A Better Way to “Bookmark” with Pocket

February 2, 2017 9:41 pm Published by 3 Comments

A Better Way to “Bookmark” with Pocket

 

Surfing the web for great information is essential in today’s world if you want to get ahead; how to save that information is just as important.

Bookmarking all the great stuff you come across surfing the web and keeping it organized is just important.  It doesn’t do any good just to bookmark all your precious finds if you can’t find the information quickly.

If you only have a dozen bookmarks in your browser and don’t plan to add more, then this article probably isn’t for you.  However, if you have dozens of articles, videos, and websites you plan to visit or read later then keep reading.  Your way of saving information on the web will be transformed.

Pocket isn’t just a bookmark platform; it’s much more!  Pocket lets you save articles, videos, and websites just like your browser does, but it goes further.  When you save information, it saves only the text, videos, or images you want to see, not the entire website that sometimes causes distractions. If you dive deeper beneath the surface, you will discover features and add-ons to supercharge your read-it-later experience.

Pocket’s has a free version and a premium version.  The free version is great if you don’t mind ads appearing on the app and you don’t need to have a backup of all the articles you have saved.  The premium version also has more to offer as far as organization.  Here is the rundown of what Pocket offers.

Key Features Pocket Pocket Premium
Save from anywhere, including your browser and over 800 apps like Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly    
Automatically syncs across your phone, tablet, and computer    
Offline viewing of articles and webpages    
Search by Title or URL    
Awesome Customer Support    
Personal backup of all the articles and webpages you’ve saved  
Suggested Tags for quick organization  
Search by Full-Text, Tag, Author, or Topic  
Access to Advanced Search Operators  
Sort Search Results by Relevance or Date Saved  
View Recent Searches  

 

 

Save Everything You Come Across on the Internet to Pocket

 

When you want to save an article to Pocket, the easiest way is to tap the Pocket button in your browser or mobile apps. There are other ways to save your emails and links to Pocket–and you can even save links without clicking anything.

Save to Pocket via Email

 

 

Saving emails is another thing pocket can do, just forward an email or create a new email.  To save links to Pocket via email, just send the link in the body of an email to [email protected], and send the message from the email account you used to sign up for Pocket.

If you want to add articles from other email addresses, just open your pocket account’s email settings and add the extra addresses there.

Batch Save Web Pages

This feature is really cool!  If you have a bunch of pages open and want to save them all at once, the save all tabs to pocket extension will save all pages open on your browser. Just tap the button and it’ll save every article—so you can exit your browser without losing your reading material.

Automatically Save Links

Instead of manually saving items to Pocket, automate that process by connecting Pocket to your favorite apps with Zapier, an app automation tool. It can watch your RSS feeds, emails, social networks, and more for links, and save them to Pocket automatically.

Organize Your Pocket Reading List

Once you have several items in Pocket, you’ll want to keep your reading list organized. By default, you can filter your Pocket content by type (articles, videos, or images), add tags, star posts, and archive them.

Another Cool Feature is Read Ruler, it helps keep your reading list organized by showing you exactly what you should be reading. It displays how long it will take to read each article you’ve saved, and you can filter stories by reading time to find, say, all articles that would take 10 minutes to read. That way, you can decide how much time you have to read–from 5 minutes to 2 hours–and Read Ruler will present a list of your Pocket articles that will fill that time.

This is a great way to finish reading items on your Pocket list whenever you have time to read, then archive them to thin the list out.

Add Pocket to Your To-Do List or Notes App

Connect Pocket to your productivity apps—Wunderlist, Trello, Evernote, and more—and you can turn your reading list into a to-do list or an action plan.

Get Reminders of Content You Haven’t Read

If your reading list is growing faster than you can read, there are a few handy ways to get reminded of what’s in your Pocket account, re-discover buried content, and clear out your list over time.

Read Articles Offline

Pocket’s iOS, Android, Mac, and Chrome apps let you read your articles anywhere, even without an internet connection. Once you have downloaded your articles to Pocket they are ready for you anytime, anywhere, even if you don’t have an internet connection.

Listen to articles instead of Reading

Don’t feel like reading and just want to relax and listen to someone reading the article for you.  Pocket’s mobile apps can read any article aloud, whenever you want. Just tap the menu button in Pocket, then tap the Listen (TTS) button.

Pocket is a simple tool to help you read more without distraction, and it includes a surprising number of hidden features to make your reading time even more productive. And that’s without upgrading to a Pocket Premium account, which for $44.99/year gives you an ad-free reading experience, permanent archive (even if the original page is deleted from the web), full-text search, and suggested tags.

Pocket can truly help keep your reading list and other items organized and readily available anywhere even if you don’t have an internet connection.

Until Next Time,

Karen Beth

 

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