Read Everything On The Internet (But Do It Later)


In the same way normal people probably ask if you’ve read a book or a magazine, I often find myself asking friends “Did you read the internet today?” Now, this is not to be confused with asking if they've seen particularly viral portions of the internet, i.e. “Did you see 64 Cats Who Just Can’t Cat Anymore?” I am usually referring to the internet in its entirety. And after witnessing the absolute frenzy when Google shut down its RSS feed, Google Reader, I don't think it's an unfair assumption. People need their fill of internet and they need it in one central location for maximum enjoyment. And it's unclear if anyone exhibits any kind of maximum capacity for the endless fount of information.

So here I am suggesting that if you've been slacking on your required reading (you're here, so you're doing well so far!), Pocket might help matters. Formerly called Read It Later—a more descriptive, but definitely less endearing name—lets you easily bookmark any page within the series of interconnected tubes we call the internet so you can do just that: read it later. The app—I use it in Chrome, but it's just as functional on your phone or tablet—is clean and organized, as if all those magazine clippings from your youth suddenly found their way into plastic page-protectors, catalogued by date, title, and usefulness to you. Simply add the Pocket button to your browser and anytime you're on an article that seems like it might be of some interest, but now is neither the time nor the place, click the button and the article will immediately download on any device connected to your account for easy, offline reading—so on a plane, train, or Time Warner-monopolized location. The article view is clean and unfussy (adjustable serif font on a white background) which makes it worlds easier to focus while reading thousands of words on a bright screen without going blind.

If all that isn’t making me smarter (which I think it is, for the record), it certainly helps in making me sound smarter. Potentially even a little snobbish—especially because of Pocket's easy "Send to a Friend" feature, where I can share any particularly impressive articles I've been skimming reading with any friend with a Pocket account. Then they're free to be impressed by my worldliness/send a rebuttal article. Think of it like book club, with substantially less effort.

—Emily Ferber

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  • conni boykins

    I replaced Google reader with Feedly and between that and its Pocket integration I'm always caught up on my internet reads and it's so much more organized than bookmarking a million web pages. Love Pocket.

  • Emma Hager

    I loved this write-up, Emily! I've never used this feature, but I certainly will. There are always so many URLs floating around in my emails, etc, that I supposedly will read later. They get lost and forgotten, but Pocket will help with actually forcing me to get around to some of the things I've been meaning to read.

  • Thou Shalt Not Covet

    This sounds so handy, I'm definitely going to check it out xxx

  • deb

    Can anyone tell me if this is much better/different than bookmarking it on my iPhone/Mac? Thanks!

    • ITGFerber

      I don't bookmark much on my guess is that this is more universally accessible and easier to organize/archive

    • llama

      you can read offline!

  • Amanda Nudelman

    Lurv Pocket. I actually even use this for collecting shopping/beauty/home inspiration by utilizing the tagging feature. #lifehacks

  • Moss & Mink

    Emily, this is a great idea! Im always looking for something to aggregate my articles. i try throwing them up on my bookmarks but it ends up getting cluttered and/or I never get round to reading them, so thank you for this.

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    I will ave to check Pocket out. I have several sites I read daily but I've been so busy lately this might help keep me abreast on the go.

  • mpuniew

    I was les mis after Reader shut down, so thanks for this great alternative!

  • llama

    i loooooove pocket! it lets me be so much better at the internet. you can organize by tags! and read later! and save everything!

  • Debbie

    I've used this app for a long time, and it helps me read at times when i normally wouldn't. It's great that it's being recognized

  • Debbie

    I would love to see what you read on Pocket!

  • adamalpha

    It's so much easier to press a link and choose Save to Reading List. This is a little bit more labor-intensive (you have to email it to yourself, gahhhh the steps involved hehe).