Handoff is nice, but I don’t know how much I’d ever use it in practice (this has been the case with Handoff in general for me). If you’re reading an article in Instapaper, you can quickly resume your activity on another device from the Lock screen; if you don’t have Instapaper installed on the second device, Handoff will open the article in Safari using its source URL.
-Federico Viticci, “Instapaper 6.1 Brings Redesigned Share Extension”, MacStories
This is one of those rare occasions where I disagree with Federico. Handoff is one of those features that I look for in the apps that I use and the fact that Instapaper was able to pull it off without having a stand-alone desktop application is frankly impressive. In addition, the new look of the bookmarklet and share extensions make this an instant update candidate for me.
I have been beta testing Instapaper, as I am a subscriber and signed up for their early access program, and the steady improvements that I have seen in each of these releases remind me that Marco Arment knew what he was doing when he put Instapaper in Betworks’ hands.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.