What are the best workflows to save and organise content that one finds online, but doesn’t immediately have time to read?
First a few questions:
- How do you find online content on a daily basis, how does content find you?
- What is your current workflow? How/where do you save content that you find online but want to read later?
- What services do you use? What works well? What doesn’t?
- If you could ‘fix’ one thing in the current workflow, what would it be?
- What would your “dream” tool do for you?
This is what I think:
Whatever service I choose, I want it to allow me to save articles, videos, websites, and blog posts I come across throughout a day:
- with one click
- to one single place
- a place that is easy to view, aesthetic, easy to stay organised (so that it’s a pleasure to come back to it)
- a place that I can easily access
- from any device
- online or offline
If you access the Internet from multiple devices throughout the day you know exactly what I’m talking about.
I use my laptop at work, my smartphone on the move (e.g. reading tweets while waiting for a bus), my iPad when travelling for meetings and conferences (and on the sofa in the early mornings and evenings).
I stumble across things that I’d like to read or watch later constantly in my work. Sometimes curated content is distributed via e-mail and I know this will be something good, but it’s not relevant to my task at hand and I don’t want to get distracted. I need a place to ‘shift it’ to for later…
When reading tweets on my iPhone, I come across and filter different kinds of content. I can read short articles on a small screen but not the longer, more demanding ones – I will do it later…
My iPad is for me a wonderful ‘consumption’ device, allowing for paperless reading of articles, news, blog posts, watching of short videos.
It’s usually from my iPad that I access ‘Pocket’, my favourite service for managing read-it-later content. It’s an app for web, desktop and mobile use.
This is why I like it:
- First of all (for the non-initiated): there are excellent tutorials available in the help section on how to manage your reading list across devices and media
- It caters a lot of different styles how to collect stuff
- In your browser, you can use a bookmarklet: click on the special ‘pocket’ bookmark to add the current web page to the stream
- You can email a link to firstname.lastname@example.org, which will automatically sort it in
- You can add stuff from your favourite apps, including twitter and flipboard
- It will automatically syndicate your various devices.
And last but not least: it’s private :). I can collect whatever I want, without spamming anyone in my circles, groups, or neighbourhood. I can filter first, then share either in Diigo or Mendeley.