I wrote up some ideas on Discord + in a blog post the other day; I’m moving that over here.
A feature idea I’m currently mulling over: make it easy for people to share collections of publications that you can subscribe to with yakread (or any other rss reader).
example of how this might look: Add a page at yakread.com/share where you can paste in links to newsletters/blogs/etc. yakread fetches the RSS feed for each of the links you paste, if there is one. Then you get a link, e.g. something like yakread.com/subscribe?collection=… If someone clicks that link, they see a list of all the publications + a checkbox for each one (checked by default). Then there’s a text box where they can type in their email. If they hit subscribe, they’re subscribed to yakread, and all the RSS feeds they’ve selected are added to their account.
- if someone is already signed in to yakread when they click on the shared link, then the email field gets prefilled
- the subscribe page could also have a link to download the raw OPML file. people can download that if they want to subscribe with a reader other than yakread. (it can work with the checkboxes too–the opml file will omit any publications that you’ve deselected)
- when you create the share link, maybe add a commentary field for each publication. so when people visit yakread’s subscribe page, they can read any commentary you’ve put in.
- add some stats pages so you can see how many subscribers you’ve referred to each feed. also make it so people can see how many people on yakread have subscribed to/been referred to their own feed. stats could also include # of times feeds have been exported to an opml file–then the stats still work to some extent if people subscribe with other readers.
(As an aside, I’ve been thinking that Yakread should focus more on RSS than on email–and this is a great example of why. It’s taken a ton of effort just to make simple email 1-click subscribes work cross-platform on The Sample.)
If any other RSS readers support it, I’d even be down to add buttons to make it easy to subscribe to the feeds with those instead of yakread without needing to download the opml file. I’m not aware of any readers actually supporting this today, but I’d just need to be able to pass a link to the opml file. e.g. if readwise supported it, I could have a button that leads to something like Readwise…
It would be cool if this could recreate cross-promotion network effects that are coming from substack’s recommendations, but have it be cross-platform (and still just as frictionless)