The Verge: Pocket’s sort by time to read feature seems designed for the return of commutes. “Pocket, an app for saving articles to read later, is rolling out a sorting option to Android users over the next few weeks that could solve my paralysis when choosing something to read. The new sort by time-to-read feature, spotted by The Verge’s Dan Seifert, means articles can be organized where they fit best, whether it’s the five minutes it takes to microwave lunch, or a 20-minute wait for the late bus.”
Lifehacker: Conquer Your Story Backlog With ‘Reading Queue’ on iOS. “I usually have about 90 articles in my Instapaper, and I’m OK with that. I get around to articles a month after everyone stopped talking about them. I look through my queue like it’s a ten-page diner menu, ignoring certain articles for weeks until I finally decide to read or delete. It could be worse; once I had 500 unread articles. But if your reading list bums you out—if you wish you could declare bankruptcy on Pocket or Instapaper—then you should try the new competitor, Reading Queue.”
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.”
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.
Another of Facebook’s new features sounds like it’s taking aim at Pocket. “Today at the F8 developer conference, Facebook is introducing a Save to Facebook button for the web. Publishers can now add the button to their standard article templates, and whenever a user taps the button, it will save the article or video directly to their Facebook queue. If that sounds a lot like Pocket and Instapaper, well, it is — it’s just baked into one of the most popular apps in the world.” I think I’ll stick with Pocket.
Pocket is going to start experimenting with sponsored content. “But these aren’t the crappy click-bait you see below lots of blog posts. ‘We’re being very choosy” Pocket founder Nate Weiner tells me. “We don’t want this to become the bottom of the barrel content.’”
Read-it-later service Pocket is offering a Beta channel for early access features. ” Pocket touts Recommendations as one of the more notable early features Beta Channel users will get access to, but it isn’t limited to that. The public beta channel will be available on the web, Android, and iOS, and Pocket is encouraging its users to get onboard with it.” Recommendations? Ugh. I can’t keep up with the stuff I’m finding to read!