Quotebacks are great

Tom Critchlow and Toby Shorin created a blogging tool called Quotebacks:

The ultimate goal is to encourage and activate a deeper cross-blogger discusson space. To promote diverse voices and encourage networked writing to flourish.

But, while that’s a lofty goal the tool is small and simple. Quotebacks is three things:

  1. A web-native citation standard and quoting UX pattern
  2. A tiny library, quoteback.js, that converts HTML <blockquote> tags into elegant interactive webcomponents
  3. A browser extension to create quoteback components and store any quotes you save to publish later.

And I gotta say, I’m kinda liking this. Liking it a lot, actually. Feels like a neatly updated, contemporary version of old school blogging, stripped of any nostalgia. It just works, and that’s kinda priceless.