Tag Archive for ‘OneShot’

‘Blogging’ with Twitter and Instapaper ➝

Justin Blanton plans to start publishing the content that would typically end up on his weblog on his Twitter account instead. These tweets will be published in the form of textshots using tools like OneShot and Instapaper.

I’m anxious to see how this works out for Justin. I’ve dipped my toe into the textshots water a time or two and found it to be a fairly friction-free experience (especially with Instapaper’s implementation). But I still don’t expect I’ll be using it too often — given that I already have a place to do that type of publishing and can easily do so from any device I own.

Justin’s decision makes sense, though. He doesn’t spend much time infront of his home computer anymore and his current weblog setup doesn’t allow for him to easily publishing links on his iPhone. Textshots sounds like a great solution for someone in this position. I just hope he finds the time to write a longer piece on Hypertext in a few weeks or months discussing how this experiment went.

OneShot, a One Week Design Case Study ➝

Speaking of OneShot, Daniel Zarick wrote about how the app came together and discussed some of the design decisions. I especially enjoyed the bit about their omission of share extensions — I don’t know anyone who uses them regularly either and rarely use them myself.

OneShot ➝

An interesting new iOS app that allows you to highlight and share screenshots of webpages on Twitter. I wasn’t aware of this trend until I saw Joe Caiati’s piece about it on dot info. I’ve seen people tweeting screenshots of their notes application as a way to write more than 140 characters without the use of a third party service, but screenshots of webpages with highlighted text is brand new to me.

I’ve mostly ignored this “text shots” (or “screenshorts”) trend until Neven Mrgan noted one of OneShot’s most compelling features:

It also promises to do something magical: figure out from your Safari screenshot the actual URL of the source page. Or rather, it promises to try it. The screenshot doesn’t actually include the URL, so what (I think) the app does is, it runs OCR on the URL at the top of the page, then checks that website for recent articles.

Now here’s where magic meets honesty: OneShot shares its uncertainty with you. If it’s not totally sure about which article you want to highlight, it has you choose it.

OneShot’s ability to figure out the URL to the webpage you’ve taken a screenshot of is fascinating to me. And, I love that the app will guess and give you options if it doesn’t know for sure. It’s much better for the app to ask rather than simply publishing its guess and getting it wrong.

For myself and many others who already have an outlet for this type of quoting and linking, I don’t expect text shots to go too much further than a few experimental tweets. But, I could easily see this trend catching on with Twitter users who are looking to share links with more specificity.