So much information, so little time: Instapaper

image Browsing the net at 1ish AM, I came across a pretty neat method of managing interesting articles I come across, but which I have no time or little intention of reading immediately: Instapaper. Instapaper allows you to create a list of things you’d like to read at some point, without resorting to “sharing” endless lists of links through either Google Reader or the delicious social bookmarking service. It also beats saving long lists of links to a notepad document, in terms of usability (yes, I did this).

How it works: You log into the site (really just your e-mail address, to associate your articles with an identifier), and are given the option to create a “bookmarklet”. You drag the bookmarklet to your browser of choice’ toolbar, and when you happen to be browsing that slightly-too-long blog post (apologies), you can click the “Read Later” link on your toolbar, to save the link for later viewing. Definitely a seamless way of dealing with limited time and a sea of news.

You can later come back to the Instapaper website and go through your list of “saved” articles and browse them at your leisure. The service also provides a bunch of other stuff:

  • iPhone / iPad App to browse your saved items
  • Send articles directly from Google reader (without having to browse the article itself, outside of Google Reader)
  • Read your saved items on your Kindle (or any ePub reader)
  • Converts “saved” pages to a plain text format, for quicker loading, should you desire it (lower bandwidth, which may be useful if you’re connecting via a mobile device)
  • Create a “print-out” of your selected saved articles, if you like reading from dead trees

This service is pretty minimalistic, free of charge, does what it does, and does it well.

Definitely worth checking out,

Syd

Header image courtesy of Swortman53 – Information Overload / CC BY 2.0

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Author: sylint

I'm a business analyst, working in Information Management and Information Technology. Technically, I'm a librarian, though I prefer to think of myself as professionally varied.

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