Pocket: You Can Always Read It Later

What’s the point of having a pocket? Isn’t it that you can keep some stuff in it? Ok, now imagine you’re browsing the internet, and you want to read an article you accidentally found or watch a video, but you do not have the time to finish it right away. Wouldn’t you like it if you could save it in your “Pocket” and read it or watch it later?

What’s Pocket?

Founded in 2007 by Nate Weiner (One of the 30 People Under 30 Changing the World), Pocket is a simple, but amazingly handy app that helps you save interesting articles, images, videos, etc. to enjoy later. It’s basically a bookmark/link management app. One click or a couple of taps on the screen, and it’s yours! And since it’s ‘your’ pocket, you will have access to it everywhere! Whether you’re on the couch, at your desk, during commutes or travel — even offline. Pocket is a cross-platform application, available for all the major devices such as iPad/iPhone, Android, Mac, Kindle Fire, and Google Chrome.

Using the application

You can start using the app by creating a free account. You can sign up either with your email or your Google+ account – and you can do it using either its app or website. Once you have an account, you’re good to go! The only thing you need to do now is to save stuff in your Pocket account. Once you save an article or anything else, it will automatically sync it between all your devices and you can enjoy that interesting article, video or image elsewhere. There are many ways to bookmark stuff to read later.

You can use browser extensions and bookmarklets. It’s also integrated with more than 300 apps, such as Twitter apps for iPhone and iPad, Tweetbot (list of all the integrated Twitter apps), Flipboard, Feedly, Pulse, Zite, Reeder and many others (list of all the integrated News apps). You can also save links by emailing it to [email protected] with your confirmed email.

Below, you can see how it’s integrated with the Twitter app (left) and Flipboard (right).

Pocket App integrated in Twitter and Flipboad Apps
Pocket’s integration with Twitter and Flipboard Apps

Also, another tool that I found extremely handy with Pocket is its Google Chrome extension (another awesome extension to add next to OneTab). Just simply put everything you need in your pocket. It also has add-ons for Firefox and Safari.

Summary

Save for Later. Save anything to view later – Articles, videos, photos and more.

View Everywhere. If it’s in your Pocket, it’s with you everywhere – on your phone, tablet or your computer. You can also set it to download only over WiFi, so you can access everything offline.

Stay Organised. Streamlined navigation and tags to filter your content the way you want.

Best of Your Pocket. To help you find the best pieces of content that you’ve already saved.

User-Friendly Design & Layout. See everything in a beautiful and easy-to-view layout. Plus, Pocket won People’s Voice Awards for Best User Experience at The 2014 Webby Awards – and four other Awards.

Share the Knowledge. Share what you want with whoever you want. You can share it via email, or on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, WordPress, Evernote, Buffer, Tumblr – pretty much anywhere you want!

 

Over 10 million people use Pocket’s app to easily save articles, videos and more for later. Are you one of them? If not, are you gonna join them?

6 Comments Pocket: You Can Always Read It Later

  1. Mamad May 4, 2014 at 12:52 am

    One quick question. What if the link that the user wants to put in his pocket changes or gets removed? Wouldn’t it be lost from the pocket too? It would be even more awesome if “Pocket” could freeze webpages and their stuff (pictures, videos, etc), so that the user could be sure it’s never late to check out what he’s saved.

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    1. Behrouz May 5, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      To my knowledge, Pocket does download the article into your device, so you can keep it. However, I’m not sure what happens, for example, when an embedded YouTube video gets removed from source. I don’t think it will save that!

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  2. MeymiGrou Mey October 25, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    I saved an article from my blog to Pocket and then I deleted it. If the author delete the article, you can only read it if you don’t open the Wi-Fi in your device. As long as your device stays offline you can read it. Have you tried Instapaper, Behrouz?

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    1. Behrouz October 26, 2015 at 1:34 am

      Interesting! Thank you for clarification MeymiGrou 🙂 No, I haven’t really dug into it, but I might give it a shot. Why? Do you think it’s better than Pocket?

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      1. MeymiGrou Mey October 26, 2015 at 12:37 pm

        It’s the same thing only the design changes.. But I like it more than Pocket, give it a shot and let me know 🙂

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        1. Behrouz October 27, 2015 at 6:12 pm

          I definitely will 🙂 Thanks

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