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And how do you mark that when you’re on the Web? Like this:

If you’re anything like us, you probably run across dozens of web pages, news articles, and blog posts every day that look interesting, but which you don’t have time to read right away. There are hundreds of ways to bookmark pages for reviewing later. But we find that whether we’re using browser bookmarking tools, online services like del.icio.us, or a combination like the Read it Later bookmarklet, we wind up getting buried in a pile of unread links after just a few days.

The problem is that most bookmarking methods either make it hard to organize your pages or include a rather cumbersome tagging scheme. Instapaper avoids these problems by offering simple one-click bookmarking. There’s no real organization to speak of other than read and unread items. But if your goal is to save a handful of pages to read later today or over the weekend and don’t need to save them for all eternity, Intapaper can be incredibly useful.

All you need to do is register for a free account (no password necessary, just enter a name or email address) and drag a bookmarklet to your browser toolbar. When you visit a site you want to read later, just click the bookmarklet and it will be added to your Instapaper page. When you want to see the list, just visit Instapaper.com. Every time you click on a link it will be marked as read. Or you can delete links you no longer need. That’s it.

Instapaper probably won’t win any awards for the largest number of features packed into a web site. But it does one thing and does it well.

UPDATE: Also see Corey’s tip in comments.

Written by LeisureGuy

31 January 2008 at 10:47 am

Posted in Daily life, Software

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  1. I use google reader to sort through hundreds of feeds a day. I switched to google reader so I could check them at home and at work. If the article looks interesting I star it and read it later. I doubt that was what the star feature was intended for but it works for me!

    Corey

    31 January 2008 at 12:34 pm

  2. Excellent idea, Corey. I’m now going to do that. Many thanks.

    LeisureGuy

    31 January 2008 at 12:37 pm


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