As we approach three and a half years since beta launch, I just wanted to take a moment to put together a post outlining some of our achievements.
The biggest of which is the fact that rbutr is still the most widely used web annotation plugin online, and has been for a while. You can see our Chrome plugin user count in the Chrome webstore. We also have the Firefox and Opera plugins which add another few thousand to that count.
For context I want to point out that rbutr has had zero investment. We received some funding from the Startup Chile program in the beginning (around $20k because I was originally accepted for a different project, then swapped to rbutr after arriving), but beyond that everything else has been done by volunteers, Craig coding part time, and myself sort-of-full-time.
Given such a scattered, unpaid and ad-hoc team, I really think that the following accomplishments are quite remarkable, and I really want to thank everyone who has participated in this journey and helped out along the way. rbutr continues to be a community effort, and always will be.
- Core rbutr functionality in 3 minutes including: rebuttal alerts, registration, submission, twitter reply widget, rbutr Frame.
- Reddit Reply Bot – A++ Mod Approved in Bot Watchman
- The best of rbutr – coming back soon with community participation!
Competitions and Awards
- Semi Finalist in the 2012 Knight News Challenge (52 selected out of 1078 applications)
- Scholarship winner to attend the 2013 Creative Innovation Conference.
- Winner of SXSW Win30s competition for Best Bootstrapped.
- Third place at the 2014 SydStart pitching competition.
- A New Web Browser Plugin Makes It Easy to Follow Debates by Linking Arguments to Counter Arguments Online
25 July 2012 – William Bull, Skeptic
- How to Make Money in Tech
27 June 2012 – Erik Sherman, Inc. : “Talk about a brilliant idea”
- Spotlight on: rbutr: Facilitating Online Discussion
26 June 2012 – European Journalism Centre
- Rbutr finds contrary opinions for stories you’re reading (IJNet, Mashable, Richard Dawkins Foundation)
14 June 2012 – Tracie Powell, Poynter
- rbutr Tries to Burst Your Digital Bubble
13 June 2012 – Scott Finn, WUSF News
- rbutr: A Simple Way To Follow Online Debates
5 June 2012 – MakeUseOf.com
- [REVIEW] Can a Browser App Pop the Internet Filter Bubble?
1 June 2012 – Dave Copeland, Read Write Web
- rbutr Helps You Follow Online Debates
30 May 2012 – Adam Pash, Lifehacker
- Opening Up Scientific Discourse Online
29 May 2012 – Marie, The Strange Quark
- Avoid Being Misinformed with rbutr
29 May 2012 – Pallab De, Techie Buzz
- 10 Startups That Could Change The Face of News Forever
20 April 2012 – Martin Carsten, Memeburn
- Tool to sift truth from web of lies vies for media innovation award
17 April 2012 – Andrew Colley, The Australian
- RBUTR is the newest tool in the skeptic arsenal
2 April 2012 – Tim Farley, SkepTools
- You’re Wrong! There’s an app for that
6 September 2012 – David Wilson, Sydney Morning Herald
- Someone’s Wrong On the Internet
27 February 2013 – Maynard, ABC Newcastle
- The Internet Argues With Itself
23 january 2014 – Susanna Freymark, Daily Telegraph
- Rbutr makes it easier for anyone to flag misinformation on the Web
17 February 2014 – Paul Sawers, The Next Web
- rbutr – The Critical Thinking Plugin
22 May 2014 – Oliver Lovell, Post Growth
- rbutr – Being Intellectually Robust on the Internet
27 June 2014 – Jonathan Pearce, SkepticInc
Organisational Supporters and Advisors
- The James Randi Educational Foundation
- The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science
- Michael Shermer and The Skeptic Society
- Aubrey De Grey
- Paul Willis and the Royal Institution of Australia
- Richard Saunders and SkepticZone
- Skeptical Science
Podcasts and Interviews
- The Skeptic Zone, Maynard. October 2012.
- The Token Skeptic, Kylie Sturgess. October 2012.
- EvidenceMag, Armi Legge. June 2013
- Diffusion Radio, Ian Woolf. October 2013.
- EvidenceMag, Armi Legge. June 2013
- Meet the Amazing TAMers – Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. Filmed July 2013.
- Battling Misinformation with Shane Greenup of rbutr, Bentley Davis. August 2014.
- NYRD Radio, Alexis Ohanian. November 2014
- TAM 2012 Workshop – The Future of Skepticism Online: Crowd Sourced Activism. Las Vegas, USA, July 2012.
- Australian Skeptics National Convention.Melbourne, Australia, November 2012.
- CFI London – Journalism, Churnalism and Media Bias. London, UK, December 2012.
- Sydney Atheists – Think Again. Sydney, Australia, March 2013.
- Sydney Skeptics. Sydney, Australia, April 2013.
- TAM 2013 Workshop – Crowdsourcing Skepticism. Las Vegas, USA, July 2013.
- TAM 2013 Main Stage – The Great Global Discussion. Las Vegas, USA, July 2013.
- Reason4Reason – Crowdsourcing Critical Thinking. San Francisco, USA, July 2013.
- European Skeptic Congress – The Great Global Discussion. Stockholm, Sweden, September 2013.
- Ignite Sydney 2013 – Crowdsourcing Critical Thinking. Sydney, Australia, November 2013.
- Nerd Nite – The (mis)information Superhighway. Sydney, Australia, March 2014.
- SydStart 2014 Pitching Competition – Third Place. Sydney, Australia, September 2014.
- Melbourne Biohack Meetup 2.0 – Closing the Gap. Melbourne, Australia, May 2015.