Listen up, kids!
Today marks the release of the first version of our API. Please note that, for now, it only features basic functionality and, most importantly, that it’s currently read-only.
Using the API, you can pull information on source pages, articles, recommendations and users. These should be sufficient in building first small apps which, hopefully, will improve the experience of QUOTE.fm for you as well as for others.
In case you’re already working on something cool that might be worth our attention, feel free to send us a note via our contact form.
As of now, there’s no mechanic for logging in using the API, which means you can neither get the personal timeline of a user nor post recommendations on a user’s behalf.
These features will be added in a few weeks (as soon as we get some science done), though. A side note for the curious among you: It’ll be based on OAuth 2, so don’t worry about complex code.
Also, note that the whole API is still considered beta and that some parts of it may be changed in the near future. In case you should stumble upon any bugs or you’ve got feature requests, please consult our GitHub project and file an issue.
That said: Go ahead and have some fun!
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.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
we don’t claim to be omniscient or always perfectly right in our decisions, but we’re completely committed to every single one of them, all the while doing everything in our power to provide transparency as well as honesty. Each of our actions is within reason. The site’s blue because it’s supposed to picture a metaphorical highlighter (and because yellow and green would make it look hideous). It’s only accessible when given an invite code as there’d be a lack of quality if anybody could recommend texts.
Then again, would there really be a decrease in quality? Or would it merely fail to conform to our personal and absolutely subjective tastes? Are we, perhaps, just a bit full of ourselves? We most likely are. It would probably be better if everybody could sign up on QUOTE.fm and use the site and its features, together with his or her friends. Recommend a text, receive comments and engage in discussions with friends (as well as total strangers). Doesn’t sound that bad at all, does it? Also, who are we to judge the quality of texts in advance?
Imagine, if you will, that you’re an established user browsing QUOTE.fm. Would things really change that much? You follow those who strike you as interesting, you discover great reads as you follow people who recommend remarkable texts. Meanwhile, Discover still displays the most popular texts among all. Everything remains as it is, yet the possibilities increase.
Speaking of increased possibilities: What’s the best RSS reader on the market? Reeder, obviously. It’s unmatched on the iPad, the iPhone as well as the Mac. So what’s the place you like reading potentially good, outstanding and/or discussible texts the most? Yep, your RSS reader. How’d you like the next version of Reeder for iPhone to contain QUOTE.fm integration? How about the possibility to recommend texts on QUOTE.fm straight out of Reeder?
Sounds great, right? This is the part where I tell you that, very soon, none of that will be mere fantasy. We’ll open QUOTE.fm to the public and Reeder will integrate it. Chances are it will all be done sometime in March.
Buckle up, the real fun has just begun.
Today, we deployed a fix to get rid of this problem and allow you to use the bookmarklet again, without any need for cookies. However, if you want to stay logged in with the bookmarklet, you need to add an exception for “quote.fm” in your Chrome settings. To do this, go to your browser preferences, click “Under the Hood” and “Content Settings” (or click this link). Now you should see the following screen:
In case your “Block third-party cookies and site data” box isn’t checked, you’re good to go and everything should be working fine (if not, please contact us). To add an exception, click “Manage Exceptions”, type “quote.fm” into the text box, choose “Allow” from the select box and hit enter. Things should look like this:
Now you’re done! The bookmarklet should keep you logged in at all times.