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Just leave it to an app to become successful. A cluster of apps come up around it like polyps on a reef.

It’s not any different for our favorite read-it-later service that’s so fittingly called Pocket. A click on a little bookmarklet or a tap on the Chrome extension is all you need to collect the world’s wisdom and keep it for a lifetime. But that’s not what Pocket is for.

It is not meant to be a safe-deposit box you visit once a year. It shouldn’t become another clutter sinkhole for all that can’t find the time for. It should be for reading stuff you didn’t have time for earlier.

Unhoard is nice little web app that just might be the forced trick you need to rediscover all that you have stocked inside Pocket.

Rediscover Your Best Pocket Articles

Unhoard simply emails you a selection of web articles you saved in Pocket once a week. Oh, you can just log into Pocket and start reading. But enslaved to technology, we can’t do without a digital nudge now and then. A scheduled email that stares at you from the inbox can be less easily dismissed.

Here’s how it works:

Connect your Pocket account to Unhoard by using your Pocket credentials. This is the screen where you can set your preferences. As you can see, Sunday is a nice day to catch up on some reading. Give some thought to the How many things do you wish to receive? choice. The default is three. I think it works well without overwhelming you too much. Experiment with it.

Unhoard Settings Screen

The purpose of Unhoard is simple. But there’s a greater purpose to it. Think about why you save the articles to Pocket in the first place. And the kind of topics you like to read about. Rediscovering them could help you connect new dots and form fresh ideas. Sundays are good for that.

This is a sample snip from an Unhoard email.

Unhoard email

Supply Your Brain With the Best Articles

You can archive read articles from the email itself. Share the best ones with your friends first. Unhoard also has a Pro account. But for my money, the free account delivers what it promises. Just increase the number of articles you want to keep up with what you save.

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What kind of reading habit do you use to get more out of Pocket? What do you think about the idea behind Unhoard?

  1. Dennis
    November 30, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Hi, Dennis here, maker of Unhoard!

    Unhoard was born by the problem we experienced ourselves: A full Pocket and no sight on what was in there. We added lots of things to our Pocket and ended up with endless lists of things to read- or watch that were only growing. Inspired by e-mail newsletters we thought it would be cool to receive your own things on a weekly / daily basis.

    We build the prototype in a few hours for ourselves. Later we gained some users and added more features. What makes it really worth a try is the recent feature that enables you to directly archive things from the e-mails, to help you reach Pocket Zero.

    We would love it if you gave it a try and let us know any feature requests or feedback!

    • Saikat Basu
      November 30, 2016 at 11:10 am

      Thanks Dennis. As an early user, I am really liking the simple idea behind it. Reading my articles in batches of 3 is helping to cut down the unread count. And when I know that I have to read just 3, I don't get distracted by all the rest of what I have saved.

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