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While Pinterest encourages its users to save articles for later reading, let’s face it — it’s no Pocket. Pinterest is great as a visual bookmarking service, and there’s a lot of interesting content hiding behind each pin. So how do you get the best of both worlds?
By connecting the two services using Zapier, you can automatically add Pinterest articles to Pocket for offline reading.
Zapier is a service similar to IFTTT: it allows you to automate processes and actions online. Unfortunately, when saving content from Pinterest to Pocket, IFTTT saves the pin itself rather than the article, which defeats the purpose of using Pocket’s offline reading. So, use Zapier!
After you’ve signed up for a Zapier account, you can go ahead and create a Zap, by clicking the “Make a Zap” button at the top of the page. In the field for “Choose a Trigger App”, type Pinterest. Select “New Liked Pin” as your trigger, and hit connect.
If you haven’t already connected your Pinterest account, you will be prompted to do so. Zapier will also test the connection to make sure that it’s working.
Next, you’re going to choose the action taken based on the trigger. Search for Pocket and select it as your “Action App”. Only one option will show up as an action, “Save for later”. Select that and click Save and Continue.
Again, if you haven’t already connected your Pocket account, you’ll be prompted to do so.
The final step to set up your Pinterest-Pocket Zap, is to enter some information. You have to enter a URL in order to test the setup. Just use the link of a Pin that you want to save to Pocket and hit the continue button.
If you want, you can also add a “Pinterest” tag to all links saved with this method, so you can easily view all articles you’ve saved from Pinterest on Pocket.
The last step is to name your Zap and turn it on.
The free version of Zapier, however, comes with limits. You can only set up a total of five Zaps, and are limited to running those Zaps 100 times per month. If you’re an IFTTT user, you could just use Zapier for this purpose, and stick to IFTTT for the rest of your automation needs.
Do you use Pinterest to save articles for reading later? Let us know in the comments.