Online Toolbox: Don't Have Time To Read It All On-Line? Use Read-it-Later!

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Real Estate Agent with International Properties and Investments LLC

I love to browse the web and I do a ton of research on the web for business, spying on my competition, learning more about all the subjects I coach in, finding great homeschool sites, curriculums, lapbooks, teaching ideas, unit studies and of course keeping up with politics and my church stuff. The internet is a fascinating library that you can get lost in very quickly.

Have you ever started your day with a link to one interesting article but then in that article there is a link to another article and so it goes on and on and soon you look up at the clock and wonder where your day has gone?

It takes a lot of discipline for those of us who love to read and learn to know when to shut it off! If I had my way, I would just be in learning mode all the time since that is what I love to do. But I still have bills to pay, kids to teach and people to help and that is my focus and my passion.

So what I used to do is just keep opening new tabs in Firefox. Pretty soon I would have 12 to 20 tabs open at the same time right below my tool bar. I would get ideas for posts and then say to myself that I would bookmark them before I turn off my computer. But then I forget to go and look at my bookmarks. I also forget how I filed a certain bookmark.

Well, I found the solution! What a great online tool to add to your online tool box!

It is called Read-It-Later! It is simple, easy to use and I know how to use it. It is a Firefox add on. It also works on Chrome and Safari.  There is also an Iphone app for it.

Just go to Firefox add-ons and type in Read-it-later and download it. Or you can direct to the Read It Later website to download it here.

You will have to restart Firefox once you download Read-It-Later. ( ooh, I love this Mac! Screen shots in one click, add arrows in one click!)

read it later add on

Then look up in your toolbar in your address bar and you will see a little blank check mark. When you get to a page that you want to read later, then just click the check mark. It will then save that page in a read it later area off to the right of your address bar. It looks like a little brown book with a gold book mark.

When you want to read your read it later articles just click on the brown book which will bring a drop down menu of all the articles you want to read later. After you read one, you just click the little check mark again and it will mark it read.

They also have an offline version of read it later so if you want to read your articles in an area where you don't have an internet connection you can. While you are online just click the brown book and then click on read offline.

read it later add on

You will be led through a couple of steps and then you are good to go. When you are offline just go into your Firefox browser and click on offline. You will then be able to read your articles that are stored in read it later offline.

This is a huge time saver for me and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and the other 2 million users that are enjoying Read it later.

In case you missed my series on What's In Your Active Rain Tool Box and more, here are the links:

What's In Your Marketing Tool Box? Part 1- The Overview

What Is In Your Active Rain Tool Box -Part 2- Active Rain Tools

What's In Your Active Rain Tool Box? Part 3- How Much Does It All Cost? 

 

FTC Disclosure: I am not an employee of Read it later, I am not an affiliate of Read it later. I do not make any money explaining how I use Read it later. I may get a thank you from the company. I may get more subscribers to my blog because of sharing great information I find on the internet. Read it later is  a free add on however since I don't know any of their marketing plan I do not know nor can not know if they ever plan to monetize their tool. I am only sharing my experience with this tool.

 

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Rainmaker
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Tonda & Steve Hoagland
Keller Williams Realty - Greenwood, IN
Real Estate - Greenwood Homes for Sale - Central Indiana

Thanks for sharing a handy tool.  Just last night Steve was complaining about all of my open windows when he had to use my laptop for a few mintues.  He'll appreciate this!

Oct 24, 2009 02:20 PM #37
Rainer
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Brian Birkel
Deeb Realty - Bellevue, NE

So many great ideas out there. Thanks for sharing.  Now if everyone could stop writing new content so we can all catch up :)

Oct 24, 2009 04:17 PM #38
Rainmaker
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Vickie Nagy
Vickie Nagy, Broker Associate Realty ONE Group BMC Associates | BRE#01363932 - San Ramon, CA
Broker for San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton

What a great find! Thanks for sharing with us. I think there are more and more GREAT reasons to use Firefox.

Oct 24, 2009 06:08 PM #39
Rainer
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Dan Quinn
Prudential PenFed Realty - Silver Spring, MD
Dan Quinn

Thanks Katarina!  I love to read and find myself lost in my articles on the net and then wondering where the time has gone!  I'll try it out.

