You may have heard of Pocket, actually, you’re more likely to know it in its former incarnation, Read It Later. I have recently started using Pocket to track interesting stories for my daily roundup. The setup is easy – I made an account, installed the Chrome browser extension and their free app on my smartphone. If I see a story I find intriguing, I merely click the “Save to Pocket” tab on my browser. If mobile, I just use the “share” option and share to Pocket.
What Pocket does is capture the story in plain, clean text, as well as grab any images. Then, I can go through my Pocket, and in either a grid or as a list see all the stories I want to write about. It is simple and easy. On my smartphone I can be using Twitter, StumbleUpon or just the browser and easily send it to Pocket. Likewise, I can do all the same on my desktop computer. Because Pocket is a service, you can simply share it with anyone (so you could create a collaborative Pocket account to share knowledge).
Unlike “favoriting” tweets or bookmarking, Pocket is service agnostic and cloud based, so your data is accessible anywhere. Also, Pocket is available on all major platforms (iOS/Android and as a Chrome extension) which means that anyone can use it. If you are always trying to remember stories and read things, I suggest you try out Pocket.
- 10 Essential Google Chrome Extensions (thenextweb.com)
- What’s Next For Pocket (getpocket.com)
- Available Now: Pocket’s New Safari Extension, plus Updates for Chrome and More (getpocket.com)