As some of you may know I’m a huge advocate of social reading and the whole topic around how to optimise the reading experience for people who expect just a little bit more than plain old text on a white background.
I had my fair share in trying to build a product around social reading of texts found somewhere on websites with QUOTE.fm. Let’s just say it didn’t work out as I had planned. Several reasons. Not far away, in Berlin, Readmill tried the same for Books and got a lot farther but now got bought by Dropbox and it doesn’t seem like “social reading” will be their main focus anymore.
However, I don’t really care who brings social reading to life, I just want it to happen.
For many people reading is one of the last bastions of peace and calmness, something where you’re on your own, just you a piece of dead tree in your hands, your thoughts and imagination. That’s wonderful, I don’t want to criticise that. I just want to enhance it for the few of us who are interested a bit… more.
I’m very much into cheesy romantic movies and I’m watching a lot of them lately. That might be the reason for the following – world changing – idea of mine: I want an app, preinstalled on any smartphone, that tracks what you’re listening to right now and if a person in your direct proximity listens to the same song, it opens a chat with said person. Done. Applause. Curtain.
I’m currently in the process of writing a longer piece on social reading and where I see its future, so this fits perfectly:
Instapaper just released a huge update. Besides the (amazing) redesign of both website and apps, they added a feature that made me ditch Pocket and switch to Instapaper. I even bought a subscription (their “pro” tier).
Here’s Instapaper’s Andrew McLaughlin:
@UARRR You got it. (And seriously, thanks for the kind words!)— Andrew McLaughlin (@McAndrew) May 8, 2014
When they do it right, and everything seems like they’re on the right way, everything I wanted to achieve with QUOTE.fm will be reality and I am very much looking forward to it.
Do you still draw/sketch a lot like back in the "real" uarrr days?Anonymous
I don’t. Not even close. Actually when I decided to stop studying illustration, I stopped drawing entirely. I always thought I want to become an illustrator and then discovered that design, be it UX or UI, is the thing I want to work with. I’ve never been very good (read: good enough to make a living from it) at illustrating either and I only miss it rarely.
Mal angenommen, man arbeitet an einem Startup und würde dich gern mit ins Boot holen. Ist es realistisch das du dich auf sowas einlassen würdest sofern dich die Idee begeistert oder bist du für sowas gar nicht zu haben?Anonymous
Ganz davon abgesehen, dass eine anonyme Frage, die von mir nur öffentlich beantwortet werden kann, nicht unbedingt der richtige Ort für so ein Thema ist: Ja, natürlich ist das realistisch.
Ob das dann zustande kommt, hängt von ungefähr 5000 anderen Dingen ab und – wen überrascht das – ist nicht ohne weiteres zu beantworten ohne irgendwas zu wissen. Insgesamt bin ich aber auch für Arbeit an spannenden Projekten neben meinem eigentlichen Job zu haben. Allerdings wäre es produktiver (und professioneller) so etwas per Mail zu klären.
Which online-services do you pay for?Anonymous
Hm, let’s see. Not counting domains and webspace, this should be the complete list:
- IRCCloud: Used for several chatrooms and different groups of people. IRC is old as hell but flexible, easy to set up and free. I pay for IRCCloud so I’m always online and can connect to password protected servers.
- Spotify: Well… music! I got the Premium option for mobile and offline access. Couldn’t be happier.
- Amazon Prime: Signed up for it a few years ago, because it was cheap. Now it becomes expensive but I’m so used to “Order now, get it tomorrow” that I’m not sure if I want to live without it. I’m spoiled, I know. I don’t care for the whole tv series and movies stuff, though.
- Dribbble Pro: The last thing I need is a Dribbble pro account. No idea why I got one.
- iCloud: Yeah. More space for backups.
- Droplr: I have one of the old accounts and pay not as much as they’re asking now. It’s fast and reliable.