Why drips are limited

There are several reasons why we limit drips, but the most important — by far — is to improve your learning success. Drip limits will also provide the mechanism for rewarding drip authors for their contributions to the Trickle lifelong learning community and to create a sustainable economic engine for the Trickle platform. We limit drips to improve your learning experience Learning is like food: larger portions do not necessarily lead to a better outcome or experience. It is our mission to build the best possible system for lifelong learning. Our primary metric for success is the learning outcome of our users. We've only done a good job if you can successfully use Trickle to acquire new knowledge and skills. Learning requires focus. But our current environment is replete with distractions. Competing media outlets vie for our attention inviting us to binge on content, scroll just a little further, swipe one more time, or click on one more link. It's like trying to drink from a firehose. Focus is hard to achieve when everybody is competing for your attention. Trickle is designed for your long-term success. We leverage the concept of microlearning transporting knowledge in short drips that can be easily consumed in breaks throughout the day. Drips are concise explanations of a single idea or concept. These easily digestible units of microlearning content are the foundation of Trickle. Drips set a steady pace for learning, like the rhythm of a drum that sets the tempo for your lifelong learning dance. As long as you read a few drips per day, you can be sure to make amazing progress over time. If you consume too many drips, you risk treating a subject superficially. You risk to skim over important insights and are likely to forget them quickly before you've had the chance to internalize them. Time plays also an important role in memory. The less time you spent on a subject the less capacity you may have later to recall this memory. Repetition also plays a critical role and that's where sources come in. Sources are essential to learning with Trickle and are attached to every drip providing you with the opportunity to dive deeper into a subject. Sources are links to great learning content in the form of articles, videos, podcasts, books, or websites. Virtually anything with an internet address can be a Trickle source if it helps people learn. We designed Trickle in a way that all drips look similar, so you can easily find your way into any subject. But visiting sources will trigger very different experiences, some are videos, some are audio, each page has a different design. This variation helps make an idea stick. So give us the benefit of the doubt and try it out. Read your drips and return to the content in a steady cadence. You'll see what we mean. Now let's cover the secondary aspects of why we limit drips. We limit drips to be able to give back to content creators In addition to being a place for learning, Trickle is a platform for you to share your knowledge. And we believe that everyone should be rewarded for sharing good quality insights. We envision a system in which users publishing good quality content receive micropayments for every drip read by a premium user. Great insights are invaluable, so we want to set up incentives that encourages our users to create high-quality drips and keep them up to date as our collective knowledge evolves. We believe that this will help knowledge spread and make it more accessible to everyone. By limiting the number of drips, the system encourages drip authors to deliver great value with every drip. We limit drips to reward users that support our platform financially Just like any organization, Trickle needs an economic engine to support the platform. The economic engine is what provides the funds that keep the lights on and the servers humming. That is the rationale for our Freemium model. The free-tier helps make lifelong learning available for everyone, no matter their financial means. While the premium-tier collects a contribution to keeping Trickle running from users willing to pay for additional features and content. Free users are limited to two drips per day, while premium users can access five. Naturally, we will collect feedback from users and test our assumptions. This might lead to adjustments to the economic engine over time. For the time being, we are confident that this is the right direction for Trickle and its users.

Achim Rothe
02 Jul 2020

Publishing criteria for Trickle learning content

Our mission at Trickle is to make lifelong learning effortless. That mission has a profound influence on the type of content we welcome on the platform. The primary purpose of any content on Trickle must be to enable learning. While that narrows down the range of content on Trickle a little, the potential scope remains immense. Collectively, lifelong learners have an immense range of interests. And there are many different ways to present information to facilitate learning. So authors have significant freedom in how they present their material. However, it should be clear that their intent is to explain ideas and concepts rather than to sell, advertise, or promote a product or service.  Here’s what we think characterizes great learning content on Trickle: Simple: Written in everyday language so that someone who is not an expert in the topic can easily understand it. Any jargon or specialized terms should be explained.Concise: Because drips are short, it’s critical to filter out the noise to focus on the essential.Memorable: Presents thought-provoking ideas in ways that facilitate the retention of new knowledge. Well-researched: Based on quality research that seeks to uncover the truth. That generally means using multiple credible sources. Balanced: Consider multiple points of view, not just the opinion of one expert. Each drip should rely on multiple sources. Authors should embrace controversy if it exists. Linked: Key facts, statistics, and quotes should be linked to external sources. Quotes should have accurate attributions, when possible to the primary source. We are building Trickle to be a platform where people can showcase their expertise and make a name for themselves. However, it’s important that authors disclose potential conflicts of interest. Readers should know, or example, if you are being paid to promote something or have a financial interest in its success.  There are certain types of content we won’t tolerate on Trickle. Content that does any of the following will be removed.  Promotes hate or violence Engages in harassment or the violation of someone’s rights (e.g. privacy, copyright, trademarks)Promotes dangerous pseudo-scientific ideas or unfounded conspiracy theoriesMakes misleading or false claims or is otherwise deceptivePublishes content whose main purpose is to sell, advertise, promote, drive traffic, generate backlinks, etc.Is annoying and spammy Please flag inappropriate or offensive content to support@trickle.app. 

