Comment mentions

Wookmark is becoming more collaborative. A small step in this direction is the new option of notifying others of a comment. Just type your comment as usual, and use the new dropdown below the comment field to pick the people you want to notify. They will receive an email with your comment and a preview of the image, nice and simple. This functionality will evolve a little bit further in the upcoming days and weeks, based on how everybody ends up using it. I hope you find it useful, and I'd love to hear how you use it.

Posted on 2017-05-16

Ffffound export

Unfortunately, Ffffound.com is shutting down. The site was a major inspiration for Wookmark and was always an amazing place to find cool visuals. Development also stopped on it years ago and it looks like now it's time to put it to rest. To export your Ffffound into Wookmark, simply create a Wookmark account and message us with your usernames. We'll handle the import for you.

Posted on 2017-04-20

Basic Wookmark accounts now cost $20 per year

Wookmark has now become a paid service. Unfortunately, there are no more free accounts. Joining Wookmark now requires a credit card and costs $20 per year. This was a tricky decision, but it is necessary and will hopefully lead to a better experience for everyone involved. Here's why this change is necessary.

The majority of time I have spent on Wookmark over the last year has been on fighting spam. What happens is that spammers use scripts to create thousands of accounts and images. The two main forms of spam on Wookmark were online stores for wedding gowns and sneakers, and search-engine spam. The first group uses automated processes to creates dozens of online stores and then spams any free, public website with content, in order to drive clicks and traffic, in the hope that people buy their products. The second groups of spammers are really just out to build links to other websites. They create endless accounts and just fill out the profile info and website, hoping that Google will recognize the links and then boost their search result placement.

Spam is an endless game of adding new methods to identify and prevent it, and spammers adjusting within hours or days to get around them. No matter what sophisticated methods and tools I added, spammers have just as sophisticated tools to get around them. Removing spam is also tricky, because it's easy to accidentally remove real content. So there has always been a manual review process involved in addition to all the automated tools.

Spam wastes time, and pollutes the experience that Wookmark wants to achieve, the experience of a community of people who love to gather and explore creative work.

Therefore this change to move to paid accounts. There are many ways in which I'd like to improve Wookmark, but all my time has been sucked away trying to outwit spammers. There are many big companies that can afford to give away their services for free and have teams of professionals to deal with spam. Wookmark is not that big of a service and does not have the deep resources. Hopefully the requirement to chip in a little bit of money will result in less spam, a better service, and a more engaged community. This is an experiment, as many parts of Wookmark are, and time will tell.

Not that this only affects new accounts right now, and the site will be adjusted over the next few days to reflect the change. Thank you for your patience during that time. Any account created before today will work as before. The Plus account system will be adjusted very soon.

I hope this makes sense to you and is an understandable decision. I'm happy to hear any feedback and thoughts.

Posted on 2017-01-19

Refreshing

An updated look for Wookmark was rolled out today. Technology changes so fast and it was time to bring things up-to-par with today's expectations. While all the visual elements were refined, only a few things have changed as far as the content goes. So hopefully you will find your way around as usual. Here are a few key changes.

Side Menu
This menu now contains a list of your groups, so you can easily access them from any page, without having to go through your profile page first. You can also create new groups right in the sidebar.

Top-level information
Pages for people, groups, etc have always shown some top-level information as to what the page is about (name of a group, user profile info, etc). Previously this information was in a box that fit right in-line with the image grid. While this made for a very clean overall layout, it just wasn't clear what you are looking at when you land on a page. That information is now in a box that stretches the full width of the top of the page. It's easier to use.

Visuals
Going with the times, Wookmark is now flatter and skinnier. I think it's an appropriate look that allows the interface to stay out of the way and keep the focus on the images. Icons fonts, retina support and responsive images should ensure a great visual experience. There are still areas to be refined and more pages to be updated (such as settings and help pages). So keep your eye out for more.

What's next
This update required a lot of changes under the hood. Whenever this happens, it's good to take a short break and ensure that everything still works as it should. The next steps are already planned out though. First, the mobile site will get the same visual refresh. Then, it's on to some new features for teams and easier collaboration. Talking to people, and reading through the incoming feedback, it's clear that many of you want to do more with groups and that working together is not convenient enough. So let's make this happen.

Thank you
Thanks for using Wookmark. I hope you enjoy the new updates. Feel free to reach out with questions and feedback at all times.

Posted on 2014-09-28

Design refresh

This has been a long time in the works, and the new design refresh is 99% ready to be rolled out. The updated look will be simpler and more structured, and the visual focus will be more on the images and videos you have been saving. Since the beginning, the pristine, white interior of the MoMA has been an inspiration, and this update takes Wookmark one step closer. Look out for it in the next few days.

Posted on 2014-07-30

A new lightbox & other updates

Wookmark lightbox update
Now that the iPhone app is out the door (and you hopefully already tried it out), the website got a little more attention. There were quite a few behind-the-scenes changes to make things faster, and a more noticeable update to the lightbox. All the information in the lightbox is now closer together instead of being spread out in all corners of your browser. Instead of an "Add note" button there's now always an input field readily awaiting your thoughts. So it should be much snappier and quicker now to use the site, and I hope you enjoy using it.

Posted on 2013-07-30

The iPhone App is now available

Wookmark iPhone App
The app is finally available for iPhone. Try it out, and let me know what you think.

This has been really fun to develop and test. The app has most of the functionality of the website, and the few features that didn't make it into this first version will be added with future updates.

View Wookmark in the App Store

Posted on 2013-07-17

iPhone App coming soon

Smart phones are the future. 2 million new smart phones are activated every day. Soon we'll all be sitting in the park staring at our phones instead of being chained to our desks at home. To keep up with changing times, I've spent a good amount of time building a mobile website for Wookmark over the past 6 months. That way, everybody with a phone can use Wookmark, no matter what type of phone they have. Now it's time to step things up with an iPhone app. If you're an Android lover, you might ask why iPhone first? The answer is because 67% of people who use Wookmark from their phones use iPhones.

The app has been in the works for about 5 weeks and was just rolled out to the first testers. Their feedback has been good, so hopefully I can wrap it up soon and make it available to everybody in the App Store. If there's anything particular you'd like to see in a Wookmark iPhone app, feel free to reach out.

Posted on 2013-05-07

Hashtags

Just a quick update that you can use hashtags in notes now. Just add a "#" to any word (such as "#food", "portrait" or "#illustration") and it will become a hashtag once you post your note. It's a nice extra way to organize images without cluttering up your groups. Clicking a hashtag takes you to a page with all the images that are tagged with it. As usual, this is the first version of this feature and it will evolve over time with your input.

Posted on 2013-03-29

Explore images by color

Wookmark color picker
If you haven't seen it yet, check out the new Colors page, it let's you easily see images with up to three colors you can pick. Colors have been a big part of Wookmark since the beginning. First, each image is analyzed for the 10 most used colors. That palette is used on each image page to show you images with similar colors. And then you can also click on any color swatch and see images that use it. Now, with the new picker, you have even more flexibility.

The bigger picture of these options is to provide many ways to explore and dive into all the great content on Wookmark. An image added a year ago can be just as interesting as one uploaded today, so these options are important to make this big repository of things easy to browse. Color is one of the most playful parts of Wookmark, we got lots of good feedback on it, and so I wanted to provide you with this dedicated page just for color exploration. Let me know what you think.

Posted on 2013-03-04