A year ago I wrote a post about blogs that I had flagged for follow-up. Since then I have flagged hundreds of more blog posts (literally hundreds – I just found the easy way to see all my flags in my RSS feed and it was overwhelming to view!), hoping to remember to go back and use them for a variety of purposes later.
I have recently heard a lot about the organizational tool Pocket, especially from my friend and colleague Barb. So I decided to give it a try.
For anyone unfamiliar, Pocket is very simple. You set up a free account. Then anytime you are online reading something you want to save, you click your “save to Pocket” button (easily installed as a Chrome extension on my browser or an app on my phone and ipad!). When you click to save, you have the opportunity to add tags. What I quickly realized is that I would have to create a useful tagging system if this was going to help me later.
Here was my thought process as I reviewed posts I had previously tagged for follow-up:
- What is the topic of this post?
- Would I want to share this with others? If so, who: teachers, coaches, leaders, friends, PLN?
- Does this post inspire a blogging idea for me?
- Does this post make me want to research a topic or read more?
- Have I commented on this post? Would I like to comment or tweet out this blog to share it with others?
- What tags (key words) will help me remember the answers to all the questions above?
So far I love the convenience of Pocket. I am still testing out my tagging system and I have not yet had a need to go back to get something specific from my saved posts. However, I am hoping that as I continue to refine my saving technique, that it will be useful to me.
- Do you use Pocket or any other online curation tool?
- How do you save things you “flag for follow-up”?
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