There are two apps that I use more than any other outside of Gmail and those are Instapaper and Pinboard. Chances are, you’re familiar with Instapaper. If not, get familiar ASAP. It will undoubtedly change the way you read articles that you come across online. And if you have a Kindle, you can set up Instapaper to send you digests every week, which rocks. Pinboard is my preferred bookmarking service. I used Delicious for several years, but I didn’t like the direction the product was headed and started noticing an increased amount of spam, so I jumped over to Pinboard. The service was founded by two nerds from Delicious (one of whom was a co-founder with Joshua) and describes itself as “a bookmarking website for introverted people in a hurry.” Anyone who knows me knows that I’m an extrovert with introvert tendencies. You can check out and subscribe to my Pinboard bookmarks if you’re interested. Enough about all that. Here’s the feature request I’d like to see:
From the Pinboard team
Throughout the day I am saving things in both Instapaper and Pinboard and I want them to be more tightly integrated. In Pinboard I have the option to suck in my Instapaper feed, but don’t have the option to send articles the other way. Instead of having to first bookmark an article on Pinboard and then click the Instapaper ‘Read Later’ bookmarklet, I’d like to do both at the same time and I have to imagine others would to. I picture this feature just being an additional checkbox for Instapaper in the Pinboard bookmarklet pop-up. They could probably even integrate it into the ‘read later’ checkbox on the back-end.
*Bonus points if you can make it easy to install a Pinboard bookmarklet on the iPhone, similar to how Instapaper does it.
From Marco at Instapaper
This is probably a little more complicated than the feature I’d like to see from Pinboard. When I add something to Instapaper it’s because I haven’t read it yet or at the very least I haven’t read it completely and would like to later. Once I read it, and assuming I want to bookmark it in Pinboard, I would have to open the original article and then click on my Pinboard bookmarklet, tag it and save it. It would be awesome if while reading the article, I could simply ‘add to pinboard’, be able to tag quickly and save. In particular having this on the iOS apps would be incredibly useful.