Ask DN: Any Sidebar readers around here?

10 years ago from , Creator at Sidebar

Just wondering if people around here read Sidebar?

Any suggestions or things you'd like to see? And do you see it as a complement to DN or more of a competitor?


  • Dennis KramerDennis Kramer, 10 years ago

    I started using Sidebar first, and actually found out about DN through Sidebar. While I now pretty much always see an overlap between the two, I continue to use both, as Sidebar can sometimes have content that hasn't ended up on DN yet, or at the very least reconfirms the relevance of particular links that I may have skimmed over in DN.

    Additionally, I think Sidebar is great for busy days when I don't really have time to get sucked into DN. If something major happens that I miss, I can rely on Sidebar to fill me in at a time that's convenient for me, not as it happens.

    3 points
  • Marco MorenoMarco Moreno, 10 years ago

    I also believe these two services can exist. I like the fact that Sidebar is still a bit more curated and personal you aren't overwhelmed with links to check out. Sometimes DN can be a bit of a chore when it comes to finding links because they are so many. With Sidebar you know you are always seeing five and other links are a few clicks away.

    While I like the fact that they opened up DN to a bigger audience you already see they are having to do some monitoring and housekeeping as a result.

    My 2 cents.

    1 point
  • Allan GrinshteinAllan Grinshtein, 10 years ago

    Sidebar is wonderful. I really want both sites to coexist. There are plenty of other shitty link lists and forums out there and too few good ones.

    I sincerely hope that Sidebar sticks around, and I hope that DN gets large enough to be able to drive a lot of traffic there (and hopefully visa versa).

    1 point
    • Sacha Greif, 10 years ago

      Thanks! Actually, my original vision for Sidebar was to build a "Hacker News for designers". Which is why I developed Telescope (http://telesc.pe), which Sidebar is built on top of.

      So the current newsletter-like format was more of a way to test the waters and build up an audience first before transitioning into a real community-driven site. But people seemed to really respond to it so I ended up keeping that concept.

      Of course the fact that DN launched right around the same time also played a role in that decision. You guys are doing a great job with the site and I don't think I could do better, at least for now… ;)

      1 point
  • Becca Tetzlaff, 10 years ago

    I love Sidebar! But yes I do see DN as a competitor because many of the links are similar and I am seeing them faster on DN. One thing I would like to see on Sidebar are little descriptions under the links, because sometimes the title is completely meaningless as to what the link is about and I'm not sure if it will interest me or not.

    1 point
  • Sacha Greif, 10 years ago

    Whoops, forgot the link: http://sidebar.io

    1 point
  • Ketan Anjaria, 10 years ago

    I think of DN has the entire river and SideBar as the best links. Curation is always important even in our sub realm. We're all a picky bunch. But I do think it's hard for people to keep both things in mind. Couldn't SideBar be a curated list of the best items on DN? Would be awesome if you joined forces, that's how big things get started.

    0 points
  • Antonio PratasAntonio Pratas, 10 years ago

    I use sidebar with a weekly subscription. Now that I'm also using DN sometimes the links are "old news", but I like the idea of having a weekly mail reminding me that those are the things I really should know about that week, because somedays I can't keep up with DN or use it as much as I'd like to.

    0 points
  • Titouan MathisTitouan Mathis, 10 years ago

    Sidebar is really great, I love it. I think about it like receiving my newspaper in the morning :)

    The fact that I'm receiving the 5 links rather than looking for them really makes the difference with DN for me.

    0 points
  • Victor CoulonVictor Coulon, 10 years ago

    Sidebar is perfect for busy days and I'm sure to don't miss anything important. And don't forget that the links posted on Sidebar.io are selected (I mean in the newsletter) Less links but highest quality :)

    0 points
  • Stephen GraceStephen Grace, 10 years ago

    Yeah I love it Sacha. Usually has one or two links that I missed from the day. Keep it up, it's great.

    0 points
  • Lance QLance Q, 10 years ago

    More of a complement. DN for me is like an on-demand place to consume creative bits. Sidebar keeps me refreshed on a weekly basis. I also trust the latter's editor to just provide the best out there :)

    0 points
  • Emily Campbell, 10 years ago

    To reiterate what most of the commenters have shared, the Sidebar links tend to be rather outdated by the time they reach my inbox. I follow the DN bot on twitter, so I get updates about the articles on here throughout the day.

    You might consider a similar bot for sidebar.io, and perhaps direct the link through the sidebar.io site to get credit for pagehits (I'm not sure if that is clear, but it's the best way I can think of to describe it...sort of like the feature in Dropmark and Gimmebar, where clicking on a link shows the site, but with a header from either product, and a url such as http://elou.dropmark.com/99968/1443689.)

    Also, perhaps sidebar.io could take on a more curated approach, such as the Hack Design strategy.

    0 points
  • Simon BrownSimon Brown, 10 years ago

    I go to sidebar and all the links are visited - thanks DN

    0 points
  • Jonas LekeviciusJonas Lekevicius, 10 years ago

    I read every link every day, and I like Sidebar more than DN - and I do see them as competitors. It's nicely curated and almost every link is valuable and interesting.

    I do agree with suggestion to have very short and personal description about a link: what to expect, why it's worth reading or even what it is about.

    0 points
  • Bruce AckermanBruce Ackerman, 10 years ago

    Yeah I get the newsletter. I love it although I'd personally rather get a weekly newsletter than a daily one.

    0 points
  • Julien Pelletier, 10 years ago

    I do ! :) I see it as a complement of course. Since I can't spend hours everyday on DN, for me, Sidebar is more like a "Hey, here's what you've missed yesterday !"

    0 points
  • Alex RibeiroAlex Ribeiro, 10 years ago

    I don't, DN looks cool tho.

    0 points
  • Atakan SeçkinAtakan Seçkin, 10 years ago

    I don't check DN very often to keep track of every single content. With Sidebar, I'm sure I won't miss anything important. So, with the way I'm using, they kinda complement each other.

    0 points
  • Ian GaoIan Gao, 10 years ago

    Yeah, I completely agreed with Marian, DN almost contains all the links of Sidebar. By the time the links of Sidebar arrived at my inbox, I have already read them from DN.

    0 points
  • Account deleted 10 years ago

    Been checking out DN more than sidebar for the last few weeks. I love getting the newsletters though.

    I think a lot of people post links from sidebar to here all day.

    0 points
  • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, 10 years ago

    Yeah, I learned about these two around the same time. When I heard about it, I thought "what a great idea!", but DN I think is a superior competitor.

    Having said that, I believe I'd be using sidebar if this (DN) didn't exist.

    0 points