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5 Better Alternatives to Pocket That Bookmark Anything for Later

Mihir Patkar 15-04-2017

Pocket has long held the crown of being the internet’s best digital bookmarking service Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service As Bakari previously reported, the well loved Read It Later - which enabled users to save articles to read later from a bookmarklet or various apps it was integrated with - was discontinued and replaced... Read More . But is it time to scrap it in favor of something else?


Long-time Pocket users are familiar with the problem of an abundance of unread bookmarks. You have to rely on tricks to get through your Pocket queue 9 Ways to Get More Out of Pocket Pocket is the ultimate digital bookmarking service out there. Let's find out how to boost your Pocket experience with the right web apps and extensions. Read More . And let’s not forget, Pocket started as “Read It Later”, its focus being on reading articles. That’s not what bookmarks on the internet are solely about any more.

A few new apps seek to solve other bookmarking needs. Videos, for instance, or the ability to add notes to your bookmarks. Or turning your entire browser into a perennial bookmark engine.

1. Vookmark (Android, iOS, Chrome, Safari, Apple TV): “Watch It Later” for Videos

Vookmark is, in essence, Pocket for Videos. When you come across a video on the web and want to save it to watch later, just “vookmark” it. You can then see the videos on Apple TV, Android, or iOS devices.

Install the extension in Safari or Chrome (or Chromium-based browsers like Opera How to Install Google Chrome Extensions in Opera Browser Opera is making a case for you to switch to it. There's one small problem: extensions. What if you could install Chrome extensions in Opera? It's easy, so here's a quick guide. Read More ). The Vookmark bookmarklet will be neatly embedded in supported sites like YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, DailyMotion, and Reddit. Click the bookmarklet and the video is automatically added to your list.

Download — Vookmark for Android, ffor iOS, for Chrome, for Safari, and for Apple TV (Free)


2. (Web): Send Articles to Your Inbox, Cleaned Up for Reading

One of the features people love about Pocket is how it cleans up web pages for an optimum reading experience. EmailThis.Me brings that to your inbox, no apps required.

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Sign up for the service, then use it to share any article to your inbox. EmailThis will strip unnecessary elements like ads, comments, and social sharing buttons, and send the article to your inbox using the lightweight bookmarklet Extensions vs. Bookmarklets: The Truth About the State of Your Browser One of the little known factors affecting browser speed is those third-party extensions you install. But uninstalling them doesn't mean getting rid of your favorite app. All you need are bookmarklets. Read More . And soon, your inbox becomes your read-it-later service.

The big advantage of this is that the article is saved in your inbox now, so even if the site deletes the original, you still have it with you. It avoids the pain you feel when you add links to Pocket only to find them dead later.

3. (Web, Chrome): A Dashboard of Bookmarks

There are some bookmarks you visit more often than others. While I’m personally partial to using the bookmarks bar on my browser, others prefer their bookmarks in the Speed Dials on a new tab The Idiot's Guide To Adding Website Bookmarks On Your Google Chrome New Tab Page For the past couple of years now, I have more or less been exclusively using Google Chrome as my day-to-day work browser. It is simply one of the best products that Google has ever produced.... Read More .

bookmarks booky

Booky can be your personal new tab page, and you can use it on any browser in the world. It has a unique interface based around dashboards. For example, you can make Dashboard #1 your “Work Dashboard”. Add categories, and links within those categories, related to your work requirements, such as emails, Slack, the company’s internal pages, and so on. And then Dashboard #2 can be your “Social Dashboard”, with links for social networking sites, messaging apps, your personal email, and so on.

In short, Booky is a neat bookmark system for those who like to keep links organized. Add color coordination as well as a simple bookmarklet, and you have a winner on your hands.

DownloadBooky for Chrome (Free)

4. Save To Google (Web, Chrome): Google’s Bookmarking App, With Notes

Did you know Google has its own bookmarking service? I used to love the bookmark and link shortener for Android URL Shortener Is The Swiss Knife Of Link Sharing And Saving On Android What sets URL Shortener apart is how easy it makes it for you to save links, copy them to a clipboard, or share them directly from a menu. Read More , but that stopped a while ago. The new version, though, is even better.

bookmarks save to google

Adding a link is as simple as clicking the “Save to Google” extension on any web page. But Google goes the extra distance by letting you add notes. Every bookmark automatically grabs the first few lines of the page, but you can edit that to turn it into your own notes. So when you revisit the bookmark days later, you no longer have to remember why you saved that link. Your notes will have it.

To view all your bookmarks, go to [No Longer Available] from your desktop or mobile browser. That is, if you can trust Google with more of your data.

Download — Save to Google for Chrome (Free) [No Longer Available]

5. WorldBrain (Chrome): When History Becomes Bookmarks

You know what I hate about bookmarks? That often, I forget to actually save a link. And yes, my browser history has those links, but finding them is like looking for a needle in a haystack. I’ll only remember some words from the link, but not the site I read it or anything else. How do I find it? Enter WorldBrain.

