☰ Quote Overlays

I totally forgot to mention that we released an awesome new feature at QUOTE.fm: New permalink pages. Now all quotes are being displayed right at the article they originate from. Here are some examples, and when you’re there already, read those articles, they are awesome:

In other news: I changed the background color of this blog here a bit. It’s now a very bright blue, not just a very bright grey. I’m such a crazy guy, unbelievable.

☰ QUOTE.fm API Ideas Braindump

You’re an uncreative and bored developer? Good for you, I’m an idiot with too many ideas and no programming knowledge.

We recently released the missing part of the API for QUOTE.fm. Now there is this beautiful thing you could do a lot of interesting things with and there are many people who would do something, but don’t know what, so I figured it would be nice to throw some quick ideas into the world.

Feel free to pick any one of them and play around with it. I’m not able to build something like this and most of it is at the moment not relevant for QUOTE.fm as an included feature, so here you go:

  • A browser extension that shows how often the article you’re visiting right now got quoted.
  • An RSS Reader that only shows articles that got recommended on QUOTE.fm.
  • A service that notifies you when your own site got a new recommendation on QUOTE.fm (Actually we’ll integrate something like this sometime, but hey, go for it!)
  • An Android/Windows Phone app that lets you use QUOTE.fm Read on your Android/Windows device.
  • A service that lets you import your Instapaper/Readability/Pocket articles to QUOTE.fm
  • A service that lets you decide how much time you’ve got and then gives you articles that are exactly that long.
  • An app that reads your saved articles back to you. Shouldn’t be too difficult on iOS.

I’m looking forward to your creations and if you decide to build something, I’m happy to play the tester for you, just let me know. <3 In case you have an idea but the API is not supporting it at the moment, feel free to contact us at contact@quote.fm.

☰ QUOTE.fm is on your site.

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We just released the Send to QUOTE.fm button. It’s one of those things that you can include in your site to let your readers interact on a more pleasant way with your content. The button features a lot of things. To quote (hehe) myself:

  • 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

I’m especially happy to announce that we’ve worked together with The Industry as a launch partner. From now on you’re able to recommend and save articles by The Industry directly to QUOTE.fm. More on that topic can be found here: Ushering the QUOTE.fm Button

As always, the official announcement can be found in the QUOTE.fm Blog. If you have your own site, I’d be incredibly happy to see the button somewhere on it.

☰ Bringing QUOTE.fm to the App Store

I think it’s safe to say that we’ve managed something interesting this week. We’ve released the QUOTE.fm iPad app, a whole new part of QUOTE.fm, called QUOTE.fm Read and a lot of more new things without anyone of us being in the same place.

Philipp was somewhere in south Germany, Martin in Hamburg, and Florian and me at different places in Denmark. Our initial plan was to release the app when Florian and me are back from our vacation, but Techcrunch Disrupt took place and Julian had a place at the startup alley to showcase QUOTE.fm and we wanted the to be in the App Store for that. So we’ve changed our deadline to a week earlier and managed it without any problems.

I have to say I’m proud of the work we’ve done so far. I haven’t been as excited for anything as for the iPad launch. I don’t want to brag, but it has been a great start. We’ve been on place two in the App Store category for social networks and the app got over 100 reviews, almost all of them featuring five stars. That’s incredible.

Together with the app, we’ve launched a new welcome page for QUOTE.fm, the site got a new header and everything is now responsive. But that’s not all, we’ve finally built extensions for every major browser. I’m kind of proud on how Philipp has done this: Basically we don’t have to update four different plugins, we just have to change the code of the bookmarklet and the extensions will show the same changes. Or something like that. Nerd stuff.

However. Our first app is out there, we’re working on the first update and all in all I’m relieved that our plans seem to work out just fine.

As most of you know, QUOTE.fm started on this little blog here, so: Thank you. Thank you so much for helping me — and now us — to start this thing that developed in something much bigger anyone could have imagined.

☰ The status has changed to Ready for Sale.

And suddenly everything happend really quick. Ten days waiting for review and today we’ve got the final mail: We’re approved. QUOTE.fm will be on your iPads soon. I’m so incredibly happy. It’s not downloadable yet, we have to work on some preparations on the website first. It’ll hit an App Store near you next Tuesday. Uh yeah. 🙂

☰ Huffington Post's Highlights and QUOTE.fm's Discover Redesign

Jeff Sonderman for poynter.org:

When your website puts out thousands of pieces of content a day, how do you consistently and efficiently surface the best stuff?

The simplest way is to just follow the cowpaths — the routes where reader behavior naturally flows. For example, nearly every news website now lists its most-read stories. That’s a good start, but a bit blunt. It doesn’t tell why the story is popular, or what part of it is driving the interest.

Enter a new solution: HuffPost Highlights.

That’s interesting. So obviously the Huffington Post introduced a new feature called Highlights. When you have an account at Huffington Post, you’re able to select a quote you liked from the text, and press “Highlight this!” which sends your highlight directly to this new project of Huffington Post’s labs: Highlights

Two things are noteworthy:

1. It’s nice to see that obviously other people who came up with basically the same idea as we had with QUOTE.fm. Which means: The idea is good.

2. The Layout of that Highlights page is clearly inspired by pinterest. So is our upcoming redesign (WIP) for Discover. Again: It can’t be wrong if several people at once have the same idea and as you can see, the Pinterest approach works well for written content.

We’ve decided to redesign Discover together with the header a few weeks ago. Discover is going to be less second timeline and more the place where you actually discover interesting new reads. Also we needed a place to integrate our upcoming feature “Reading Lists”, so there was a need for something new.

I don’t want to say that they’ve ripped off QUOTE.fm, not a bit, I’m just happy to see that our idea seems to be a good one and I’m looking forward to our future, because we do have some really neat ideas on how to make Social Reading into something awesome. Basically QUOTE.fm can become for the entire internet what Huffington Post’s Highlights can become for the articles of the Huffington Post. And that sounds like something worth working for. Thanks to Tim who pointed me to this.