Designed With Your Time in Mind
Today marks the release of Chronicle 2, so we want to take a moment to talk about what’s new and why we think it’s important. We’re adding new ways to discover great fiction with Minutes and Playlists, and refining our Frontpage to make it easier for you to find your next favorite story. Chronicle exists in contrast to the Social Media Slot Machine: we respect your time. Our stories are hand-picked by people who want to share their love of reading. We don’t want to let algorithms and upvotes to decide our tastes for us; Chronicle is a safe space for the engagement with challenging, thoughtful fiction that can be read in just a few minutes. We think you’re going to like it here.
Minutes: The Fastest Way to Read Fiction
Minutes is the fastest way to read fiction. Simply tell us how much time you have to read, and we’ll give you a random story from our catalog. It’s as simple as that. We don’t pretend to know what you will or won’t like: it may be a story you’ve already read that you see in a totally new way the second time; you might not like it at all. This is the beauty of minutes: if you don’t want to read it, simply go back and try again. You can read every story we’ve ever published this way. Minutes is our way of respecting your time. It removes all of the flashy endlessness of The Feed and gives you just one story. It’s the perfect refinement of our original goal: Fiction for your line at the grocery store.
Playlist: Discover a Whole New World
Advanced algorithms are great at figuring out which ads will sell you hand soap, but they’re awful at identifying good fiction. So we decided to go back to basics: the best way to find your next read is by the recommendations of other readers. Playlists are hand-curated collections of fiction that all share a common theme, feature an exciting author, or follow a captivating storyline. Playlists are a new way to explore a world of fiction. Traverse any branch, pursue any theme, and discover your next favorite story.
Frontpage: Always New, Always Fresh
Speaking of hand-curation: Chronicle’s Frontpage features new stories twice per month, hand-selected to provide a wide range of voices and styles. Upvotes try to appeal to the basest subjects and the broadest topics. Chronicle features writers from around the globe, whose diverse perspectives make our app a safe space for a deeper understanding. The Frontpage is the beating heart of Chronicle: it’s for readers both new and old, lovers of literature and the chronically busy.. It’s the best way to resist the news feed: a few minutes of mindfulness that you’ll carry with you the whole day.
We Believe in Doing Better
Chronicle is the actualization of the idea that we can do better. We can do better things with our free minutes than scroll through the news feed. We can have a better understanding of the world around us. With Chronicle, fiction finally has a home for the future. We built it to celebrate fiction, to modernize it without falling into the traps so commonly found in the Internet Age. Chronicle gives you a few minutes of mindfulness for your busy day. It’s our way of trying to do better in a complex world.
-Steve and Tyler