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I've just started using a really useful browser extension.

I'd used to keep a Temporary folder in my bookmarks, where I'd keep links I wanted to read later. However, to be honest, it got clogged up, or just plain forgotten about.

Friday I came across Read It Later. It's a really simple idea - it just adds a new option to the browser's right click menu, and a couple of extra buttons in the menu bar.

Right click Read it later instead of opening a link (or click the Read Later button in the toolbar when you're on a page), and the page is added to the Reading List. When you want to read the page, just click on the Reading List drop down, and when you're done click the Mark as Read button to remove from the list and add to any of a whole host of bookmarking services (including Firefox's own...).

Simple, and sensible.

Now all I want it is a synchronisation web service, so I can access the same Read It Later bookmarks from my laptop and my desktop.

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codepope
Nov. 11th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
What it should do is manage a folder of actual bookmarks (and hide support data in the description), then it would automatically sync with whatever bookmark sync you had set up.

sbisson
Nov. 12th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
That would be a good way for it to work...
kevinwmoor
Nov. 11th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that — most useful.
andrewducker
Nov. 12th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
Would be nice if it opened them in new tabs rather than overwriting the one I was using...
(Anonymous)
Nov. 12th, 2007 05:48 am (UTC)
This looks good. My bookmarks get rather untidy because I'm using them for just this temporary purpose. Thanks for finding it.
lamentables
Nov. 12th, 2007 07:14 am (UTC)
Oooh, now there's something that might stop me having 30+ tabs open at once. Thanks.
lamentables
Nov. 12th, 2007 10:10 am (UTC)
Hmmmm, that wasn't very successful.
After a long list of glitches I've uninstalled it and I'm relying on my brain to recreate the list of tabs I had open, nearly half of which are currently awol.
sbisson
Nov. 12th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
Sorry :-(
lamentables
Nov. 12th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, I wasn't complaining at you, I just thought you should know. I am disappointed though, because it's a good idea :)
(Anonymous)
Nov. 12th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
Why not just use Delicious + toread tag?
That way it's the same list from anywhere, and you can also add "towatch, todo" tags, and share it with contacts you might like it...?

There's a handy Firefox extension for that too...

Cheers, Armand
sbisson
Nov. 12th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Why not just use Delicious + toread tag?
It's not really the way I used to use del.icio.us, and I have to admit, I've sadly neglected my account there over the last year.

I tend to use a lot of bookmarks for article research, so I don't really want to spam the world with 500 pages on SaaS, or a drill down into the depths of Popfly block building...

(So I do use the TabMix Plus save sessions feature a lot)
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