Pocket Beta

Today I found an invite in my mailbox for the Pocket Beta.

We’ve been working on making it wayeasier to recommend the most interesting things you’re reading and watching in Pocket to others.

We think you’ll love what’s new – open the link below on your iPhone to begin playing around with these new features before we unveil them to the public.

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The installation is painless. Just browse to a website and accept the certificate. All well explained.

After the login I was presented the familiar but slightly changed list of articles, images and videos. When the update is released I think some might not even notice the new recommendations feature until some weeks of usage. Below a picture of current (left) and beta (right) version.

The navigation is moved from the top to the bottom. Some little changes to the icons (like the hamburger menu).

In the article view the favourite is moved to the ellipsis/menu and replaced by the hart/recommend button. Tapping this will open the Recommend dialog. A comment input and extra sharing options are offered. The recommendation is added to my profile and visible in my recommendations.

To build this network Pocket uses my other social accounts (twitter and Facebook) When someone I follow/friend signs up I’ll be notified to follow that person on Pocket.

I think that the way Pocket is introducing the social network thing is great. Now I don’t have to scavenge my twitter feed for interesting reads. Like the tip from Scott:

Find your aggregation site. Find your Scoble.

About erictummers

My work as a recruited developer changes almost every month. I like challenges and sharing the solutions with others. On my blog I’ll mostly post about my work, but expect an occasional home project, productivity tip and tooling review.
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