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Memex — Grant Report #5: April '21

blackforestboi profile image Oliver Sauter ・2 min read

About the Project

Memex.Social enables people to better collaborate in doing online research and get paid for curating quality content.
In one product you('ll) have:

  • Reddit's collaborative curation of web content
  • Google Doc's (collaborative) highlights on every website & PDF
  • Pocket's ease of saving and highlighting content

Download: getmemex.com

Project Update

We are short before releasing our MVP for

Co-curating and co-annotating collections.

People can share invite links to collections so that other people can contribute by adding pages, annotations and replies.
Screenshot 2021-04-02 at 11.03.59

Dashboard Refactor

Our work to make the collaboration features fit into the current UI, and make the dashboard ready for faster iterations in the future.
Screenshot 2021-04-02 at 10.46.37

Original Objectives

  1. Sharing Collections with pages and annotations: Launched
  2. Paying curators with the Web Monetisation standard: Launched
  3. Refactoring the Dashboard: About to launch
    • Was delayed bc we wanted to focus on the collaborative collections features first and launch them together.
  4. Annotating PDFs: Launched
  5. Research document outlining further integration potential with the Web Monetisation Standard
  6. Stretch Goal: Collaborative Collections: About to launch

Key Activities Last Month (March)

  • User Interviews
    • Wins: Could onboard 5 new 'True fans' really excited to test the new collab features. Together they have about 100k followers.
  • Improvements to our product prioritisation and speccing process
    • Adopted a variant of the Demand-Impact-Effort method to better prioritise
    • Improvements to how we spec technical vs feature requirements

Next Steps

Improvements for the sharing annotations UX.

Right now quite laborious. You need to add pages to a collection and then share the annotations for each page.
We want to introduce a bulk sharing mode on a collection level (it already exists on pages level) and a annotation status "protected", which allows users to mark very private annotations.
Screenshot 2021-04-02 at 11.33.02

Viewing and replying to annotations in the context of a page

With this, users can see the annotations of other people when browsing around, and reply to the threads there.

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Chris Lawrence

This is amazing stuff @blackforestboi I can't wait to hear more about the experience of the True Fans.