Organize All the Crap You Read on the Internet with dotdotdot
There are already so many ways to collect and read articles and stories on the web. There’s great apps like Readability and Pocket, there’s RSS feeds like Feedly, and then there are archaic forms like using bookmarks in your browser.
But there’s also dotdotdot for the web and iOS. It’s an interesting combination of a reader, bookmarker, and social network. It’s mainly designed for long-form reading, and there are a few different ways to get stuff in there to read. One is to use the bookmark extension in your browser, which will parse the text for easy reading later. You can also upload .epub files, and the app handily provides you with links to a few places where you can find some. Finally, you can see curated lists that other people have created and add those texts to your library. Once you have stuff added, you can organize it into lists, which is a must-have feature for me, as I need to separate short stories from articles and novels from non-fiction. dotdotdot syncs your texts between the web and your iOS device so you can read wherever you are, and while reading, you can highlight quotes to save, comment on, or share. Using the “Memory” feature, you can see and search through all your highlights, comments, and likes, making your own searchable notebook of whatever you deem worthy.
The thing that sets apart dotdotdot from most similar apps, however, is its social network features. In your dashboard, you can see a stream of what’s happening among the people you follow as well as the global user base. You can share quotes and comments with your followers, and they’ll be able to see what you’ve been reading. Any interesting quote you highlight can instantly be shared to your followers, emailed to a friend, or posted on Facebook or Twitter.
dotdotdot is not perfect. Its user base is small and there is no way to change the format of text or direction of pages. I would personally prefer to scroll down like a webpage, but at this point there is no such option. I also encountered some bugs and ease of usability issues that affected my experience in Chrome.
These are all issues that will (hopefully) get sorted out, and they don’t stop dotdotdot from massively helping me to organize and consolidate my reading lists in a fun, social way.