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Newsreader app Pocket has been updated, and now includes a few useful features for sharing selected articles with friends. The Pocket update introduces a completely redesigned Share Menu at the top-right corner of the app, with a new Send to Friend feature.

As with other newsreader apps such as Instapaper, Pocket’s new Share Menu includes buttons for sharing selected articles to over a dozen different social networks (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Reddit) and apps (e.g., Tweetbot, Mail, and Twitter for iPhone).

A new Send to Friend menu item includes a shortcut that lists recent friends you shared content with, making it easier to share with them again on any network. But according to Pocket, users still share content via email twice more often than social networks. The new feature makes this much easier, letting you highlight text in an article and add it as quoted text in the email you send.

Recipients will receive an email with a link to the article, and if they are Pocket users, they will also be notified right in their Pocket app. When another Pocket user shares with you, the content will likewise appear in your Pocket inbox. The Pocket update also brings enhanced notifications, so that in addition to email, you can now choose to receive a personal notification right on your phone or tablet when a friend shares with you.

Pocket is available for iOS, Android, Mac, and as a Web app. Head over to Pocket to get the new version.

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Source: Pocket Blog

  1. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    April 23, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Frankly, I don't need this feature. What I need is more support to browser extension so I can read my queue offline. Currently it's only for Firefox and Chrome. Exactly why I can't separate myself from Firefox (Scrapbook, Pocket, it has just everything I need).

    • Bakari Chavanu
      May 2, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      Good point, Lisa. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Chris Hoffman
    April 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Pocket and Flipboard feel a bit weird on Android because they're implementing their own Share feature. It's clearly because iOS doesn't have a built-in Share feature apps can tap into a la Android, so every developer has to implement their own.

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