Working smarter – something to be thankful for!
Here’s how most folks use the Web. You get a link in email, Twitter, Facebook, IM, whatever and you open it in a new tab.
Then, at some point in your copious free time, and possibly while reading other more pressing things, you’ll read these 43 tabs, right? Even better, some of the articles are 8 pages long so you’ll load up pages 1-4 and 6 and you don’t even know why.
Then, maybe your browser crashes or your system reboots or something locks up or you get confused as to why you wanted to read that in the first place.
This is not cool and I refuse to use the web in this way anymore. Here’s what I do.
Consider this new workflow. You’ll either Read It Now (which we’ll describe in part 2) or Read It Later (see below).
Instapaper lets you read important stuff later
Fast forward some hours. I’ve got time and I’ve collected a few interesting bits that I’m looking forward to reading. I visit Instapaper and see this:
Here’s an interesting bit: While I can click the link for Phil and visit his site, I don’t. I’ll click “Text” for Phil’s article using a filter. The Instapaper filter is a lot like Readability (more on that in part 2) in that it removes the non-content parts of the article. It also adds a little bar at the top where I can select between readable fonts, change the width, font size and line spacing. Everything here is focused on text and making the content I’m consuming more accessible.
I can, of course, also read from my phone (I’m working on a Windows Phone 7 version) or whatever device makes me happy. It’s the same queue.