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May 082012
 

The internet is an infinite source of information but occasionally due to our own thirst for knowledge, we can find ourselves a little lost with information overload.  

How often have you Googled something, you begin looking through the search results, you click here, you click there, click, click, click.   You find so much information on your search topic that you want to read, but before too long you’ve opened 32 web browsers tabs, each with an article or website that must be read….

STOP!!!!!  How many tangents did you go on?   What was your original search?   Where was that paragraph in that article you read 3 hours ago?

There is so much information at your fingertips, but where do you start, and where do you finish?

The following tools, found on our ever reliable internet, may be the answer we are looking for:

Pocket (formerly known as Read it Later)

With just one click, Pocket lets you save anything you can find on the internet so you can watch or read it on any device, any time for FREE.

You are left with a Reading List that you can review when and where it suits you.   From your reading list you can mark when you have read the article or reviewed the site and you can also archive them.

If it turns out that you like Pocket more than Instapaper below, Pocket has the ability to import articles saved with Instapaper into Pocket.

Instapaper

There are a few additional benefits offered with Instapaper –  it enables you to find friends and follow them.  Articles they are reading are then provided to you as suggested reading.  Instapaper also allows you the ability to categorise the sites you have saved into different folders.   Instapaper is free and offers a $1 per subscription fee if you wish to support it.

Reader

While not a list saving tool as the examples above, Safari has an inbuilt “Reader” tool which for the easily distracted is a godsend as it strips all of the advertising content from the site and leaves you with only the text to read.  Great when printing too as you save paper without all of the advertising.

Within Chrome, you can add “iReader” the equivalent of Safari’s Reader and Firefox also has an add-on called “Reader”.

Readability

Now, Readability is like Pocket and Reader rolled into one.  It’s free.  You can save pages to view from any device at a later time, AND, Readability cleans the content of all advertising.

At the end of the day, these tools and the great articles in them are of no value if you don’t allow yourself regular review time:

  • Schedule a regular time that works within your lifestyle to return and review your pile of sites/articles.
  • Set a maximum number of sites or articles to return to.
  • If you exceed your maximum number, consider adding more review time to your schedule, or start a new project list and address them one by one.
  • Resist the urge to search during review time.

Hope you like my first article!

Kerryn

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