Tag Archive for ‘Read Later’

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

Abyss Saves URLs for Later ➝

A nifty new read later app that’s available for all of Apple’s platforms and uses iCloud for syncing. It looks slick and minimal, but I think I’m going to stick with Instapaper. Not just because it powers my Suggested Reading page, but I also have some automations setup through IFTTT that I rely on, which I wouldn’t be able to use if I switched to another service.

➝ Source: beautifulpixels.com

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.

Pocket Adds Recommendations in Beta Channel ➝

A recommendation engine built-in to my read later service sounds great. But I worry that having yet another “inbox” to check alongside the services I already use — RSS, Twitter, and email — is simply going to be adding to the noise and not cutting through it.

What we need more of is features like Fever’s Hot section which displays the most frequently linked to web pages from the sites you’ve chosen to subscribe to over a specific time period. If I had a mechanism in all of my inboxes that surfaced the most interesting and important things for me, that didn’t require me to weed through the dregs, that would be something I’m interested in. For example, imagine if Instapaper could reorder your queue based on what you’re most likely to be interested in reading — it didn’t offer you new articles, just suggested a good place to start reading your existing ones.

Instapaper vs. Pocket ➝

Conor McClure discusses why he finds himself switching between Instapaper and Pocket every few months. I’ve never tried Pocket — I’ve been an Instapaper user for years and haven’t spent any time exploring other services. But, Conor has me curious about trying a new read-later service. The claimed superior media handling and speed at which articles load in Pocket is something I want to experience for myself. I’m not going to be switching right away, but it’s definitely on my to do list.

A Faster & More Efficient Instapaper ➝

Speed reading, instant sync, faster saving, and tweet shots — a great update to one of my favorite iOS apps of all time.