Given the tragic story of RSS within Evernote being dropped, my content curation process is shot. No longer can I highlight content on a web page, then drop it into an Evernote Notebook with the hope that an RSS feed will allow me to share that content elsewhere. That functionality is gone, and there's no going back.
So, what to do? I still want to share content. Should I pursue one of those content curation apps that turns your favorite links into a daily published emagazine? Well, there are tons of options for that and I regret I don't care for them.
Here's what I would like to be able to do:
- Organize my content with tags
- Share items to Pocket, no matter the device.
- Easily share content using a solution like IFTTT.com
- Easily save documents to Dropbox.
In a conversation with a colleague, I wondered if maybe I hadn't explored ReadItLater's Pocket well enough. Allow me to do that in this blog entry! Eat your heart out, Evernote!
1) Organize my content with tags
"Tags are keywords that enable you to easily describe something," I shared at a workshop one day. "Try to use words that pop into your head rather than carefully thinking about one. I've found that the word that pops into my head today is the one I'll remember tomorrow!"
One of the features I like about social bookmarking tools like Diigo and Delicious is how easy it is to add those keywords to web sites or tags. With Pocket, it's pretty easy to add tags when you save a web link to Pocket on a computer, or to add the tag on a mobile device like an iPad.
You can also see a list of all items you've tagged...the list below is an excerpt of what I've tagged as edtech :
Pocket Feature Request: A feature I'd like to see is that Pocket would allow the list owner to make their list public for easy sharing!
2) Share items to Pocket, no matter the device.
"Whether I'm standing in line at the grocery store," I've often pointed out, "or laying in bed at in the pre-get-out-of-bed minutes waiting for the heater to kick in, I want to easily share content to Pocket that I can sort later. Usually, I'm on my Android phone or iPad at these times."
Pocket certainly works across all my devices, and quite well. It was one of the first apps I noticed because it worked so well with various devices. You can also email content to Pocket via email@example.com from the email you signed up with!
"Would you mind waiting for a moment, sir?" asked the waiter as he rang up my lunch, I took the opportunity to scan my Twitter feed and save a few items to Pocket for later reading.
"Sure, take your time!" I replied as I worked my way through several items.
Saving something to Pocket is very fast, as is sharing! I can easily add tags, archive or favorite items in my Pocket List, each action resulting in something different that is picked up by an IFTTT.com trigger (more on that in a second).
Notice the toolbar across the top of the image below...the checkmark archives, the trashcan deletes the item and the star allows you to mark it as a favorite. If you click/tap on the arrow on the right side, you can easily share it with others via various services (e.g. email, twitter, etc.).
If you're a Feed.ly user (and who isn't these days with Google Reader being dropped into the river with cement shoes?), then Feed.ly makes it easy to save stuff to Pocket:
And, when that's done, a Pocket window will pop up that gives you quite a bit of control:
What I like about this window is that you can change the title, as well as type in various tags.
4) Easily share content using a solution like IFTTT.com.
"Now that I've saved valuable stuff to Pocket, I want to make sure that every act I take--favoriting an item, adding a tag, archiving an item--yields results!" Fortunately, Pocket makes it incredibly easy to do that.
Pocket+IFTTT allow me to fine-tune where and to whom I share content with. For example, if I type "team" as a tag, I can have IFTTT send a web page via email to certain staff or tweet it or whatever. If I type a different tag keyword, something else happens. Sharing IS key.
Here are three of my IFTTT recipes that rely on Pocket for sharing (although that second one will soon meet a quick death):
Here goes...anything tagged..."pdf" gets dropped into Dropbox
"tw" gets sent to Twitter
"pln" gets tweeted with the hashtag #hfsoars (which goes to a campus whose hashtag that is)
As you can imagine, IFTTT is pretty easy and once you figure out how to add tags to your Pocket, you can save information anywhere or re-share it easily! There are also some great tutorials, like this one at MakeUseOf.com.
The IFTTT recipe takes the URL of an article saved with the Pocket bookmarking service – converts it into PDF and ‘downloads’ it to your Dropbox folder. (Source: MakeUseOf)
"Sometimes, you encounter documents that need to be shared elsewhere. Wouldn't it be neat to save them to Dropbox so you can access them from your mobile device or computer?"
One way to accomplish that is to use an IFTTT recipe that enables you to favorite or tag (e.g. "pdf" might be one) that saves all PDFs to a Dropbox folder.
I also take advantage of the Chrome extension, Download to Dropbox.
Those are some of the ways I'm compensating now that Evernote has dropped support for RSS feeds for public notebooks. What are you doing?
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