Instapaper is for readers, Pocket for Mozilla

Reading later is usually a habit that I follow every day when I have some minutes of peace. I add articles and posts to my list in Instapaper from my feed reader, by a browser or via Twitter timeline. Sometimes my reading list became like a /dev/null folder, but with a load of patience and much free time, I successfully complete more reads.

Anyway, I said of Instapaper. I used Read it Later for years before it became Pocket, and I used Pocket too. But after a recent update for their Android app (and the Pinterest’s shopping) I’m definitely switched to Instapaper.

I’d like to highlight that I tried to switch back to Pocket several times, especially after the Mozilla acquisition, but each time I capitulate. Instapaper is for reading, Pocket is for sharing.

Instapaper has some features that in Pocket lacks, features that make reading more comfortable: for example the pagination. Yes, I know, even Pocket have the pagination, can be activated by flipping on the page but, in some cases, the results are damn illegible. Instagram has the pagination progress dots in an article and, in the list, a indicator for post length. Sublime for choice what read.

The highlight, oh yes the highlight. Underline parts of an article, share quotes – automatically or manually, as text or image, add notes, collect, search and archive them is a must have for all happy reader. The killing feature for me.

So, Pocket has other cool stuff if you want to share your posts or if you want to create a public collection, but missing reading power features. Mozilla bought Pocket to create a greedy ecosystem of relevant shared contents to suggest in their next browser version, and it’s a great thing, but I think that Mozilla still needs to invest on Pocket under pure reading profile and I hope that this takes place.

If you want mainly read and store your links and quotes, Instapaper wins hand down. For now.

Web Extensions for coming back to Firefox

From the beautiful and most fascinating CNET Special Report on the Mozilla Firefox rebirth:

But another change in Firefox 57 will break a venerable part of Firefox — the extensions technology that lets you customize the browser. For example, with extensions you can block ads, protect your privacy, download YouTube videos, translate websites and manage passwords. Extensions were a key advantage back when Mozilla first took on IE in 2004, but Mozilla is switching to Web Extensions, a variation of Chrome’s customization technology.

I found that the only reason that keeps me far away to Firefox is the poverty of their universe of extensions. Some are obsoleting, some with missing features and much others absent (comparing with Chrome, obviously). And it’s an absurd because Mozilla was the first browser with a large add-ons store.

Next big Firefox version it will provide the simplest way for developers to build extensions and convert a Chrome Extension to a Web Extension. It could be a comeback revolution and would be meaning a huge exodus to the Mozilla’s browser for all users, like me, that has lived a web diaspora.

Good news on the open side of the web.