How to Get Instapaper Functionality from del.icio.us

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Posted on February 11, 2008 10:07 PM in Miscellaneous
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Note: I've yet to try Instapaper myself, but based on everything I can glean from the website without actually joining, the following appears to be true.

If you wish to achieve the functionality provided by Instapaper using your already existing and tried-and-true del.icio.us account, simply tag the lengthier articles you'd imagine you'd save in Instapaper with the "unread" tag. At any point in time, you can access your unread items from a URI like:

http://del.icio.us/<your_user_name>/unread

Then, after you've gotten around to reading an item, you can remove the tag, or if you've decided it's not something you want lingering around permanently in your del.icio.us bookmarks, you can remove the saved article altogether.

Pros to this approach? Well, you can actually choose to keep articles around indefinitely even after reading them. The same isn't necessarily so in Instapaper, given the following FAQ entry:

Instapaper isn't meant for permanent, long-term archival of everything you’ve ever wanted to read. And while best efforts are made, your data's integrity is not 100% guaranteed here.

Another advantage is that you don't have to sign up for yet another service. Though, nowadays I think some people feel like if they aren't signing up for another service every day, something's gone terribly wrong.

Cons to the approach? Well, if you're one of the aforementioned people, you don't get to sign up for a shiny new service that is generating some buzz at the moment.

Comments

Travis Vocino on February 13, 2008 at 8:24 AM:

Ah ha! I was considering the development of some kind of "read" and "unread" system for my del.icio.us bookmarking. I bookmark a lot of stuff. Some of which I fully intended on going back to read.

I wonder how many gems of knowledge I've left and forgotten forever.

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