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Instapaper — Resource of the Week

Instapaper

There’s an incredible amount of interesting and entertaining information on the Internet. There’s so much, in fact, that it’s a good idea to develop a usable workflow so you don’t drown in a sea of information.

In past Resource posts I’ve talked about using tools like Twitter and Feedly to set up a system for automatically bringing information from the web to you. Today’s post is about Instapaper, a tool that helps you easily save links to content so you can read the articles when and where it’s convenient for you.

Instapaper is a bookmarking application that helps you save links to web pages and access them later. To set up Instapaper, all you have to do is go to instapaper.com and set up a user account. Then click on the “how to save” link in the left column of the home page and drag the “Read Later” button to your favorites toolbar at the top of your browser.

Saving Articles to Instapaper

Then when you want to save a website for later reading, all you have to do is click on the Read Later button in your favorites toolbar and it’ll be saved for later access.

Instapaper read later button

When you want to read web pages that you’ve saved to Instapaper, you can access them on your computer at Instapaper’s website or you can use the Instapaper app on your mobile devices. The content is automatically synced to all your computers and devices.

Instapaper also integrates with the iPhone Twitter app, so you can save links in Twitter to Instapaper. Just press and hold the tweet and then press the “Send to Instapaper” option.

Twitter Instapaper Save

Instapaper is a critical part of my web content workflow because it allows me to thumb through my Twitter feed and other content gathering applications when I have a few spare minutes. Then I can read the pieces that look interesting when I have more time.

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