How-to: easily save web content for later
- — 30 April, 2012 22:00
Throughout my workday, I routinely encounter Web sites I'd like to revisit at a later date. For example, often I'll see something that's good fodder for a blog post. Or something I can use as reference material in an upcoming feature.
Whatever the case, regular old bookmarking doesn't really get the job done. A bookmarked Web site is, for me, too easily lost or forgotten. That's why I rely on other services to clip, organize, and otherwise preserve important pages. Here are my three favorite solutions.
Evernote is great for organizing your stuff: documents, notes, photos, and the like. But many people overlook its Web-clipping capabilities, which are great for managing sites.
All you need is Evernote's bookmarklet, which you can add to any Web browser. When you see something you want to clip, just click the bookmarklet, choose a notebook, and add any applicable tags.
Evernote's iOS and Android apps snap right into your mobile browser and apps such as Reeder, too.
Formerly Read It Later, this recently renamed service is not unlike Evernote (right down to its Android and iOS companion apps): Just add its bookmarklet to your browser and you're a click a way from archiving any Web page for later viewing.
However, it's a little quicker than Evernote (it's literally one-click-and-done), and there's less of an emphasis on organization. Instead, Pocket is the tool to use for stuff you actually want to read later, as it formats Web content beautifully for whatever device you're using.
If your inbox routinely doubles as your to-do list, you'll want to check out Toread. This handy little service sends the currently displayed Web page directly to your inbox. What's the advantage? Simple: The site stays on your radar, instead of ending up in a less-visible "bucket" like Evernote or Pocket.
Using Toread is a snap. After registering for the service (it's free), you get a custom bookmarklet you can add to any browser. When you land on a site you want to send to yourself, you just click the Toread bookmark.
Presto: In mere minutes, the link arrives in your inbox. And not just the link, but also the full page you were viewing. (The service is called Toread, after all.) I've used this crazy-handy service for years; can't live without it.