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ReadingPack

Shared Reading List (like Pocket but social)

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Ryan Hoover
Thanks for joining, @yuvals! I just discovered ReadingPack and it reminds me a lot of Linkydink (cc @jongold @choosenick). How did you come up with the idea and why did you build it?
Yuval Shoshan
Maker
Thanks @rrhoover. I like the idea of Linkydink. It's pretty cool and useful but it's different from @ReadingPack's goal. I read a lot and my friends used to asked me to send them interesting articles, so I created @ReadingPack - It's like @Pocket, but with a social layer (shared reading list and reading feed from your friends' recommendations). Anyone can take a look on your reading list and you can follow your friends' lists. Currently we're a team of two co-founders with big plans :-) I would be happy to hear any suggestions you may have.
Ryan Hoover
@yuvals - well since you teased it, what are your big plans? :)
Yuval Shoshan
Maker
@rrhoover I'll keep you posted :)
Ryan Hoover
@yuvals - I see. Being secretive. :) So you're based in Israel. What's the startup scene like there? Have you thought of moving elsewhere?
Kam Bain ✍
Awesome idea @yuvals I love pocket, but their social features are horrible so there's definitely a need for something like this! Excited to try this out.
Yuval Shoshan
Maker
@rrhoover - It's great, especially Tel Aviv. A lot of startups and great people. Come visit someday. However, option of moving is always open. @kam_bain - I'm glad to hear that, thank you! Please let me know what do you think (here or yuval@readingpack.com).
Belle Beth Cooper
Really interesting idea. My co-founder and I have been looking for a good way to share links for a while and haven't settled on anything. We're using Kippt for now but it's not quite right. It seems like ReadingPack is more open like Kippt, whereas we're after something for sharing privately. I'll take a look anyway, though!
Raphael Ouzan
The problem of shared reading lists within organization, between co-founders, couple, etc. hasn't been really nailed I agree. To me the fact that I need to follow people to make my profile complete makes hit miss that goal since like @BelleBethCoopera and probably many others, I'm looking for a private, managed and not obstructive method of sharing a highly curated list of online resources that I would like my peers to consume at their own pace, get their feedback sometimes, etc. I think this process is still mostly done via email today. @rrhoover Tel Aviv is such an inspiring place for startups with a very warm and strong community of founders, funders, brilliant tech guys with the "I can do it" approach that just want to build things. Here's a few thoughts I shared last year with TNW about it if that's interesting to you: http://thenextweb.com/events/2012/08/20/military-mission-intelligence-taste-startup-life-tel-aviv-raphael-ouzan-billguard/#!qCYdS
Yuval Shoshan
Maker
Thanks @BelleBethCooper! Currently @ReadingPack is less about private sharing between groups, we're creating a reading list that anyone can see. I'm not sure if this is what you are looking for, but I'll be happy to hear what's your opinion. @raphaelouzan I completely understand. It's an interesting idea and worth thinking about it. Thanks for your feedback!
Belle Beth Cooper
@yuvals Aha. Not quite what I'm after but definitely an interesting idea. Looks quite similar to Kippt, how do you differentiate it from that service?
Yuval Shoshan
Maker
Hi @BelleBethCooper. Sorry for the late response. @ReadingPack isn't about collecting things on the web - It's about helping each other to read only what's a must read. Today we're discovering tons of articles via apps like Zite, Flipboard, Twitter and so on. We're usually saving those articles to apps like Pocket or Instapaper. And finally, we're reading only a few articles from a never-ending-list, and sharing the good stuff back to the sea of tweets. I believe it should be different. Your reading list should be dynamic, changing by the people you are following. The order of the articles is by the number of the recommendations per article and not by date. It's not just a list of interesting links. I don't think that Kippt is working in this way, and this is our vision. So basically you have a reading list that works for you.
Belle Beth Cooper
Thanks for the reply, @yuvals - that makes sense. Good luck with it!
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