Pocket : Part 1 ‘Put it in your pocket and save it for a rainy day…’

If, like me, you come across loads of interesting stuff on the web that you’d like to read but maybe isn’t what you’re looking for right now, then you want a way to save it so you can come back to it later, right?

Pocket is a fantastic tool to save things for just this reason. It can be installed across all your devices – laptop, tablet, phone etc – so that it automatically syncs and your saved web page or article is ready and waiting for you when you have the time to read it properly.

Set up is easy, you need to create an account but once done you really need do little else – except use it!

To save a web page to your Pocket from your phone or tablet: download the Pocket app to that device and log in using your email and password; when you have something you want to save use the ‘share’ option in your browser and scroll through the available sharing options (usually Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn … etc) until you see the Pocket logo and click. It’s that simple! Sync between devices is pretty rapid, so if you want to read that article a couple of minutes later from another device then it will be ready and waiting for you – just open the Pocket app and scroll until you find it.

You can download saved stuff too, so that you can read it whilst not connected to the internet (on the underground, whilst flying etc); and you can categorise stuff by giving it tags: recipes, techie stuff, marketing articles, gardening tips … whatever floats your boat, and then you can easily view only the saved items for one particular subject. You can apply more than one tag to each saved item, so if it falls into more than one category you aren’t compromised on filing it. Tags can be added at the time you save your page – but my tip for speed and convenience is to simply pocket the article, and then every so often pop into your pocket and apply the appropriate tags to each untagged one – or just read and delete if that’s what you prefer.

But, isn’t this the same thing as bookmarking it in your browser? Well, kind of – but better. No messy bookmarks bar, no flipping or flapping about between bookmark folders trying to find that one really interesting piece you wanted to read but now for the life of you can’t find it (probably because you mis-filed it?). Is that not you? Oh well, it’s just me then…

If you are a big reader or researcher of web articles, this app could be your new best friend. And it has a nice bit of screen styling too.