Do you suffer from multiple tabs? When you find lots of great websites and don’t want to forget about them do you just keep them open on your browser? I know I’ve been guilty of that, a while ago I thought I’d conquered it, I had a purge, now I bookmark the stuff I don’t want to forget to Delicious but what about the stuff I want to read later?
Strangely I still seem to open my computer up to multiple tabs in the morning and I rarely get around to reading the stuff I left open, it usually just gets closed in a bid to keep my browser tab free. That’s where this weeks cool tool Pocket comes in handy. It simply allows you to bookmark stuff so you can read it later, it syncs with mobile apps so that stuff I save this morning I can read at my leisure on my phone (or tablet). It works better than Delicious for stuff I want to read later as it displays better on a phone and it’s easy to consume content and navigate that content. If you add the browser extension or the mobile app you can also save stuff directly from Twitter. It’s dead handy and already I’m wondering how I lived without it.
Here’s how it works:
Visit the Pocket website and sign up
Next you can add the bookmark button to your bookmarks bar and add the browser extension.
This makes it easy to share links
Once you’ve added the extension you can save interesting articles directly from Twitter
Hover your mouse over a tweet including a link to save it to Pocket for reading later
With the browser extension you can also Pocket a page that you are viewing
Here’s what it looks like on Chrome
Once you’ve bookmarked links you can access them on your own page on Pocket. You can mark stuff as read, delete it or favourite it.
But what I love most about Pocket is the mobile app
There are apps available for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire
The apps integrate with your Twitter mobile app as well as your browser so that you can save stories directly
Follow the instructions to add to Twitter when installing the app
Now when you find a link you want to save click on the ‘share’ symbol
Click on ‘Read later’
It will now appear in your pocket app in an easy to read format
I can see myself using this app a lot, instead of aimlessly surfing Twitter or Facebook I’ll be able to catch up on all the stories I really wanted to read later. It will also help me cure my multiple browser tab problem.
Do you use Pocket? Do you use another tool for bookmarking? I’d love to hear your thoughts.