Phil von Heydebreck
18 Jun 2020

How to Share and Publish on Trickle

Anyone can share and publish content on Trickle Trickle is not just a tool for lifelong learners to discover great content, it is a community for sharing knowledge. We believe that everybody can become an expert in some domain and share their knowledge with others. We created Trickle to be a platform that allows lifelong learners to bring together their insights and research on a specific topic. Trickle users create content in streams. Streams often start out as simple repositories for knowledge, containing a set of curated links to compelling learning content — we call them sources. However, streams can evolve into well-marked paths that other learners can follow on their learning journey. Stream authors can create short, easily-digestible summaries we call drips and arrange them into logical sequences that guide other learners through a set of ideas and concepts.  Drips are the foundation of Trickle. They are concise explanations of an idea or concept. Drips make it possible to easily fit learning into anyone’s busy schedule using the principle of microlearning. Anyone can effectively acquire knowledge by dedicating just a few minutes a day to learning. Drips break knowledge down into manageable packages. Each drip has an author-curated set of sources that provide opportunities to dive deeper into the topic and reinforce the newly-learned concept.  Once you’ve understood the essential elements of Trickle you can begin to create your own streams and drips. You’ll see that by summarizing knowledge into the form of drips, you propel your understanding of a topic to a new level. Even if you create drips only for yourself, you’ll reap the benefits of improved understanding and retention of knowledge Even better, once the content exists, sharing is easy.  This video explains how to create and share streams on Trikle Several methods for sharing and publishing There are several ways you can share your content with others on Trickle. The method you choose will depend on how widely you want to share.  Sharing via invitation: Invite specific people to view your stream. They receive an email invitation and must be logged in to Trickle to view. You can allow them to add their own sources to the stream if you like. Sharing via link: Creates a unique link that can be used to direct people to your stream by sharing it via email, your website, or social media. Anyone with the link can view the stream, no Trickle account is required. Publish to public profile: A published stream appears on your profile page. The first time you publish a stream, your profile becomes public — meaning people can find it on Trickle or via a search engine. Submit to the Discover page: The Discover page is a showcase for the best content on Trickle. You can submit your stream for a review and we will consider it for inclusion on the page if it meets the publishing criteria for Trickle learning content.  Sharing via invitation allows you to keep full control of who sees your content, while publishing makes your content available to a much broader audience.  Note: As we refine the publishing features on Trickle, we currently require manual approval of your content. Add publish@trickle.app as a collaborator to your stream or send a link to your stream to that email address. We’ll have a quick look and get it published if it meets the criteria we set out below. Also, let us know if we should consider featuring it on the Discover page. This process will be automated soon. Add publish@trickle.app to your stream to publish it.

Phil von Heydebreck
17 Jun 2020

Easily add a source to Trickle from an iPhone using the Shortcuts app

When using an iOS device like iPhone or iPad there is a powerful tool that allows you to add a URL form any app to your Trickle account by tapping the sharing icon. This is the Shortcuts app which is installed by default on iPhones running iOS 13 or higher. Shortcuts are a way to automate multi-step tasks on an iPhone. You can choose from a useful set of pre-defined shortcuts from the Gallery or create your own. There are two ways to create an Add to Trickle shortcut on your iOS device: 1. Recommended Option: Create the shortcut step-by-step in the Shortcuts app To create a shortcut, you need to define a set of actions that the software performs when you run the shortcut. The advantage of this method is that you can develop a better understanding of the Shortcuts app and learn to create your own custom shortcuts. Follow this link for the full set of step-by-step instructions with screenshots: Add to Trickle - step by step instructions for how to create the iOS shortcut 2. Advanced Option: Import Add to Trickle shortcut template Importing the shortcut via a template is quick and avoids going through all the steps yourself. But due to Apple's strict security standards, importing shortcut templates from the web into the Shortcuts app requires some steps that can seem intimidating, such as allowing "untrusted" sources and entering your PIN. So this option is only recommended for advanced users who are comfortable with the Shortcuts app and the iOS platform. Here's a link to the instructions: Add to Trickle - import shortcut via template For further reference regarding Shortcuts, here is the Apple support page for the shortcuts app. If you are using a different device — like a PC, Mac, or Android phone — you won't be able to use the iOS Shortcuts app. But there are other ways to automate the process of adding links to Trickle. On Android you'll have to use an app like Tasker to create a shortcut. On a PC or Mac, you can add a bookmarklet to your browser that makes it easier to send the currently displayed website from any browser to your Trickle sources. We'll be adding separate posts about these options soon.

Achim Rothe
02 Jun 2020