StumbleRead Feature Ideas

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I’ve been trying to prioritize the requests I’ve had for StumbleRead. Thanks to everybody who has provided feedback.

1. Support for “Hide” (as defined by FriendFeed)

2. There is a bug when opening articles (for example from the New York Times) where the article takes over the StumbleRead frame. I’m not 100% sure I can fix this, but I will try.

3. “Next >>” bookmarklet. Just discovered that Google Reader has one of these, and it would be perfect for StumbleRead. Clicking the button would take you to the next unread item in your FriendFeed queue. (This would likely also entail “read item” tracking, though you could imagine it opening just the item with the newest comment or like).

4. Reverse sort order comments. Probably will make this a preference option.

5. Pop-out mode, where StumbleRead left hand frame becomes its own window (like a Web based Twhirl). it would still auto open posts, but allow us to see the URL of the content pane.

6. “Horizontal” mode. Just something I want to try. One item at a time in horizontal pane at the top.

7. FireFox add-in. This would probably be too much work for me to undertake. I’m hoping the combination of the above features will make an add-in unnecessary.

8. Skins. Would be great to have some alternate color schemes.

9. Search and filter. I really want to be able to filter to just videos or photos.

James Mowery has posted separately with some great suggestions for the ultimate FriendFeed client.

“Perhaps third-party developers should attempt to integrate more tabs and/or filters within a FriendFeed client. Why not have tabs or filters for each of the following: blogging activity, news activity, social networking activity, multimedia activity, shopping activity, comment activity, and more.”

#9 should cover that

“The interface should allow users to properly and intuitively manage, display, and sort comments.”

#4 should help

“Finally, the person or people who decide to make the ultimate FriendFeed client should find ways to extend FriendFeed’s uses. Honestly now, who knew that Twitter was going to be a popular service to track packages and calculate MPG rates? Who knew that it would turn the everyday person into a reporter? Who knew that it would be one of the most dominant marketing tools today? Who knew that it would change the world? FriendFeed’s third-party developers should apply all this knowledge to their creations.”

This is a big but fascinating challenge. FriendFeed is already so interoperable. What StumbleRead could do is package all the audio or video links into a playlist. Just one idea.

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