If you are anything like me, you love reading articles online. I mean, I enjoy learning everyday, and the idea of having the experience and insight of millions of people sharing their expertise on the internet it is very exciting.
But I am also aware that there is tons and tons of content that I don’t really care about. So, how do I approach this massive sea of information everyday? I mostly get around with these three apps. Let me share them with you.
The One You Spend Your Free Time On
The first app is called Something, and it is designed for your phone. I don’t really care about that and use it on my iPad, it looks massive, but it is efficient. The deal with Something is that it presents articles to you based on the people you follow on Twitter, which is great because you are supposed to follow people that share stuff you care about.
Even so, it is not rare that someone shares something you don’t want to read, if that pops out… you swipe left. If you like what you get, you swipe right and the app starts to “learn” what you like most, that way Something will have more good stuff next time you come by.
The One Where You Keep Up with The Things You Like
Chances are you’ve heard about Flipboard. It is a digital magazine in which you can follow your favorite sites, topics and people. Many reliable and very interesting sources have Flipboard magazines that you can enjoy (be sure to read The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Flipboard Pro).
This tool is not only for reading, it even has its own verb: you can “flip” stuff. If you install an extension in your browser, you can add articles, photos and videos from the web to your own magazines (you can also do it from the app). If people like what you flip, they can follow your magazines and share them around. Flipboard can be a powerful tool for those who love curating content.
The One I Can’t Live with Out
Oh, Pocket. This app has saved me from the attack of the thousand tabs. Curiously, it is when I am working, studying or doing something else that requieres my attention, when I come by super interesting articles I want to read right away. This is the way I procrastinate: I read a lot of stuff that has nothing to do with what I am doing at the time, and I end up with a thousand tabs opened.
The only thing you have to do is install the app in your phone/tablet/computer and the extension in your browser. I’ve —slowly— learned to press the button to save in Pocket and forget about the article until I really have the time to read it. This helps me increase my productivity and I can get things done. I also have some recipes in IF that automatically save interesting articles from certain websites. I never run out of stuff to read, and it is always good stuff!
So, there you go! These are three amazing apps you can use to read and manage your favorite online content.
Are you familiar with any of them?
If you use other tools, let me know! I am an article junkie and I enjoy finding new apps to try out.
[Image via Matthew G]