When we began building QUOTE.fm, our plan was to put out a small site with the intent of sharing what’s worth reading. A while later, we discovered it’s not as easy as expected to communicate that QUOTE.fm is meant as a means to recommend stories worth reading, not as a platform to share funny tweets, jokes or Facebook updates. That’s why we came up with some things to emphasize this purpose.
One of them is curatorship. The thought behind it was that one could enlist oneself for a topic, then, if voted for curator, that person’s recommendations would score better in our ranking in Discover. One of the motivations was to establish a feeling for the fact that everyone is responsible for the quality of the platform. If you want to find great reads, share great reads. In case one of the curators recommends stuff that’s not worth reading, at least it was the community’s fault for voting for him or her.
Well, that didn’t play out exactly as well as we intended. Sure, on the one hand people used the voting system and users were happy to function as curators for a month, but on the other hand the feature didn’t have an impact big enough to justify all the crap around it. There were a couple of users who had enlisted themselves – and there was a whole bunch who didn’t. There was the voting page, which was kind of hidden, however not important enough to be featured anywhere else… and so much more. If a popular person was promoted to curatorship, there was no guarantee that he’d actually recommend anything. Let alone something worth reading.
Let’s just say: The intention was right, the execution not so much. We’re getting rid of the curatorship for now. This is not a defeat. Something similar to this will return at some point. We’ve learned a few things here that we’re going to adapt the next time. Thanks to everyone who used this feature and sorry to those who will miss it.
The good news is: The timing is kind of intentional. We wanted to straighten this out before the iPad app hits the AppStore, which will be soon. We’ve never been more excited and we hope you’ll stick with us.
What’s the best way to read RSS feeds on your iPhone? The answer is, of course, Reeder by Silvio Rizzi. It so happened that the guy just released a brand new version of Reeder, featuring amazing new functions. One among many is the integration of QUOTE.fm. As of now, you’re able to recommend great stories to your followers on QUOTE.fm directly out of Reeder. It’s easy: Just select the part you want to recommend, write a comment, choose a topic and you’re done.
Well, that’s it. It’s awesome and you should try it, so go download Reeder for iPhone right now. By the way, a little birdie told us that the upcoming updates for iPad and OS X may also feature QUOTE.fm as one of their sharing options. We’re pretty happy with that and hope you’ll be too.
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So we’ve updated our landing page, and we’ve got a neat new video describing what QUOTE.fm is all about. Oh, and here is a small preview of all those things that are in our pipeline. Exciting times!
Hi, I’m Florian, the new guy who joined QUOTE.fm in the middle of April as an iOS developer. Before that, I finished my studies in computer science. With 27 years, I’m the oldest member of the gang.
I’ve already been living in Hamburg for about three years and, after a short move to Berlin in order to write my diploma thesis, now I’m back! I managed to settle in quickly and just moved into my new flat with my girlfriend last weekend. In my spare time, I like to read, listen to music, watch soccer games and do some sports like running or biking.
While studying, I had the chance to gain first experiences in iOS development and I can already say that I enjoy writing software for this platform very much. That’s why I’m very happy to do this as a full-time job now. Concepts and designs of the iPad app have already been finished by Marcel and the development process has been kicked off. I’m glad to contribute to such a young web service and I’ll do my best to release the QUOTE.fm iPad app as soon as possible.
Until then, feel free to follow me here, on Twitter or write me an email.
A year ago, we decided we were not going to add an “Add recommendation” button to QUOTE.fm. Right now, we’re doing exactly that. What happened?
We presumed the only way to add an “Add recommendation” button would be by providing a free text form. Paste an URL, paste the respective quote and hit “Recommend”. The problem with that approach was that there’s nothing else like QUOTE.fm and a free text form would’ve engaged people to write whatever they want.
Every major social network endorses direct actions like this, with a place to write text into indicating some form of means of communication. This one isn’t, and justifiably so. The second problem would be the possibility to alter a quote, which could have negative effects for the site the quote is connected to.
Eventually, we came up with a better solution. Paste the URL of the story you’d like to recommend into the “Add recommendation” form above your timeline, wait a second, select the passage you want to quote, pick a topic, add a comment, done. Easy as pie.
Go lay your hands on it yourself, it’s right over at your timeline.