I could kick myself ten times around the block for not having discovered Pocket sooner. The truth is, the pocket icon was sitting undiscovered at the top of my browser screen for an entire year before I accidentally clicked on it and said “whaaaaat?”
When I got my new computer, I took a whole day to remove all the garbage programs that were cluttering up my brand new space. One of the first programs I installed was Firefox, and being in a hurry, I somehow missed Pocket. I managed to ignore the little Pocket icon for over a year.
Now that I discovered it, I am thrilled beyond description. It has changed my browsing life and I have become a power user.
Do YOU know what Pocket is? Have you tried it yet? If not … keep on reading.
What is Pocket?
Pocket allows you to save a website page or article in “your pocket” so that you can read it later. Your Pocket list can be synced to all of your devices., so you can catch up on your reading anywhere and anytime.
One of the BIG benefits of Pocket is it WORKS OFFLINE!
You read that right. Trapped in an airplane seat or the backseat of a car with no Internet access? Use the time to read all the articles you saved.
Sitting at MacDonalds and don’t want to hook up to their insecure WiFi? Use the time to catch up with no danger of being hacked.
I actually go to MacDonalds for coffee and an egg muffin just to be able to go through my article list without any distractions.
How to Use Pocket
One of the obvious questions that you may have is how to use Pocket. If you are using a browser other than Firefox, you will need to get a Pocket extension. This extension is available for Safari, Microsoft Edge, Opera and Google Chrome. When you have Pocket installed, you will see the pocket button on the toolbar.
You simply click on it when you find a page or article that you want to save for later.
You can also add Pocket to your smart phones or iPads. Click here for download instructions.
What Can You Use Pocket For?
The best things about Pocket is its versatility and convenience. Save articles, recipes, webpages, youtube videos, tweets and more. So far my experience has been … if I can see it on my screen, I can save it.
One of the big negatives for me is the fact that I can NOT add notes to my saves. Really … I have NO idea why they would not have added this feature since you CAN create your own tags.
What you CAN do is use Pocket along side Evernote to make a seamless system of archiving items. Here is an excellent article from LifeHacker on how to integrate Pocket and Evernote.
Here is a concrete example of how I use Pocket. I am working on a novel that involves horse breeding. At this point I don’t know how much detail I will need, so I’m not wasting time doing much advanced research. As I come across articles that may be of use, I tuck them into my pocket with a horse breeding tag. When I actually NEED some specific tidbits I will already have reference articles that will make my research fast and easy.
You can do the same thing. As you come across bits of useful information for YOUR books, stuff them into your Pocket so it is available when you need the details. It takes seconds and is MUCH easier than bookmarking.
Why Go Premium?
The free version of Pocket sounds amazing enough, but you might want to consider investing in Pocket Premium. When you go premium, you have access to a wide variety of features that may be useful to you.
For one thing, you will not have to “suffer” with annoying ads cluttering your pocket list. This is a little thing, and a pitiful reason for spending good money. It’s not as if the free version is overwhelmed with ad content!
The big benefit with Pocket Premium is the permanent library feature that backs up all of the websites and articles that you have saved. It even goes so far as allowing you to see the original pages even if there are changes made to them later on.
Pocket Premium also has a topic search and Advanced Search Operators so that you can more easily find what you are looking for. I have hundreds of saves and finding stuff was getting too difficult so for ME, so the searching feature was the reason I got Premium.
FREE or Premium, Pocket is an amazing tool that will help you keep organized, reduce frustration and save you a boat load of time.