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Every once in awhile I come across a nifty tool that is so cool, I’m compelled to share it with others.  The Pocket program, is one of them.

I am just passionate about reading.  With the wealth of information on the internet, I often feel like there is “so much to read and so little time.”  Pocket solves that problem for me.

When I’m surfing the web, I often come across articles, websites, news stories that look so interesting… but I don’t have the time at that moment to stop and read.  In the past, I have tried to save something for later by saving it to my bookmarks, and hoping I will remember to read it later.  Unfortunately, what usually happened is that I soon forget about it and when I do remember, I discover the article is now lost in a sea of bookmarks.

Pocket is such a smart web tool.  It creates a temporary list of bookmarks to be read at a later time and can be removed when you no longer need them. Adding an item to your reading list is easy, all you have to do is click on a bookmark in your web browser’s toolbar to save the page.  Then, when you finally have the time for some leisurely reading, you can simply bring up any item from your saved list.  You can either configure Pocket to automatically remove items once they’ve been read, or remove items manually one at a time.

One thing I really love about Pocket is that it copies your reading list down to your computer, allowing you to read offline.  This is especially handy for people who own laptops and/or tablets and often find themselves in a place with no internet connection. Pocket synchronizes your reading list with other computers and mobile devices.  Which means if you save an article while using your desktop, you can read in on your tablet, or smart phone.

And, even if you are not a reader, you can also use Pocket to save videos, images, and other internet content. You can sign up for a free Pocket account with your email address or Google ID.

By Gillian Whitney

Communications Consultant