Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Read it Later

I do this all the time. I surf the Internet. I find things I'd like to read, but I don't always have time to read them right then. I end up opening links in new tabs, planning to read them before I close my browser for the night. Many times I forget what tabs I have open, and end up closing everything - and never get a chance to read those things I thought looked interesting.

Today I found this Firefox extension called Read It Later.

Here's how it works:
  1. When you come across something you want to read later, simply click the 'Read Later' button and the page is inserted into your reading list.
  2. Then, later when you have some time, click 'Reading List' and it will randomly pull up something for you to read. (I'm not sure I like the random part, but I will have to play with it to see how it really works)
  3. When you are finished, click 'Mark It As Read' and it will be removed from your list. If, after reading it, you feel that it's something you want to keep and add to your bookmarks, you can use the dropdown under Mark It As Read to do that.
Chances are I will use this to create a whole list of pages and news items that I want to read later, and I won't read most of them. Still, I like the idea of having an easy way to save them, so I don't end up losing them at the end of the day when I close my browser.