Quogr: Quoted for Truth

Yup, we’ve got ourselves another ReviewMe review on our hands. Quogr.com is so new that when you visit it for the first time, you’re presented with a page welcoming John Chow dot Com readers (that’d be you). While I’m sure visitors to this blog will find that welcome message amusing, other people that happen to stumble across Quogr will be completely and utterly confused.

I guess since Quogr (beta) has only been around for less than a month, the only visitors they’ll be getting over the next little while are through this review. To add to this exposure, they’ve already done a review of John Chow dot Com to get the free linkback. John gets a free review and Quogr has to fork out the dough to get one back. Evil! 😈

Someone Else’s Words Are Better Than Yours?

So what exactly is Quogr?

A free tool that allows users to add their favorite quotes, select an image, and embed an HTML tag on their website. Quogr will display the selected image with a randomly selected quote. This is website bling. It’s meant for those who love quotes and love a good looking, dynamic site. Also, works great on MySpace; see the sample at www.myspace.com/quogr Other thoughts: use for customer testimonials or as an always-fresh email signature.

After you sign up for a free account, you gain access to the very straight-forward and incredibly bare-bones dashboard wherein you can load up a database with your favorite quotes. It might be Shakespeare, it might be John Chow, but whatever your choice, it seems that this self-made database can handle a lot of quotes, so there will be no shortage of variety.

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Behind the text of a randomly selected quote is your choice of background image. They have about nine different pictures for you to choose from, each of which is available in a variety of sizes (468 banner, 300 box, etc.). There is also the option to use a custom picture uploaded from your computer.

More Customization

You can tweak how often you want the quote to refresh, from once every second to once every year. It is a static image insofar that if you don’t refresh the page, the picture (and quote) stays the same, but it’s dynamic in that a new quote is randomly selected each time the system is told to refresh.

There is also an option for you to change the Quogr font so that it fits better with your blog’s overall scheme. There are between thirty and forty different fonts here, from the more mundane Times New Roman to exotic fonts like Andes and Totem.

MySpace, Your Space, Everyone’s Space

While the main site doesn’t have all that much content going for it at this time, the developers of Quogr have taken the time to do what everyone else is doing these days, tossing a company blog into the mix. The first post — Quog Your MySpace Extended Network — tells you how to change that “who’s in your extended network” thing in the top-right of your MySpace page into a customized Quogr image that’ll let your personality come through a little more. Because, you know, having animated backgrounds, a dozen embedded music videos, and a ditty playing in the background isn’t enough.

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Nice Idea, Hope It Stays Free

As a blogger, I’m always on the lookout for fun new plug-ins and other additions that can make my blog more interesting. The Top Commentators and MyBlogLog sidebar widgets, for example, have been incredibly popular. If you’re not all that interested in monetization, using a Quogr.com banner might make for a pretty unique look and one that is actually valuable to people who pop by your site. It’s not something that I would pay for though, just as I wouldn’t have joined MyBlogLog if it wasn’t free.

Because it’s still in beta, I’m not entirely sure how financially viable Quogr will be, because right now, they only have a small Google Adsense text ad box in the top corner and a single affiliate banner at the bottom of the page. Before the full launch takes place, I’d imagine that the developers would toss in some more advertising and affiliate stuff to recoup the server costs and so forth. I’d also heavily recommend a FAQ page or something similar to explain the service, because without signing up for an account and fiddling with the options, you can’t really see what Quogr can do.

Quogr appears to be great for social networking sites like Hi5, Facebook, and MySpace as it provides yet another avenue to “express yourself.” And everyone likes dynamic content.