Review: Pocket app


Hands in pockets, looking sheepish – I’ve only just downloaded the Pocket app.

I’ll tell you upfront what this post is about so that you can skim and be on your merry way. It’s about Pocket.  A fairly new app – to me ­– not to the market ­– which has revolutionised my train journey. I apologise in advance for the jerkiness of this post, but I simply have to start with the Alanis Morissette lyrics:

“’cause I’ve got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is giving a high five

And later on:

“’cause I’ve got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is playing the piano

Followed by:

“’cause I’ve got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is hailing a taxi cab

Now, look at all the stuff you can do with one hand in your pocket. Well – as Alanis says –  ‘high five’ to that. With the app you can put stuff – articles, videos and posts ­– in your virtual pocket and save it for later. You can even view your stuff offline.

I like stuff.  I like to read stuff.  I hate waiting for stuff to load or download.  So this is the perfect save-it-for-later app, and 12 million other registered users agree.

So, why have I only just learnt about Pocket?!

Firstly, I’ve been living in a parallel universe where people bookmark stuff (and always forget to search for that same bookmark five minutes later).

Secondly, the parallel universe that I live in also encourages you to colourfully flag your emails, to ‘check later’ – which I almost never do.

And finally (the sensible answer) – I was put in someone’s pocket and saved for later! I checked out my blog referral stats and along with all of the usual suspects, Pocket was high up there.

So far users have saved more than 1 billion items and it’s integrated with more than 500 apps.

Let’s do a final homage to the virtual Pocket with another quote – it’s an oldie but it’s a goodie.  The late Steve Jobs announced the iPod as a Mac-compatible product with a 5 GB hard drive that put:

“1,000 songs in your pocket.”

Discounting the snotty tissue, don’t the best things come from out of your Pocket?  I think so.

Picture citation: Andreas Nilsson Tie and Pocket-Handkerchief CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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