Goodbye, Instapaper (and Pocket)

The news here is that Pinterest bought Instapaper. I was a Pocket user for a long time, but switched more recently to Instapaper for my offline reading. I enjoyed its app a little more, and appreciated the automatic weekly Kindle digest it would send me.

However, I have no interest in a Pinterest account, or having one of my accounts share data with its company. Also, in an effort to simplify my app usage, there’s just no need for either of these anymore. Thus, goodbye to Instapaper and Pocket.

I already pay for Pinboard, a tremendous bookmarking service. From there, I can save an article to read later where, thanks to a wonderful app economy, I can open Pinner and read via Safari reader mode. Success! Beyond that, if I do want to send to my Kindle, I’m covered there as well.

Moz is Doubling Down on Search (good and bad)

Moz made the decision to focus more so on search, including local SEO.

The good: Moz’s SEO products are top notch. The new keyword explorer has been great and made a splash in my workflows in all the ways that Moz Content did not. Also, Followerwonk is probably best handled by a specific social organization.

The bad: It’s never good to see people lose their jobs. Talented people, no doubt, so let’s hope they land on their feet soon.

Chip Card Readers are Awful

An even better take on all this chip card reader nonsense (building off of The Verge’s piece).

Most importantly, that sound has long been my issue with the chip readers from the first time I’ve used it. Who in the world thought that was a good sound to play after successfully paying for something?

More Apple Pay, and other similar options, please.