New favourite phrase: Read Later

Every once in a while you see a service that directly addresses a very personal pain. Something that works just the way you want it to. Almost as if the guy who wrote it has been watching you and shaking his head.

Many times a day I am faced with an interesting article or link that I just do not have time to read. Previously I have used or StumbleUpon to keep track of these with the intent of going back later. The problem is that I used to bookmark everything and the process slowly diluted the usefulness of these services. Then I started just dropping them in a text file and emailing it to myself. Fail!

Then I came across Instapaper. Instapaper is a really simple service. It saves links for you to read later. I like it just because of it's simplicity.

I have a link in my favourites that says "Read Later". When clicked it just adds the current page to my Instapaper account. There is no redirect (it does it in a popup that immediately closes itself), I don't have to type anything or press anything else.

When I log in to the Instapaper website, I just get a list of urls (with titles). When you click on one it you get redirected there but the url gets marked as read. Simple. On point. No social network.

Also. RSS feed of unread articles. Gold! Thank you Marco Arment. You can stop watching me and go help someone else now :)

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Posted by: Mike Minutillo
Last revised: 27 May, 2011 02:42 PM History


01 Apr, 2008 11:47 AM @ version 0

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13 Feb, 2008 08:10 AM @ version 0

Cheers Silky. I have used "Read It Later" before and it is very good.

In fact I used to use "Read It Later" with portable firefox because I was carrying my life around on a thumbstick. Then I lost my thumbstick.

As I tend to move from PC to PC the ability to just go to a website and do a quick "Add to Favorites" no matter what the browser is fantastic.

13 Feb, 2008 07:42 AM @ version 0

There is actually a firefox plugin called "Read It Later". I used to use it a lot, but then I got into, which I love at the moment.

Can't hurt to combine the two though. Give the "Read It Later" plugin a go, pretty convenient.

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