Back when texting was all the rage, people were inclined to forward so-called quotations to one another for fun, for inspiration, or for no reason at all. Now, people do it over Twitter, at times with a misquotation and often without proper attribution. The following “quotation” nicely sums up what I mean.
The above is a screenshot I took from a new universal iOS app called SimpleQuote. Not to be confused with Simplenote, SimpleQuote aims to be a simple way to read and share quotations, or quotes. Basically, it’s a slide show of quotes, both famous and little known. Take a peek at this slide show in the trailer for SimpleQuote below.
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The quotes in SimpleQuote are presented one by one with varying designs, with different typefaces, background colors, and inscribed symbols. You can flip from one quote to another by simply tapping or swiping down your device’s screen or by shaking your device. Alternatively, you can leave the app on idle mode on your iPad and it will automatically flip to a new quote every ten seconds or so. New quotes are displayed randomly, but quotes that you’ve already read may still be shown again. So, calling them “new” wouldn’t be entirely accurate, and the app might get repetitive over time.
If you want to add to the existing mix of quotes being showcased in the app, you can do so by swiping up to reveal the quote submission form. Fill in the quote and source fields, shake to change the design of your quote presentation, and tap “Send.” Soon you’ll be seeing your favorite quote perhaps between an old Chinese proverb and one of Steve Jobs’ popular utterances. The quotes being submitted don’t seem to go through any approval process before they get displayed in the app, so SimpleQuote has the unfortunate potential of becoming noisy with misquotations, or worse, tweets.