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June 24, 2011 at 10:34pm
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Reducing my Internet ADD

I follow a lot of blogs and websites. It is hard to read every article of every site I follow. It is also hard to read a longer article on the internet without being distracted a paragraph in (no matter how well written the content is).

Not only are distractions like instant messages, and instant access to other websites a problem, but on some sites there is so much extra “fluff” that can really distract me from reading the article content. 

Arc90’s readability bookmarklet was a godsend for reading articles on the web. So when I discovered they now had a service that would allow me to read pages later, and on my kindle I got pretty excited. 

Readability

Oh wait it cost money….

Unfortunately this pricing plan was a little steep for me. There must be a better way. After googling around I found instapaper!

Instapaper does everything readability does and its free! It’s also got a sweet API and is extreamly simple to use.

Ironically* the first article I ended up reading on my kindle via Instapaper was orbital content, an article on the very subject of this one! Here is the abstract from that article:

We are on the cusp of a complete overhaul of the way in which we interact with online content, and I think you should be a hell of a lot more excited than you currently are. Bookmarklet apps like InstapaperSvpply, and Readability are pointing us toward a future in which content is no longer entrenched in websites, but floats in orbit around users. This transformation of our relationship with content will force us to rethink existing reputation, distribution, and monetization models—and all for the better.

Picture of Amazon Kindle

[1] I know this is not actually Irony but I prefer the Alanis Morissette’s understanding of the word over the dictionaries.

Notes

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