Instapaper describes itself as a “Read Later” bookmark, which is just the tip of the iceberg. It is very helpful because applications take advantage of it’s API and allow you to create these “Read Later” bookmarks. There are plenty of other bookmarking/read later type of tools out there and I do use a few of them personally.
To give a brief description of how I use bookmarks, I’ll first have to mention the tools. Obviously Instapaper is one of them, followed by Evernote and Delicious. I was bouncing back and forth between delicious and Google Chrome’s native bookmarks, but have finally decided to use Delicious.
I come across tons of different pages on the web, whether its coming from RSS feeds, links from friends or me just surfing. Instapaper is used when I really don’t have then time to read or take action on what a page has to offer. By “take action” I mean that the site has a tutorial of some kind or tools that I would like to further investigate. If I find the information to be useful enough then I will want to keep it as a reference, so it then become qualified to be a more permanent bookmark on Evernote or Delicious. If the content is something that seems like it will maybe go away, I take a static clip of it in Evernote and if it’s something I may want to have the latest of, it goes to Delicious. I highly recommend tagging for both to make searching easy.
Another key reason to use Instapaper is shown in the image below. It has its own clean view that allows you to see the content without the distraction of ads and crazy design.
The tools I prefer to use are of course for Google Chrome and they are the Chromapaper app which gives you offline sync and ChromeToPaper extension which lets you bookmark your current page. There is a iPhone app, but it cost $4.99, so I use the Safari browser and just have a button on my home screen. If your not using anything, try it out.
Buffer is a very useful web app that allows you to queue up a bunch of tweets and have them automatically post based on a set custom schedule.
I’m sure everyone has come across someone on Twitter who has, what I refer to as, twitarrhea. Which means they post way to frequently and appear to be the only ones appearing in your stream. It’s people like that who need to take advantage of a tool like buffer.
I am not one of those people who have twitarrhea, but I use Buffer because I like the user experience and it is easy to use. I’m using the free account, which uses a short URL that allows you to track how many clicks a link is getting after you post. They have recently opened bit.ly tracking to the free accounts, so if you are using bit.ly elsewhere, you can use that and just add this to it. You can check the stats on the Buffer site with the number of clicks, the amount of people who were following you at the point of time and also the count of retweets.
What really makes it easy for me to use Buffer is the Google Chrome extension, which takes the current page you are on and creates a tweet. By default, it uses the title of the page and the URL, but the tweet can be customized and changed to whatever you would like. I strongly recommend you give the free account a try and if you need it, there are paid accounts with more features.