How many webpages have you saved to read for later?
With apps like Instapaper (and others), it’s easy to mark a webpage or website to read “later.”
Unfortunately, for many of us, “later” never shows up.
A HUGE amount of unread web content that you’ll never end up reading. This is when you realize that you’ve been spending a good deal of time on the Internet almost doing something interesting.
Perhaps our standard of good content has been lowered?
None-the-less, this is what the creator of the Instapaper Placebo bookmarklet had to say about this phenomenon:
“… I find far more things that look interesting than I have time to read. Currently I have 4051 unread links. I had to write some code to find that out because instapaper doesn’t have an unread count anywhere. That lack of unread count is the best feature.”
This is why he created Instapaper Placebo:
“I’ve built instapaper placebo because instapaper itself is too complex for what I need. I don’t need a nice mobile app for reading. I don’t need a way to remove all the clutter from the page. I don’t need an online cross-platform bookmark syncing service. I just need a way of offloading all my good intentions. A way to stop hoarding links. And with less stuff to read I can make more stuff instead. Productive stuff. Like instapaper placebo.”
Do you need Instapaper Placebo?