The New and Improved Throwww: More Features, But as Elegant as Ever.

sfard on September 17 2012


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A few weeks ago I built Throwww, a minimalistic blogging Platform designed for people who want to just write something and share it. Here's the original post explaining in greater detail why I built throwww.

The feedback was positive and constructive: most people liked the elegance of throwww but wanted a few more features. In the time since launching, I've done my best to introduce more functionality while (at least in my humble opinion) sticking to the chief principle of simplicity. Here's a list of new features

Formatting, Images, and Video

Some people wanted more than just pure text. Some didn't. To add that functionality without compromising speed or simplicity, I went with markdown. For those of you who don't know, markdown is a simple language that allows you to do things like italicize your text, or add a link. I also added extensions to allow you to embed videos in your posts, like so

For a full list of formatting and embedding options, click on "formatting help" at the bottom-left of your screen next time you start writing a post.

Notifications

Now when someone comments on your posts or replies to your comments, you'll know! You have to be signed-in to see notifications. In the future, I will add an option to be tweeted when you get notifications. I will add this, but not yet... not yet.

Tracking Anonymous Posts

Now if you are logged in and elect to post anonymously, you get all the features associated with logging in, without losing your anonymity. This means you can delete the article, get notifications, and have article views credited to your user page.

Saving

Don't worry about losing your work in progress anymore. Whether you're logged in or not, articles are automatically saved every 60 seconds, with the option to save whenever else you may want.*

There's more to come. A few things prioritized right now are comment sorting, being able to edit articles, and some kind of "best of" or "trending" page. Throwww is still a work in progress, so sorry in advance for bugs. If you find any or have suggestions, please comment on this article or tweet me

*Saved posts use cookies, so unfortunately they will be lost if you wipe your cookies or are working in incognito mode of your browser.

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AQZV | reply
I tried to comment on your reason for making throwww. Love the idea. But got an error message. Not cool.


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SThomps | reply
I love the concept of tracking anonymous posts. The saving concept is fantastic, I lost two posts last week because I forgot to save.

Great job with markdown - it's just more elegant. Thanks for keeping things so simple.
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sfard | reply
Thanks, Spencer. I'm hoping the anonymous post + tracking results in a lot of whistle blowing or at least something scandalous ;)


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gitfrog | reply
Perfect, I was going to request editing! Also loving the save functionality. On that note, it would be nice if I could save my work into a "draft" section on my dashboard page.

Everything is still elegant. Keep up the awesome work!
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sfard | reply
Thanks for the feedback gitfrog. The current save feature was designed the way it was so that anonymous users could still save. I think drafts are important too - especially for people who would use this as more of a serious blog, so I'll add that to the backlog. Gotta find a way to make the design intuitive though since I'd effectively be "overloading" the save function.


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gitfrog | reply
Hey sfrad...just noticing that the image (or video?) doesn't show up above. I'm running Chrome. I'll also try to monitor the site on Android (I'm running a Motorola Razr smartphone and a Samsung Gallaxy tablet).
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vacipr | reply
I can't see the video window (the grey square saying that I'm missing flash).
I'm using the latest firefox nightly on arch linux without flash.
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sfard | reply
Oh!? It's just an embedded youtube Iframe. I'll try on my Nexus S.
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Ah! I'm behind a firewall which blocks youtube.
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That said, I usually see a box pop up saying that the content is not available. Here I'm seeing nothing, just open white space.
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sfard | reply
Hrmm.. my best guess is that since it's an embedded Youtube video, the popup would effectively be in the iframe so it's not reaching the parent window. Do other sites with embedded youtube videos work?


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benklaasen | reply
Saeid, this is really spectacular! Thanks so much for putting throwww together. I'm sure you're aware [Posterous is headed for the scrap heap](http://blog.posterous.com/big-news) and I think throwww is well placed to snap up refugees from Posterous. Have you considered implementing an "Import from Posterous" feature?
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benklaasen | reply
Heh heh, no markdown in comments - fair enough! :-)
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ha and no. Though it'd literally take seconds to add. Just didn't want comments to be over-stylized. Might considering just taking out img and heading tags.
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sfard | reply
Hrmm.... good idea. I'll look into how Posterous organizes their data to see how easy an import would be. Marketing it to posterous users is another thing...
Thanks for the kind comments btw :)


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mslonina | reply
Great job :) At least one feature will make me even more happy -- support for Latin Extended characters (as far as I see this is Universe, without support for i.e. Central European chars). Is it possible to use Universe with Central European support or, change the font, say, to Open Sans or Lato from Google Fonts?
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sfard | reply
Hrmmm... good question. Can you give me an example of what you mean by latin extended characters? I'll see what I can do... I thought univers had pretty good character support :(
Where you from, btw? (i.e., what language?)


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