It's disappointing that the only login option is via Facebook, but it's cool that one can also try the service without login in at all.
Although after one adds the bookmarklet to one's bookmark bar and comes back to the site, we are caught in an endless loop of step-1-2-3 where we are indefinitely asked to add the bookmarklet again...?
Ah! No, I didn't. I since created a quote and that broke the loop; now when I reach the website I access the list of my quotes.
Sorry for the false alarm (although step 3 is maybe a little obscure?)
Facebook? Twitter? Google?
* ... many many galaxies later.
..some planets later..
..some solar systems later..
..many galaxies later..
- Site specific account
In that order.
Disclaimer: We (Fictive Kin) built Gimme Bar, so there's quite a bit of bias in my previous statement.
There's a few things you can learn from QuoteRed that makes me want to use them to save text snippets:
1. Their UI is very simple. Upon landing on their site I saw examples right away of how people are using it and started thinking about how I would use this. I got it immediately.
2. Sign up was very easy. One click, done. No need to register for email/pw combo. This can be a negative for some but for me it's a plus.
3. Their getting started flow is brilliant. With clearly defined steps and arrows pointing out exactly what I should do, setting up was very easy. Open up bookmarks bar, dragging and dropping the bookmarklet, etc. I didn't have to worry, I was in good hands.
4. This third point is probably most important. They started me off with an example. Getting to use the product was part of the getting started flow, and when I closed the site I already have a quote in my account. There are no more barriers to entry, I already know how to use their product.
Building a great product is one thing, but that product is not useful there is a huge learning curve. Spend some time crafting your getting started flow, it is very, very important.
Our onboarding for Gimme Bar has gone through a few revisions, and we're never really satisfied with it. We basically hinge everything on the video, hoping that people will grok it from there, which is of course not optimal.
We've done a bit of work doing some more in-depth onboarding flows for some of our other applications (e.g. https://donenotdone.com and https://teuxdeux.com/), and we might revisit how it's done for Gimme Bar at some point soon as well.
You should be able to get it integrated in an hour or so, and I'd be happy to double-check your code (or submit a pull request myself) if you'd like.
Good luck! For what it's worth, I think it's a really cool idea.
No idea how that's a business, but you can figure that part out.
It has a bookmarklet to store quotes, and you can share selected quotes on a public 'quote feed':
It never really took of, so I stopped working on it. Kinda stupid because I spend quite some time working on it. Good luck with your endeavour.
I know there are some other options posted, so I figure I'd throw my own side-hobby out there http://mxplx.com/ is an open-source project I wrote to keep track of my favorite quotes (memes), link them to references, triple them to other memes, and gather them in lists (schemas). I never got around to adding a clipping-tool to it, but I did interface with Google Books to make gathering book references easier.
It's unnecessarily erudite, ugly, and I turned off new signups so you'd need to download the source from github or google code if you want to play with it (I do include a copy of the database complete with my personal collection of quotes and references on Git), but I'm posting it here because someone might find something of interest in it.
I'll have to defer you to someone else who knows more about these things, but you should definitely ask around!
For the width of the quotes, we've tried to adhere to the 45 to 75 characters per line as recommended by by Robert Bringhurst in his "The Elements of Typographic Style", although our line lengths are towards the upper limit of that range.
Culturally, I think that sites like pinterest tend to get people to develop a hoarding habit. You hoard all your photos, or to-do projects, or in this case quotes with little thought to their use. How do you eventually revisit these quotes or do you ever? Maybe it's helpful to offload the brain's responsibility of remembering 'memorable' quotes (irony), but you're never going to impress anyone by reciting a beautiful poem off from your phone.
I don't like Facebook only logins, always good to offer the email & password reg option.
It would be nice if more than one quote was saved from an article, that it would become a bulleted list - with the page title pulled in as well for the list.
Maybe publishers/bloggers may be interesting in curating three or four good quotes from their articles into a short summary, then promote thorough QuoteRed.
If someone could cut this "work flow" down to a single click I'd be happy. I don't really need to tag things....
While surfing around the internet I find interesting things. I high light a section of text and add it to my diigo list. I then have system which sucks in the rss feed of my diigo list and combines it with a bunch of other rss feeds (youtube and vimeo favourites, my wordpress blog, etc) to populate a website: http://fuzzyslogic.com
I only occasionally search back through my diigo list. I use tags to allow me to filter content on the fl.com site.
If this is a common description it might help to come up with a better proxy. If not, go for it. I have no clue personally how to evaluate consumer products like this. Seems just as likely as any to work (Low probability high reward).
Now, does EverNote offer something like this, or do they do full webpages only?
Integration is definitely key. I really like how you have the option to Tweet a saved quote on your app.
I dig the way I can select some text on a website and automatically turn it into a quote. Slick. Nice product tour too.
The design turned me off, and I think you can accomplish a much better looking and easily digestible product from text!
Because of this, every single quote appears different. For some reason, I think that standard content like read more should be standardized to help me find easy anchors while browsing quickly.
That way, when I look at a quote, the only deviating part of the design is the unique content itself, and I can be sure that if it's deviating, it's the content I'm looking for.
As it stands, it's difficult for me to parse the whole list as identical elements with differing content, and instead I'm seeing them all as different going down.
EDIT: I also do not like that you preserve tabbing from the users input. It's useful in theory but since your url content relies on a tab as well, it creates a very weird dynamic while looking down the page where a tab doesn't really mean anything, because it means something different everytime I see one.
EDIT2: I'm not a designer (but I fancy myself an amateur) and if I was in charge of the layout, I'd probably have done something like: http://i.imgur.com/o0s9UZl.png -- The subtext is noticably smaller, the url is shortened for consistency and length, and the two aspects of the subtext are floating left and right for solid, consistent anchors.
EDIT3: Coming back to it, I went a slightly different direction: http://i.imgur.com/jfFcB1N.png
I know you're not looking for design advice, I just had fun playing with someone else's work. Thanks :)
Just my opinion, however, take what I say as a user story and nothing more!
As for the tabs, I believe we've stripped them from all the quotes. However, we do indent all paragraphs apart from the first in a similar fashion to books and long articles. Originally, we planned for people to quote much lengthier quotes (in which case it would improve readability), but I take your point that it makes it more unreadable in shorter quotes.
Shoot me an email if you want to use it, I'm sure we can work something out :)