TechCrunch: Pocket’s reading app won’t sound so robotic now. “Last year, Mozilla made its first acquisition by snatching up Pocket, the Instapaper competitor that helps you save longer articles for later reading. Today, this popular reading app is getting a major update that gives its app a visual makeover, including a new dark mode, and most importantly, a better way to listen to the content you’ve saved.”
MakeUseOf: Do You Bookmark or Save for Later? The Pros and Cons of Pocket. “There’s no shortage of ways to save links: online bookmarking services like Tagpacker, read-it-later services like Pocket, or even just the native bookmark feature in your browser. Out of these, what’s the best way to save links?”
Spotted on GitHub via Reddit: pocket-archive-stream. “Save an archived copy of all websites you star using Pocket, indexed in an html file. Powered by the new headless Google Chrome and good ‘ol wget.” You’ll need at least intermediate computer knowledge to take advantage of this.
MakeUseOf: 5 Better Alternatives to Pocket That Bookmark Anything for Later. “Long-time Pocket users are familiar with the problem of an abundance of unread bookmarks. You have to rely on tricks to get through your Pocket queue. And let’s not forget, Pocket started as ‘Read It Later’, its focus being on reading articles. That’s not what bookmarks on the internet are solely about any more. A few new apps seek to solve other bookmarking needs. Videos, for instance, or the ability to add notes to your bookmarks. Or turning your entire browser into a perennial bookmark engine.”
I have no idea how I feel about this: Mozilla has acquired Pocket. “Mozilla is growing, experimenting more, and doubling down on our mission to keep the internet healthy, as a global public resource that’s open and accessible to all. As our first strategic acquisition, Pocket contributes to our strategy by growing our mobile presence and providing people everywhere with powerful tools to discover and access high quality web content, on their terms, independent of platform or content silo.” Please don’t mess it up please don’t mess it up please don’t mess it up.
Pocket is looking for new ways to monetize. “Pocket has been dabbling in recommendations since last year, but only as a way to help active bookmarkers find related articles. As of this week, it’s opening up those recommendations to a larger audience. Visit the Pocket website (and, in the coming months, the Pocket app), and you can browse through topics like Technology, Food, and Fitness. To stock each section, Pocket looks at how many people have saved each link, and how engaged they’ve been with the text.”
Google has launched a new feature that lets you save Web pages to your account. “Google’s quietly rolled out a new Chrome extension that could severely threaten the future of ‘read it later’ features and services like Pocket.” Not for those of us who remember Google killing off Google Reader. The ability to save pages for later reading/use is far too critical to me to trust Google with what they probably consider a minor service. I’m paying my money and sticking with Pocket.