Mike Becky

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How to Avoid Read Later Queue Bankruptcy ➝

Marius Masalar:

There’s been a lot of conversation in my circles recently about how to effectively save links and deal with articles you want to read later.

The trouble these folks run into is that their queue quickly grows to impractical proportions, forcing them to give up, empty it, and start again.

I don’t pretend to have the one true solution, but since this isn’t a problem I run into, I thought it might be worth outlining my approach in case it helps.

I don’t have the same workflow as Marius, but I’m glad he started the conversation. And I think his thoughts on the matter or certainly valid and could likely be adopted as is by many others or altered to fit your mindset.

Personally, I save just about everything to Instapaper. When I read my queue (in Reeder), I don’t go there to read necessarily, I go there to process the links that I’ve saved. As I go through my queue, I’ll move links to my to do list, watch videos, subscribe to new RSS feeds, read articles, link to interesting things here on Initial Charge, share links on Twitter, save thoughts in Bear or Day One, and so on.

The key to keeping my Instapaper queue under control is to actually make the time to go through it regularly. Marius has some great thoughts on this:

Those articles aren’t going to read themselves! It’s all well and good to have a system for saving things, but if you don’t have a method for doing something about those things then of course you’re going to find yourself frustrated.

I have two main article reading times: morning and evening. I always hit at least one of the two, and on normal days I do some reading during both time windows.

I don’t make time for processing my queue as much as I used to, although I haven’t found myself saving as much to Instapaper recently either — so it’s likely a wash. But my prime time for going through my queue is right before bed. My wife and son go to bed before I do, which gives me a little bit of time where I can focus on the task at hand.

If it’s worth anything, Marius’ article is actually the last item in my queue, so once I hit publish, I’ll be at Instapaper Zero.

➝ Source: mariusmasalar.me

Defaulting to the Share Sheet for Read Later Services Is Lazy ➝

Josh Ginter:

The debut of app extensions effectively eliminated those custom sharing actions to Pocket and Instapaper. Within a few software release cycles, apps like Tweetbot and Reeder opted to shelve development of their own sharing extensions for Pocket or Instapaper and left the sharing mechanism to the system-wide system. […]

In hindsight, this feels like a lazy decision and has hampered the speed and efficiency of saving content to any read-it-later queue.

The share sheet was a massive step forward for iOS, but it shouldn’t have resulted in the removal of these excellent custom sharing features built-in to applications. I’m glad that Unread brought back its custom read later sharing option in its most recent major release. I’d love to see more applications implement it as well.

➝ Source: thenewsprint.co

Automating Day One With IFTTT ➝

I’ve been using Day One sporadically for the past year or so, but I’ve been trying to integrate a daily journaling habit into my nighttime routine. With that has come some interest in automating Day One with IFTTT, which is a feature that I hadn’t explored until tonight.

So far I’ve setup a couple of applets in IFTTT — one that creates a new entry whenever I like an article in Instapaper and another that creates an entry every time I publish here on Initial Charge. I’m not sure how much value this will add to Day One, but I’m optimistic. I’m hoping that having a single repository for everything I create will lead to some niceties. For example, the “on this day” feature becomes much more useful when you create entries more consistently.

Matthew Cassinelli Looks at Reeder 4 ➝

An excellent deep-dive into Reeder 4, by Matthew Cassinelli. I also purchased the app as soon as I heard of its release and it is an excellent application. Reeder 3has been my default Instapaper reading client for years and a Reeder 4 picked up right where it left off. My only complaint, when compared to the previous version, is the removal of Avenir as a typeface option.

The Next Ten Years of Instapaper ➝

Brian Donohue and Rodion Gusev, writing on Instapaper’s weblog:

This year Instapaper celebrated its tenth birthday and, now that we are an independent company, we’ve been thinking a lot about the next ten years of Instapaper and beyond.

To ensure Instapaper can continue for the foreseeable future, it’s essential that the product generates enough revenue to cover its costs. In order to do so, we’re relaunching Instapaper Premium today.

Instapaper Premium includes full-text search, unlimited notes, and more. I don’t plan on signing up at the moment, but I’m glad they’re taking the necessary steps toward profitability.

Instapaper Is Going Independent ➝

From Instapaper’s weblog:

Today, we’re announcing that Pinterest has entered into an agreement to transfer ownership of Instapaper to Instant Paper, Inc., a new company owned and operated by the same people who’ve been working on Instapaper since it was sold to betaworks by Marco Arment in 2013. The ownership transfer will occur after a 21 day waiting period designed to give our users fair notice about the change of control with respect to their personal information.

The fact that Instapaper has changed hands so many times over the past five years doesn’t instill confidence in the service’s future. But I would rather Instapaper be independently owned and operated then exist as a subsidiary of Pinterest. I’ve had Instapaper installed on my iPhone for almost as long as the App Store has existed. I want the service to succeed because I use it everyday. And I hope that this change will afford them the freedom necessary to flourish.

Instapaper and Therapeutic Self-Delusion ➝

Matt Hauger:

Apps like Instapaper were supposed to help us read more great online content. Too busy to scroll through that thousand-word thinkpiece? Click a button, and it’s queued up for perusal later on.

But, for me, “later on” never comes. Instapaper is a landfill, where I bury articles—permanently. I currently have 3,366 unread items in my queue. Yes, that’s thirty-three hundred and sixty-six pieces I never came back to read. Some of these date back years and cover topics long since made irrelevant by the passage of time

At some point in the past few months, my Instapaper queue got a little out of control. My unread count has historically floated around 200 or so, but it currently sits at 499. And although my queue is no where near Matt’s, I’m going to start reining it in now to prevent it from growing any further.

Instapaper Is Joining Pinterest ➝

From the Instapaper weblog:

Today, we’re excited to announce that Instapaper is joining Pinterest. […]

For you, the Instapaper end user and customer, nothing changes. The Instapaper team will be moving from betaworks in New York City to Pinterest’s headquarters in San Francisco, and we’ll continue to make Instapaper a great place to save and read articles.

Instapaper CEO Brian Donohue insists that there are no plans to shutdown or materially change the service in the short- or long-term. But you can never be too sure. If you rely on Instapaper, it would be wise to find an alternative that you can switch to if things ever start to go south.