Is Litsy being actively developed?

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Is Litsy being actively developed?

1CuriousLearner
Edited: Nov 16, 2022, 5:54 am

Is Litsy being actively developed or improved and does it have an active community? Does LT take it seriously and will improve it further? I saw that the Android App was last updated on 2017 and I can't even import LT data there!! If the site is active, I wanna post there regularly. So, please tell me.

2stretch
Nov 16, 2022, 10:27 am

Litsy users are quite active with bingos, readathons, and short reviews. Not sure if it is under active development.

Litsy acts more like a Twitter for books, so there is nothing to import. You just start posting. And find people that read within your niche. It takes a bit of time for finding the community suited for you but it is fun once you do.

3CuriousLearner
Nov 16, 2022, 11:08 am

>2 stretch: Yeah, I can understand that it's fun. But, I see some very basic features are missing in Litsy, most importantly to be able to get your librarything catalogue in litsy. They say that they are still working for true account linking which is sad considering it's been almost 4yrs since LT acquired Litsy. You also can't edit a book already added, you can't dm other members etc. many social features are missing.

4rosalita
Nov 16, 2022, 11:20 am

>3 CuriousLearner: I will admit I only use Litsy sporadically but I can't imagine wanting to import my entire catalogue there. What is your vision for using a feature like that?

5CuriousLearner
Nov 17, 2022, 5:33 am

>4 rosalita: To have all my to-read, wishlist and other books there. There is the functionality to import Goodreads in Litsy, but not LibraryThing which is ironic. And, I can't also add books from LibraryThing which was expected as Litsy being an LT-owned project. Rather, each time a book is unavailable, I have to fill up the book details again which I already did on LT.

6rosalita
Nov 17, 2022, 9:32 am

>5 CuriousLearner: Thanks, that's helpful. I will say that it's not that surprising that there is a Goodreads import but not LT because LT did not develop Litsy.

Of the things you mentioned, I think having the full LT catalog available in Litsy for selecting a book for a post would be quite useful.

But back to your original post, I think asking what LT plans are for Litsy and whether it is (or will be in the near future) actively worked on is a reasonable question to ask. I hope a staff member comes along with an answer.

7timspalding
Edited: Nov 17, 2022, 10:24 am

A few things:

1. If LibraryThing had not taken over Litsy, it would have been closed and ended. We have put a lot of time and effort into it, and it uses server resources every day. We do this because we think it's cool and don't want the community to die.
2. LibraryThing developed a whole web version of Litsy that didn't exist before. That version is used by a growing number of people. We've also added features like seeing posts from books you have (if you want). We will continue to improve it.
3. I think there's a case to be made for an LT import through the website. But I'd say that relatively few people use Litsy to store their catalogs. It's not really a good feature on the app, and it's absolutely not the center. Almost nobody uses Litsy as their main catalog, and that's entirely appropriate--it's a bad one. So it's less of a priority for us.
4. We are in something of a bind about Android. To be perfectly frank, we can't change the app. We never had access to the full code, as I understand it. We'd have to make an entirely new app, and that's a lot of money and time—for the minority platform too. We will eventually have to decide to do it, I think, but we can't afford that now.

8CuriousLearner
Edited: Nov 17, 2022, 10:39 am

>7 timspalding: About 3, I understand that it's not to be used as the main catalog. But there should at least be the feature to add individual books from my LT catalog to Litsy. That'd be very helpful, and considering LT owns Litsy that's a much expected feature. And, we should be able to edit already added books, too. I think if Litsy used LT as it's source, these issues would be easily resolved. Hope you'd consider that.

9timspalding
Nov 17, 2022, 10:57 am

I think you're right.

10humouress
Dec 12, 2022, 8:14 am

On a similar note, would it be possible to add the barcode reader that we have on the LT app to the Litsy app to make it easier to add books which aren’t already on there?

11Andrew-theQM
Edited: Jan 11, 2023, 8:12 pm

>9 timspalding: Thinks Tim for all the efforts you and your team have put into Litsy, especially your commitment to it to stop if from not existing my more. I use Librarything for my main catalogue but am quite a prolific and active user of Litsy and would hate to see it cease to exist. So on behalf of all the active users on Litsy I would like to say a big thank you. In the main it does what most of want to use it for.

12Michael.Rimmer
Mar 19, 2023, 9:41 pm

>7 timspalding: Seconding >11 Andrew-theQM: thanks for the work LT had done on Litsy. I use LT for my catalogue and List to socialise. They complement each other well.

13Andrew-theQM
Edited: Mar 19, 2023, 9:44 pm

>12 Michael.Rimmer: Same way I use them too.