Niall is a social media advocate and co-founder of digital marketing agency Simply Zesty. He helps small brands get their message out to the Niall is a social media advocate and co-founder of digital marketing agency Simply Zesty. He helps small brands get their message out to the world and engage with their customers using the free tools available to them.
It’s tough spending time online these days. Information flows past us so quickly and we can often end up missing the best online content. For many, bookmarking sites like Delicious were always a great way of keeping track of content that you could come back to and read at a later date but the landscape is changing and with reports of Delicious’ sale, there are now a whole host of new sites and even features within large sites that help you keep track of the best content.
This list is made up of ways in which you can save content for a later date and come back and enjoy it either on your PC, laptop or mobile device when you have a little more time. You might have to put a little work into curating some of the content yourself but with these tools you are never going to miss out on the best online content any more. Also, do make sure you check out an earlier post of ours listing a number of Delicious alternatives.
Ok, let’s get started.
1. Youtube Watch later
Most of us watch an average of 15 minutes worth of Youtube videos every single day of the year but you’ll often be sent a video in work that you want to watch that evening or on your phone. This only works on videos that are embedded into 3rd party sites using the new iFrames embed code but once you click on the button the video will be saved on your own home Youtube page to watch at a later date.
Also, don’t miss this awesomely hilarious YouTube that @Alex posted yesterday.
2. Twitter Favorites
Twitter is one place where you see an awful lot of great links but because you are on a phone or a Twitter client you just don’t have the time to open up your bookmarks and add the links there to be read at a later date which is where favorites come in very handy. If you also take in to account the fact that old tweets are very hard to find this is a great way of keeping track of the very best Twitter content. See our recent post on other great ways to utilize the Twitter Favorite button.
Really very simple tool that allows you to bookmark content very easily and read it at a later date. It’s one click of a button and the content is saved. Where this becomes really useful is that you can read the content on devices like your phone or Kindle and it does it in a smart way so as you only have the text if that is all you want. Also, did you know Instapaper just became a social network?
Not a huge amount of difference between Delicious and Diigo but more and more people seem to be using it as the uncertainty continues around Delicious. It lets you save your bookmarks in the cloud and view them from a wide range of devices at a later date.
Diigo V5: Collect and Highlight, Then Remember! from diigobuzz on Vimeo.
5. Google Bookmarks
Not as well known but it’s hardly a surprise that a company of Google’s size wouldn’t have some sort of bookmarking tool. Google Bookmarks works in a very simple way and to get started all you have to do is drag their bookmarklet in to your toolbar and away you go. It lacks social functionality but it is linked to your Google account and you can be started in seconds.
Having simple bookmarks is not what everybody wants and some of us might be looking for a more visual way of finding the great content for the future. Skloog does this by giving each site you bookmark a visual image so as it’s easy to remember how and why you saved that content.
Until you have used Evernote you won’t actually be able to understand the huge power it has and how it can help you to remember great stuff online and make you more organized. Best thing to do with this is just give it a whirl on one of the devices it is on. Evernote made our list of the best productivity apps of 2010, check it out here for other great productivity tips.
8. Linkedin Today
While i only recently launched, this new news tool from Linkedin does allow you to save all the best business stories that you see from your network to read them at a later date. More of a personalized news service that relies on your network but it is a way of finding relevant content pretty quickly and saving to your app to read while on the go.
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