March 03, 2005

Automatic filing with

Very often, I find an interesting article that I don't have the time to read just now and I want to make sure I won't forget to read it some time later.  To achieve this, I have created a tag read_later in my bookmarks.  Whenever I find such an article, I now file with this tag in my bookmarks and when I find myself with a few minutes on my hand, I can just click on my read_later tag and pick an article I haven't read yet (and remove it from there when I'm done).

To speed up this process, I have created this bookmarklet which allows me to file the current Web page in the read_later category in one click (well, two, you still need to save it, but I like this because it gives me a chance to add tags before I file the page).

Just drag and drop the link in your toolbar, edit it to replace YOUR_LOGIN_HERE with your login and you're ready to go.


Posted by cedric at March 3, 2005 12:21 PM

If you've got a PDA, then you can write a script to download your read_later pages to your PDA each night. That's what I do - works great.

Posted by: Jonathan Aquino at March 3, 2005 08:24 PM

Good hint, Cedric.
Now we have a global and interesting 'to-read list'

Posted by: Filippo at March 3, 2005 11:00 PM

I've published a php server script that automatically forwards to the next read_later page....

Posted by: Filippo at March 4, 2005 02:15 AM

Thanks, Cedric! Make it as a pop up would be even better, as u don't have to wait for it to connect and save.

Posted by: Chris at March 4, 2005 08:15 AM

Nice idea, and one that I think I'll steal for my browser. I've a couple comments, though:

From my experience, the most common tag for indicating that you want to read something later is 'toread'. Not that it really matters, since it's a tag that's pretty much exclusively for your personal use, but it makes for a more common glocal to-read list.

I like the script to go to the top item from the list. I do a similar thing with firefox's live bookmarks. I have a live bookmark subscribed to the RSS feed for my toread tag, so I get an up-to-date list of reading material straight from my browser UI.

Posted by: Phil! Gregory at March 4, 2005 10:10 AM

That is a great idea indeed. I might implement something like it in a context menu in my HuntAndGather extension for Firefox...

(you can get the 0.4 version from )

Posted by: B. Rintoul at March 4, 2005 01:48 PM

Sidenote, I've seen "revisit" and "system:unfiled" used as tags for this as well.

Posted by: Joseph at March 4, 2005 02:35 PM

If you find that extra click to save the bookmark too much, check out this (, a PHP-javascript combo which cuts out the extra effort!

Posted by: Peter Parkes at March 5, 2005 09:44 AM

It seems like I went to a whole lot of unnecessary effort - see my latest post ( for a much simpler 'one click' solution.

Posted by: Peter Parkes at March 9, 2005 06:11 AM

I just borrowed your bookmarklet and tried it out. Works great! Thanks. Now I just need that download to PDA script that Jonathan mentions.

Posted by: Sirius Kase at March 30, 2005 02:05 PM

You need to replace the "escape" function with "encodeURIComponent" so that it works in foreign languages, like Japanese.

Like this:

Posted by: piyo at April 1, 2005 08:15 AM

I use the experimental bookmarklets to add links. this is your bookmarklet experimental-style:

Posted by: mardoen at April 9, 2005 07:37 AM

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Posted by: PC at May 9, 2005 08:50 AM

Very helpful. Thank you.

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