Words Move Me

Slick but limited, Sony’s new quote sharing utility, Words Move Me is a VERY neat concept. There are many features that seem glaringly missing for this to be a service that will actually take hold. Most notably, books and authors should be able to auto complete and browsing by author should use last name. Allowing integration with other platforms (Twitter,Facebook, etc) and setting up RSS feeds for users or tags are just a few that come to mind. I find myself wishing DiffBot’s FeedBeater would allow me to use jQuery selectors. $(“div.grid_12”) would work perfectly on “Words Move Me” browse pages. But I digress.

I set up an account (My Profile). Something I always make note of (both as a developer and a user) is what I’m allowed to do with an open text box. In this case, Sony seems to be of the “lets see what they’ll do” attitude and I was able to accomplish the following:

The first is just your standard <a href=””>. The twitter link is also just a standard link, but I entered “follow me:” as <span>follow me:</span>. That and the restricted width let me make it seem like I’d added an extra field. I’d have experimented further, but I like how it turned out.

Sony lets you add 3 tags along with a submission, and I find it interesting that they preface the three open text boxes with:

Tag your entry with at least one emotion that describes how this literary moment makes you feel.

I wonder how much that simple bit of guidance will affect their tag cloud.

For my first quote I chose these 2 sentences from early in China Miéville’s The City & The City

In my glance I took in her clothes, her way of walking, of holding herself, and looking. With a hard start, I realized that she was not on GunterStrász at all, and that I should not have seen her.

That and the opening sentence of the novel

I could not see the street or much of the estate.

begin to establish how perception and reality are intertwined in this unique setting.

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~ by mentatjack on August 29, 2009.

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