over. The new single pages are much more useful and self-explanatory:
Here are some examples:
Pruning: Making room for something new
Innovation is a fight
What’s inside the Skinner Box?
Basically there are no pages for individual quotes on QUOTE.fm anymore, we just put the quote and all comments where they belong: Directly to the article they originate from. You see someone sharing an article via QUOTE.fm on Twitter or Facebook? Click or tap the link and you’ll be directed to the site of the article. You’re able to toggle the quote, or disable the QUOTE.fm options altogether. If you click somewhere in the darkened space around the quote, or on the “Quote” button in the bar at the top, you hide the quote so you can read the whole article. If you’re done reading, just click the button again to view the quote, write a comment or recite it.
This is a huge deal for QUOTE.fm and we’re going to change a lot of things like this to make more sense in the near future. We’ll change some things to bring discussions to where they belong and to ensure a better experience of finding new stories worth your time. Some of the very first steps are the new single quote pages and a small redesign we gave Discover and Following and there is many more to come.
Great news, everybody! Introducing: The Send to QUOTE.fm button.
Here is what it is able to do:
- Save to QUOTE.fm Read – Let your readers easily save your articles for later reading to QUOTE.fm Read
- Read now – Let your readers read the article in a reading environment they can customize themselves
- Send to Kindle – Let your readers send the article to their favorite e-ink reading device. (Soon available for everybody, at the moment still in beta.)
- Recommend on QUOTE.fm – This may be the best thing. Your readers can select a part they liked of the article and click the QUOTE.fm button to recommend the article on QUOTE.fm
The number to the right of the button shows how often the article has been recommended on QUOTE.fm. Click the number to go directly to the source page on QUOTE.fm.
Nice, isn’t it? And there is more.
We’re happy to announce that The Industry (Source page of The Industry) already makes use of the new QUOTE.fm button. The Industry is a publication dedicated to highlighting design focused startups and people. If that doesn’t sound like a perfect fit, we don’t know what else would.
Make sure to head over there to read and recommend their articles. It’s great content and we promise that you’ll learn something new.
We’re on your site.
Go grab the embed code in the QUOTE.fm Labs, add it to your page and see what your readers find worth recommending.
we know, we know. It’s about time. So let’s not waste more of it and cut right to the chase: Our API with write access is out now. Please read this getting started guide to get comfortable with our authentication method.
What took us so long? We decided that the iPad app is our main priority, so Philipp worked on the backend stuff that was necessary for the app. The app launched and with it QUOTE.fm Read, which got some tweaks in the last couple of weeks. We’ve improved the text parser, added page stitching and made a lot of small fixes.
With all that done, we’re finally ready to complete the API. From now on our API has read and write access.
Reeder for iPhone and Mac got a special treatment and is therefore the first app that allows posting to QUOTE.fm.
We’re really excited about this and are looking forward to all your creative ideas. We think there are great things that can be build upon QUOTE.fm and the API is there for you.
Feel free to let us know what you’re building and we are always happy to get feedback. The whole thing is on GitHub and we’re going to build a page where all apps and pages that integrate with QUOTE.fm will be featured.
Go visit the QUOTE.fm Labs! Have fun and happy coding.
Today we’re happy to announce that we’ve released two new features. Well one of them is a feature, the other is a cosmetic improvement.
The old e-mails looked kind of ugly. In fact they might be the thing that lasted for the longest time before getting a rebrush. Now they look nice and we hope you’ll welcome them in your inbox.
Some publications decided to boost their pageviews by splitting the articles into several pages. Until now we saved only the first page after you added the article for later reading. From now on we’ll look for additional pages and stich them together, so you’ll save the whole article to your QUOTE.fm Read.
This should work on most major sites. In case you discover an article where this isn’t working, please let us know.
We’re happy and kind of proud to announce that starting now, most of QUOTE.fm is responsive and with that easily usable on your smartphone. We even found a way to let you recommend stories from your smartphone:
- Open QUOTE.fm on your mobile device
- Paste the URL to the story you’d like to recommend in the box at the the top of Following
- Wait a second and you’ll see the story, mark an interesting quote, and press the blue button.
- You’ll now see your recommendation. Add a comment, choose a topic, hit “Recommend” and you’re all done.
Go try it, it’s fun and works astonishingly well on smartphone displays (we’ve only tested it on iPhones, but I feel obligated to write “smartphones”). We’re really happy to have a good way to add recommendations via iPhone until the iPhone app is ready.
Some things (most of the icons, some pages) aren’t optimized for retina yet, but Martin is onto it and it’ll happen soon. We thought you guys should know that the main parts of the page are already usable.
Have fun reading. <3