Do you ever pick out quotes in stories and copy them to share with friends? Well now you can also see what quotes other readers are highlighting and copying on Huffingtonpost.com.
The news website recently unveiled a new feature called “HuffPost Highlights,” which feeds quotes and passages readers have copied into a searchable web page. It is also the first project from HuffPost Labs.
Editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington blogged about the new feature and described it as an easy way to find the most interesting content on the site.
“So why not let the millions of other readers find some of the best content for you — the amazing quotes, eye-popping statistics, and inspirational insights that your fellow readers are sharing, tweeting, and discussing in conversations online and off?” – Huffington wrote on her blog
In the first paragraph, I noticed the text was highlighted in yellow. I clicked on the paragraph and was directed back to the Highlights main page for more information.
The page allows you to boost quotes and share them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Wait, Pinterest? Don’t you need a photo for that?
I tried sharing a quote on the photo-pinning site and found that the quote is recreated into a photo with a blank background and text. Maybe there’s more to Pinterest sharing, after all.
The Highlights page also allows you to trash a quote if you don’t like it.
So how do you get one of your favorite quotes to appear on the page?
“All you have to do is select that text with your cursor and copy it, and your quote will be mixed in with all the other quotes displayed on Highlights.” – Arianna’s blog post
It seems easy enough and could potentially cut down on the time you spend sifting through the site. But is this a good thing?
I say yes.
The Huffington Post realizes that its staff produces a lot of content throughout the day. By creating the feature, it’s helping readers find popular and recent content that others are talking about.