Readshout lets user keep others up to date on what they are reading online. The internet is a huge place; with more content than any one person could read in a reasonable amount of time. Through Readshout, users can see what has caught the interest of their friends and check these items out for themselves without searching the internet. Readshout provides an organized, easy to use way to give a shout out to the content a user finds worthy of taking the time to read.
The creators of Readshout wanted to put together a tool that allowed users to quickly find out what their friends were reading or share what they have discovered and deem worthy of a look. The format was designed to be simple so users of all internet experience levels could easily grasp it. The result was ReadShout, a well organized website that allows users to quickly send updates about what they are reading.
The concept of the “shout” is nothing new. Many websites have had shout boxes for years and others have similar tools, like Facebook’s wall. However, most of these are dedicated to general posting. Readshout lets user focus on one thing: sharing what they read online. Although this sounds like a simple functionality that can be done anywhere, narrowing down the focus of posting messages helps others know exactly what to expect when they come to Readshout. Anyone that loves to discover new content online can use Readshout to find more or show others items they think are well worth a read.
The Readshout website features an eye catching blue and black background that blends, pulling the entire site together regardless of which page the user visits. The site is kept clutter free with only the most important, basic items visible. Users can quickly post or find a posting within a few clicks. The service is simple, but that simplicity makes it all the more enticing. Scrolling down on the homepage also gives the user a look at some recent Readshout postings in case they need a place to get started.
Readshout gives users only one login option: Facebook. As soon as a newcomer stops by the homepage, they will see the large blue Facebook registration button positioned prominently at the center. This opens up another browser asking the user to enter their Facebook login information. While this is certainly an easy registration process, it is rather limited for users that do not use Facebook or who prefer to not link their profiles. Additional login options would be nice, such as through Google or Yahoo.
Although Readshout may appeal to many frequent readers on the internet, the service provided is very basic and does not offer up any valuable service that someone would want to pay for. That being said, anyone can use Readshout for free. There are no subscription fees and no premium paid account at this time. This really works in Readshout’s favor because it encourages others to join up and start posting the content they find interesting. More users can add to the pool of available suggestions and entice others to join up.
Anyone who loves to read online could appreciate Readshout. It offers a way to discover new resources on topics a user finds interesting or stay up to date on a particular item. Using the power of the community, Readshout can highlight interesting content. Users can also look for the items their friends are reading and check those out as well. Like minded people can quickly share resources and articles.