Pocket

I setup Pocket on my Mac and iPhone1 and I really like what I see so far. It’s interesting that even though the company has a Mac app available, I actually like using the Web site more. I think it’s probably because most of the things I save are from Reeder or Web browser, so I’m already there. Switching to the app just seems like an extra step for me. But that’s the way I work, everyone is different.


  1. I’ll do my iPad this weekend. 


  • http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/ Shawn King

    I’ve always been a huge fan of Pocket. Great app that helps me get through hundreds of RSS feeds each day.

  • http://twitter.com/ChadwickWill Chad Williams

    I switched to Pocket when the Mac app came out and I had to go back to Instapaper. Although they essentially do the same thing, there is a lot of little stuff that Instapaper does better. Plus, I like Marco.

    • Mother Hydra

      yup!

  • http://www.johncblandii.com John C. Bland II

    Pocket is my favorite. The Chrome extension makes it brain-dead easy to add items and the Android app can read articles to you (not sure if that’s on iOS yet or not).

    Great software.

  • FuzzyPuffin

    Set up is the verb. Setup is the noun. I’m continuously shocked how the Internet, and tech sites in particular, always gets this wrong.

    I prefer the app, but I rarely add articles from my Mac. It’s almost always from Pulse on iOS.

    • http://www.thegraphicmac.com/ JimD

      Go poop on yourself!

  • Todd

    browse on Flipboard, save to Pocket, read offline.. Winner!

  • http://digitizedsociety.tumblr.com/ DigitizedSociety

    Pocket doesn’t have a business model. I’m apprehensive about how they plan to become a self sustaining business.

    • http://www.johncblandii.com John C. Bland II

      As a user, why does that matter? The same could have been said about Twitter until last year or early this year (whenever they started doing promoted tweets, etc).

      (no sarcasm, curious from a discussion standpoint)

      • http://twitter.com/forty2j Jim McPherson

        Primarily it has to do with getting emotionally invested in a product that could disappear at any time from lack of funding.

        • http://www.johncblandii.com John C. Bland II

          Figured as much but it is a utility service with quality replacements so normally I’d agree but with Pocket…meh. If it died, I’d move on,

          • http://digitizedsociety.tumblr.com/ DigitizedSociety

            So then why not pick a quality service that won’t integrate ads or disappear?

          • http://www.johncblandii.com John C. Bland II

            No crystal ball can determine what they will do and Pocket s the best for me.

        • http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/ Shawn King

          Ah – there’s the problem. And the solution is simple – don’t get “emotionally invested” in products. :)

          • http://twitter.com/forty2j Jim McPherson

            But the act of installing it, setting it up, and turning to it for daily use is an emotional investment. If I don’t care if I’m using it or not, I’m not going to use it.

          • http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/ Shawn King

            “But the act of installing it, setting it up, and turning to it for daily use is an emotional investment.”

            Umm…really? Wow…I use software and hardware all day, every day but I certainly don’t feel much of an “emotional investment” to it.

            “If I don’t care if I’m using it or not, I’m not going to use it.”

            Sorry – that doesn’t make any sense. Could you explain?

          • http://twitter.com/forty2j Jim McPherson

            Basically, I don’t experience anything superficially. I don’t “go through the motions”. If I’m going to set up an application to use every day, it’s because I expect to enjoy using it every day. For it to be suddenly discontinued would be yanking that enjoyment away from me.

      • http://digitizedsociety.tumblr.com/ DigitizedSociety

        Pocket (AKA Read It Later) used to charge “pro” users in order to user the service. Pocket no longer charges for their app or for a “pro” account. I assume that they don’t plan on charging users ever again, which means that they will either get bought or integrate advertising.

        • http://www.johncblandii.com John C. Bland II

          They are funded so technically they are bought. :-) I didn’t now the offered pro though. Thx for the note.

          Ads are more than going to make their way unless the start providing data to other companies on our usage/patterns.

          • http://digitizedsociety.tumblr.com/ DigitizedSociety

            I see what you did there, but you know what i mean “bought”. The VC’s want to make good off of their investment and a business that doesn’t make money except for VC infusion is not a valid business and is not what drew the investment from the VCs.

            Pocket no longer charges for “pro accounts”. That was when the service was known as “Read It Later” and was attempting to be a self-sustaining business. Once it became known as Pocket they did away with any hopes of being a “self-sustaining” business and turned into a VC product.

            I always figured this would get picked up by Google and integrated into Chrome and Android. There would be all sorts of great user data and advertising opportunities with it, not to mention it is a product thats name is only 1 word (like everything else google offers in their utility nav).

          • http://www.johncblandii.com John C. Bland II

            Yeah, I did. :)

            I hear you on self-sustaining.

  • ty

    Pocket is better than instapaper by name alone.

  • http://www.thegraphicmac.com/ JimD

    I started using Pocket when it first came out as Read It Later. LOVE the service. The Chrome extension is horrible, but FF and Safari ones are pretty decent.

    I prefer Pocket over other services, if for no other reason than the developer isn’t so fucking full of himself. The service speaks for itself.

  • Arsy

    I don’t give a fuck. Why not write something interesting?