Nate Hoffelder had an astonishing surprise yesterday:
I have just discovered that Feedly has rolled out an unannounced update that changes how users share links.
Instead of sharing a link which leads to a publisher’s website, Feedly users are now sharing links that lead to the same content, only now it is hosted on Feedly’s website.
The response from Feedly about this experimental feature is even more jaw-dropping:
This is a tool we are building to help publishers increase the engaged readership in feedly. This also helps mobile users consume content a lot faster. This is still experimental but I will be happy to completely opt you out.
I don’t display ads, therefore page hits don’t affect me as much as it do to writers I follow that turned their blogs into their full-time gigs. Altogether, I think this is abusive, as Nate points out:
I really have to wonder about Feedly; it’s almost as if they don’t realize that publishers want to engage with readers directly and not have Feedly engage with readers at our expense.
It’s not like they would be sending me a check anytime soon, is it?
I got a short domain recently to spam your Twitter and App.net feeds with interesting things I find throughout the day. Most of the time Buffer and IFTTT get the job done, but whenever I want to shorten a link for private reasons, things get messy. Now I hit a simple shortcut using Keyboard Maestro.
On the other hand, I think that it’s time for Apple to figure out how to relieve some of the most pressing pain points that developers keep encountering. As a user, I’m much happier if developers can focus on building better features instead of having to reinvent the wheel for features like synchronization and inter-app communication. And as a developer, I’d much rather not waste my time on things like building my own user management or payment system, or be forced to offer an inferior experience to my users because of the fickle policies that Apple decides to enforce.
As a screenwriter by heart and degree, I loved this. Although I still need the iPad, I already own Editorial – go figure. If you don’t know what I am talking about, Fountain is like markdown for screenwriters. I only disagree with one thing:
Fountain-centric iPad apps are coming, but until then there are no shortage of great text editors for iOS, so it’s worth experimenting. Anything you write in Fountain can easily be transformed into a PDF by apps like Highland or Slugline.
This is not 100% correct since Writing Kit is a superb text editor with Fountain support.
As usual, Viticci gets the first hand on Pythonista’s iOS 7 overhaul:
Pythonista 1.4, available today on the App Store, is the biggest update to Zorn’s app to date. It includes a new UI for iOS 7 (the app is also iOS 7-only starting today), new modules and enhancements to existing ones, and, more importantly, it doubles down on iOS integration by bringing native support for contacts, location, and Open In.
1Writer is the most powerful text editor available for iPhone, not ranking likewise on iOS as a whole due to Editorial in the iPad. The most impressive feature of 1Writer is its support for custom actions, which I wrote about previously. This week 1Writer gained a new best friend in the form of TextTool, an app by Craig Pearlman that does text transformations.
Frequent readers know I am OPML-obsessed. (OPML is a structured data format for outliner software.) In May, I wrote a complicated set of Drafts actions to convert a list in Drafts into an OPML file. With TextTool, this solution become a whole less complicated.
Not even one day after release and TextTool is already abetting cool workflows.
App.net released the Broadcast feature today, where users can create and subscribe to channels and get real-time push notifications when content is published in the channel. You need the App.net Passport app to receive notifications and, of course, an App.net account. Since the x-callback-url library has no RSS feed, there's not a direct way to be informed when a new app is included in it. Until now.
Look at your smartphone: the fragile glass, the aluminum case, the absence of buttons in the device resting on the arm of your couch or comfortably fitting in your hand. It probably packs more power than your first computer if you were born in the eighties. You complained about the tiny keys as soon as you turned it on the first time, but now you can type a message faster than your carrier can deliver it.