How I Read the Internet

Brian  

I read a lot online. The internet has been good to me. But it needs filters. I follow 241 people on Twitter, and that number is growing. Those folks post a lot of links I want to read, but often don’t have time to at the moment they post it.

Enter Instapaper. Integration with Twitter apps and all my browsers, and a iPhone app. Brilliant and simple. If it’s worth reading, I’ll “read it later.”

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My other favorite tool is Readability, which makes most websites 20 times better by cutting out the sidebars, ads, Flash, and other crap and just giving me the article I want to read, in a wonderful typeface of my choosing, at the size I prefer.

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I’ve set my father-in-law up with Readability, because he, too, hates the crap on websites that disturb good content. It’s good stuff. Arc90 deserves a medal.

So here’s how I read the internet:

  1. Twitter to Instapaper (to read later) or to Safari/Readability
  2. Safari to Instapaper or Readability (depending on time)
  3. Google Reader in Fluid with Helvetireader
  4. Email – I still prefer some email newsletters and Feedburner because it, again, is just the content.

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