We receive a lot of interesting feedback regarding the second iteration of the feedly mini concept. The top two requests were: a) add twitter support and b) continue to reduce the form factor. Today, we are pushing out the third iteration of feedly mini, trying to address both those requests.
Table of content
- The form factor
- Random Navigation
- Drill down from Twitter.com
- Mini Documentation
- Kicking the Tires
- User Reactions
The form factor
Regarding the form factor, we were able to shrink the size by making feedly mini elastic. It contains the same amount of information but is about 1/3 the size:
Regarding twitter, we focus initially on two use cases: “random navigation” to a website and “drill down from twitter.com or search.twitter.com”.
When you randomly navigate and land on a page which you want to share on twitter, simply click on the input box and you will see mini expand itself and a suggestion popup appear. The suggestion pop-up is here to help simplify the tasks of creating a message of the page you are currently looking at. In a single click, you get a pre-formatted message: title of page + tiny url + optional review. You can then customize the message and click on the twitter icon to post it.
Note #1: you can customize the set of canned reaction messages to your own language and personality by going to the feedly preferences page.
Note #2: see here for more information about the #feedly postfix and how to customize/disable it.
Drill down from Twitter.com (aka. the retweet use case)
The second use case, we focused on in this iteration is the use case where you are reading twitter.com or search.twitter.com and click on one of the links embed in one of the tweets. In that case, feedly is able to propagate the twitter context from twitter to the web page, display the tweet in context.
In this case, you will also notice that the suggestion popup adapts to make it easier to re-tweet or reply to the original twitter message.
The friendfeed icon shows you the number of friendfeed conversations related to the url of the current page you are browsing.
The digg icon/number corresponds to the number of diggs associated with the url of the page you are currently browsing.
When you add a note (optional) and click on share (thumbs up icon), you are recommending the article in feedly and adding it to our Google reader shared item list.
When you add a note (optional) and click on the save (plus icon), you are saving the article for later in feedly (starring it with a note in Google reader).
When you add a message and click on the twitter icon (t icon), you are posting a message to your twitter account (ie the account you are currently logged in on twitter).
We update the feedly privacy document to address potential questions you might have with regard to feedly mini and privacy.
Kicking the tires
If you are interested in kick the tires:
- Install the latest version of feedly
- Click on the green feedly button and login (feedly mini is active only if you are logged in)
- Visit your twitter homepage and click any link embedded in a twitter message
- The browser should open that link and show feedly mini at the bottom of the page. Note: feedly mini will only appear when the full page has been loaded (including images, ads, etc.) so you might see a little delay.
That is it for iteration three. We hope you will enjoy using it and look forward to your feedback/suggestions.