- danielwcommented9 months ago
Thor, thanks for all your hard work on this. I do value the community and app and have learned a lot and gained a lot from the articles here and the discussion.
For me, the lack of Android support and lack of a highlighting tool make Readup not viable for me as a reading tool that fits my needs. You wrote that we can use other tools alongside this one but I tried it. Switching back and forth between this app and another one every time I want to highlight something is not a workflow that works for me.
I do think a mistake was made by gearing this towards writers. While I think your goal by doing so was laudable, your core users frequently were posting about things like Zettlekastens and active reading. This is a group of people who take reading seriously and who likely need highlighting, annotating and exporting tools for the notes they take. It seemed to me at the time that focusing on writers instead of these readers was not the right path to go.
I hope you are successful in gaining back readers and building back up the community as well as the feature set. I will still pop my head back In here from time to time. But for now, my main reading will be on Pocket or Matter.
I've long thought that your main value propositions were the community recommendations and the focused reading enrironment that forces a person to read deeply rather than skim. To be honest, I was rather dismayed when you put your resources towards the writer marketplace. Don't get me wrong, it's a beautiful vision. But considering your users are people who want to deeply engage with content, I thought your effort should go towards adding functionality that allow people to do that better. I haven't spent as much time on Readup lately as I did at the beginning. And when I do, I sometimes find myself taking the articles I find here and opening them in other apps to read. The reason is that Readup is missing the core features I need to read deeply: highlighting and annotating. This is a community of people who read long articles on Zettlekasten for fun! If only the app allowed us to read deeply AND highlight.
I still come back here every now and then. I do love the community curation and conversation. But it can't make it my main app until it supports highlights (and Android).
“ Most people assume they will live into old age. I have come to see growing old as a privilege. Nobody should lament getting one year older, another grey hair or a wrinkle. Instead, be pleased that you’ve made it. If you feel like you haven’t made the most of your last year, try to use your next one better.”
I really wish Readup would include highlighting and annotations along with exporting them to other tools. It’s the real thing I think Readup is missing.
Which brings me to the reason experts should be more reluctant to lie to the public: They aren’t experts on the topic of when to lie.
Just because you know about biology or public health doesn’t mean you know whether publicly admitting that masks work will make people hoard them. And just because you know about economics doesn’t mean you understand politics and public opinion formation. When experts make guesses about whether the public can handle the truth, they aren’t acting as experts; they’re acting as amateurs. They’re winging it.
Growth will be a result of our success, but growth itself is not the goal.
This is what I am most worried about. One of the most valuable things in Readup is the selection of thoughtful articles and respectful discussion. I worry what happens when the community gets larger.
If it doesn’t answer a specific question you’re currently asking, cover philosophical knowledge, or entertain you, then don’t read it.
I really like this article and I think there are a number of very insightful points here. But after thinking about it for a while I have come to the conclusion that there is a missing piece.
There is knowledge with regards to your industry that is necessary to keep up to date with and that requires reading things that do not necessarily fit the guidelines above.
Let's take for example some news that came out a day or two ago. The FAA announced yesterday that it is requiring drones to be broadcasting a remote ID. This is an article that popped up in one of my feeds yesterday. Now, assume I am a manufacturer of drones or have a store that sells drones or sell ID broadcasting technology or am building a delivery service that uses drones. Staying on top of this type of information would be important to me. But it doesn't answer a specific question I am currently asking because it's not something I was even aware was happening until I saw it pop up into my feed. It's not something I enjoy or philosophy either. But it's knowledge that I should know and be on top of that's happening in my industry.
So where does keeping on top of intelligence in your field of work fit?
I still think this article is incredibly insightful and I will continue thinking about how I consume information and how to be more productive about it. But I think there is a missing piece here that won't allow me to just shut off all newsletters and Twitter feeds.
Excellent. Well worth the read.
I'm still a little confused by this. What is the model for money flow from reader to writer. 50% of what? Of the monthly subscription fee? Is it divided between all the articles that were read that month? Are you paying writers per read?
Also, I still am missing why this would help publishers at all. Maybe someone can explain.
What a pile of drivel. I know many Trump supporters and there are many reasons that people support him. Some don’t like how progressive the Democratic Party has become. Others like his policies believe it or not. This article makes many assumptions and oversimplifies a lot. It’s not just about white pride.
The author seems to miss the point. Cancel culture ruins the lives of people who don’t have the power and connections to make it through. It chills free speech. It sentences people without judge or jury.