This smart extension is a full-text search for your browser’s history as well as bookmarks. It’s kind of like doing a Google search among the links you have visited, to find exactly the page you are looking for. It’s still in beta, so there are a few bugs, but it works pretty well so far in Chrome. Unlike other extensions though, it didn’t work on Chromium-based browsers like Opera.

In a nutshell, WorldBrain wants to end your habit of adding bookmarks by searching your entire history 3 Applications To View Your Entire Internet History In One Place [Windows] I've run into a bit of a problem lately. I've started using one browser for basic purposes, then another for everything Flash-based (such as games). Flash just feels faster in one browser, without heavy add-ons... Read More . Everything you visit is a bookmark in itself. Cool, eh?

DownloadWorldBrain for Chrome (Free)

Is Your Pocket Queue Too Big to Handle?

Pocket users, doth thy cup runneth over? Is the queue of bookmarks getting too large to handle? Is there value in switching to something else to rid yourself of the overwhelming backlog?

In addition to apps like this for saving items to read, there are other ways to read long articles 5 Smart Ways to Read Long Articles Quickly Instead of Hoarding Them What if you could read a long article in the limited time you have? These smart methods help you go through long reads quickly. Read More that might interest you.

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  1. Cynric Edevane
    December 31, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    You can use the tag feature in Pocket. You can use multiple tags for each article. It makes it easy to find articles. I use android flipboard to read articles, and web based apps don't work with this as far as I can tell.

  2. Mike K
    November 26, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    How is Bookmark OS not on this list? It is the only one I actually like using, tried them all...

  3. Srayzie
    July 11, 2017 at 4:31 pm is great too. It's good for bookmarking and as a start page. I really like how well you can personalize it all.

  4. Stephen Aldrich
    April 18, 2017 at 3:52 am
    tags, categorizes and keeps the entire page. Cross-platform, browser (Chrome and Firefox) extensions.

    • Glen
      July 5, 2019 at 9:27 pm

      excellent site, Pocket is my favourite, especially for reading while I travel, I use for saving guitar lessons, videos, and tablature

  5. Radek V?chet
    April 17, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Any of these apps don't solve one huge feature of pocket. Storing the content offline on your device. Very useful when traveling without signal or low on data.

    • Warren Warshaw
      April 19, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      I totally agree. The whole purpose of Pocket is to download articles to read when you don't have an internet connection. Perfect for devices that are wi-fi only or do not have an unlimited data plan.

      • Med
        May 4, 2017 at 11:38 pm

        Instapaper does

  6. Ana P
    April 16, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Someone mentioned earlier about Pocket backlog. I have the same problem. Perhaps could be useful for those articles you just want to read once and leave Pocket for the articles you want to go back for future reference. I use pocket when I'm reaseaching a top for my blog post but I also end up saving random stuff in there from time to time.

  7. Andy S.
    April 16, 2017 at 4:24 am

    How exactly would switching to a new service rid me of my Pocket backlog? None of these services will help me get through what I've already saved in Pocket, they just provide other options for saving new things, some of which are redundant. Why have a special service for bookmarking YouTube videos, when YouTube already has a built-in "watch later" queue?

    • Laura
      April 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      I wonder if there is an app for this -- I know Google's trying to "hack your life" by connecting Google calendar with goals you have. The service notices when you have free time in your calendar and suggests activities you could do in that moment that would take the available time. So, would be interesting if articles that have metadata on how long it takes to read them, could be connected with Google calendar to push that article to you.

      Or perhaps there's an If This then That recipe that could surface articles you've had saved for x number of weeks? I see a couple recipes that may be useful (adding an Pocket article to Trello or Slack so the article is listed with "to dos")

    • Srayzie
      July 11, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      Thank you for clearing that up. Now it works :)

  8. Shawn
    April 16, 2017 at 1:02 am

    That ‘S’ needs to be lowercase in

    • Srayzie
      July 11, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      Thank you for clearing that up. Now it works :)

  9. Rora
    April 15, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Diigo is the winner for me.

    • Laura
      April 19, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Yes!!! My favorite! Makes it so simple to stay on task and find things later, and take a snapshot of the page when you bookmarked it to prevent deadlinks.

    • John
      April 20, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      I am also all for Diigo. I use to use (before it became, and before it got swallowed by Yahoo, failed and re-emerged). The debacle is what pushed me to Diigo and while I didn't like change, I've found that Diigo offers a bunch of other benefits that could not (and still can not) offer, such as annotation, "sticky notes", highlighting, saving screen captures of pages you've annotated, saving current state of a page (to have a copy in case the page changes or disappears).

  10. Herman
    April 15, 2017 at 11:33 am

    I use Evernote for this and should also be on the list.

  11. rixarm
    April 15, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Instapaper should be on the list as it is the best alternative to the pocket. And it is free now.

    • Panos
      April 17, 2017 at 8:22 am

      Totally agree! I use Instapaper everyday it's by far the best out there!

    • teresa
      June 3, 2017 at 2:40 am

      Would be nice if Evernote Web Clipper still worked. No longer for me and a lot of other people. That's why I'm looking! :)