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
“Marcel”, they said, “Marcel, we need a job advertisement for a new iOS developer. Somebody has to write it.” I said “Yeah, go for it!” and got a “But I’ve no time, I’m writing code!” and there I am, writing a job advertisement about a topic I’ve no clue of.
Obviously we need someone who’s able to write iOS apps. Good ones, those of which you think “Whoa, that is a good iOS app!”.
You’re going to work with us on the QUOTE.fm iPad and iPhone apps, and I don’t want to say too much, but they’re going to be awesome. And that could be credited to you. Also you’re going to work in one of the best offices in Germany. It’s a church.
Here is a boring list of things you should know or have:
- Experience developing iOS applications using Objective C
- Experience implementing REST interfaces
- Optional: Experience with Subversion/Git, PHP, MySQL, Solr, Redis, Linux in general
- Experience playing Counter-Strike: Source or Mario Kart
So please be so kind and write us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, if you’re interested. We’d love to hear from you. And even if you’re not interested, please share this advertisement. Thanks!
Florian, Philipp, Martin and Marcel
In the last months, we’ve added so many new features to QUOTE.fm, that it’s possible that some of them run the risk of getting forgotten. Until now everything you could do with a recommendation was hidden a click away behind that little arrow icon.
That’s going to change from now on. We’ve added some new buttons to the grey bar, for example recite, embed and when QUOTE.fm Read will be released, the bar will also feature a prominent “Read Later” button. The few of you helping us test the beta will see it already, for everyone else it’s going to show up soon.
Why are we doing this? On the one hand we want to feature some functions more prominently. Recites are important for us and the platform and we hope you’re going to use them more regularly when the button is only one click away. Read Later of course will be the other half of QUOTE.fm so that’s a good reason for having that button there. Besides we’re adding new sharing services and the little arrow-menu became a bit crowded.
Pocket & Readability
We wanted to do so for ages, but we didn’t got around to it, however, it’s there now: You can send all stories to Pocket and Readability, to read and store them there. Just enable sharing in your settings.
There is another thing coming soon: Our Write API. At the moment there aren’t many apps that can post to QUOTE.fm, actually it’s only the site, Reeder for iPhone and the iPad app beta, but we hope that changes as soon as the Write API is usable for everyone. From now on, you’ll be able to see on the permalink page of a single recommendation, which app has been used to post it.
You there! We’re hiring!
QUOTE.fm is looking for a PHP developer to support building our backend.
Here are some facts about us:
- Our backend is written in object oriented PHP and based on the Yii Framework (MVC)
- Data is stored using MySQL, pretty standard Lighttpd/FastCGI stack
- Oh, and we’re based in one of the coolest offices you could imagine to work in (hint: it’s a church!)
A few things we require from you:
- Experience developing PHP applications (object orientation, MVC pattern)
- Experience dealing with MySQL databases and database design
- Experience with version control systems like Subversion and Git
- Optional: Experience with Solr, Redis, Lighttpd, FastCGI and Linux in general
You should be located in Hamburg/Germany or willing to move here to join us in our office.
Please send your application (we don’t need all the formal stuff, though a quick introduction and maybe some links to projects you are/were involved in would be nice) to email@example.com.
Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve just updated the bookmarklet. It now looks more like the rest of the site, shows more information and is better in every regard.
It now features two modes:
- Recommend. Select a part of a story, hit the bookmarklet and the quote will show up. You’ll see who else recommended this article, you can comment on your recommendation and choose a topic. It basically behaves like our extension for Google Chrome.
- Save for later reading. read now and sending to kindle. If your account is in one of our beta programs, you’ll see those buttons in the upper left corner while a quote is selected. If you hit the bookmarklet without selecting a quote before, you’ll get a small menu that asks if you want to save this article for later reading or if you want to send it to your kindle.
You don’t have to do anything, if you’ve already installed the bookmarklet before. In case you haven’t, you find it here. Have fun playing around with the new bookmarklet. We hope you like it.