Oct 24, 2009 06:48 PM #40
Rainmaker
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Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

Thanks for the information. The full disclosure was a nice touch.

Oct 24, 2009 08:57 PM #41
Rainmaker
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Mike Henderson
Your complete source for buying HUD homes - Littleton, CO
HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848

Great post ... I think ... I'll read it later.  Love your disclosure on the bottom.  Yes the heavy hand of government at work.

Oct 24, 2009 09:06 PM #42
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Nestor & Katerina Gasset
International Properties and Investments LLC - Wellington, FL
Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale

Brad- My Gosh, since we switched to the mac world I will tell you it has been one amazing and pleasantly fun adventure to say the least. As I was adding on some web apps I came across some great Firefox and Safari add ons. Some I try and they are like, so what, others like, read it later, are like, wow, this is for me! It is turning out very well for me using read it later. I like Rebecca's idea of taking the off line version on a plane ride, a great place to catch up on reading if you don't get motion sickness from reading on a plane. Katerina

Oct 24, 2009 09:40 PM #43
Rainmaker
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Don Anthony
Don Anthony Realty ~ www.DonAnthonyRealty.com - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte & Triangle NC For Sale By Owner Agent & Discount Realtor

Sounds like its an interesting tool.  I'll have to check it out!  Thanks for sharing!

Charlotte Flat Fee MLS Listing Don Anthony Realty

Oct 24, 2009 09:54 PM #44
Rainmaker
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Jirius Isaac
Isaac Real Estate &TriStar Mortgage - Kenmore, WA
Real Estate & loans in Kenmore, WA

The tool box will just get too full!

Oct 24, 2009 11:44 PM #45
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Nestor & Katerina Gasset
International Properties and Investments LLC - Wellington, FL
Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale

Jirius- I got your email. I had a heck of a weekend, I don't want you to think I did not get it or I intentionally did not respond. Got one of those emergency short sale acceptance things going on.... will catch up once it gets worked out. Katerina

Oct 25, 2009 12:19 AM #46
Rainmaker
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Alexander- Slocum
RE/MAX equity group - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
REMAX Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate

Hello Katerina, now this is one slick tool.  I also have tons of tabs on my Firefox browser but don't want to permanently bookmark many sites.  This wil be much more efficient - Thanks!  John 

Oct 25, 2009 10:23 AM #47
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Nestor & Katerina Gasset
International Properties and Investments LLC - Wellington, FL
Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale

Thanks everyone again for your comments! I am glad I can bring you tools when I find them after I use them to make sure they are worth telling you about. Take care and enjoy the rest of your Sunday and then have a fabulous week. Katerina

Oct 25, 2009 04:32 PM #48
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Mark Velasco
Realty Source, Inc (Luxury Homes Division) - Whittier, CA
Friendly Hills Homes for Sale - Whittier, Ca. Real Estate - Listings

Thanks Nestor for yet another great way to help the rest of us out. Keep up the great work.

Oct 26, 2009 02:31 AM #49
Rainer
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Beverly of Bev & Bob Meaux
Keller Williams Suburban Realty - West Orange, NJ
Where Buying & Selling Works

Okay, good tip and very timely for me. I use firefox sometimes just because when I open it up, it loads all of my last pages I had opened. I've been using this logic to keep things I want to read later on top of the screen as a reminder. I'll download this tool now and give it a whirl.

 

Enjoy your day.

Oct 26, 2009 11:08 AM #50
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Todd Clark
Keller Williams Realty - Beaverton, OR
Broker - Beaverton, Oregon Real Estate Expert - (503) 524-9494

What a great tool and this would have been real handy before my flight to Florida. But, there times in the car when I don't have internet that it would certainly be a great thing to have.

 Todd Clark - www.LivingBeaverton.com

Oct 26, 2009 05:32 PM #51
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Earleene Woods
Keller Williams Experience Realty - Murray, KY
ASP, CRS, GRI
Thanks! This sound like a great tool! Welcome to the Mac world! Been an avid fan for somewhere around 15 years.
Oct 27, 2009 06:14 AM #52
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Nestor & Katerina Gasset
International Properties and Investments LLC - Wellington, FL
Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale

Bev and Bob- That is what I used to do too. Firefox lets you save the last tabs opened so that is how I used to save all that I wanted to read but that got overwhelming. Read it later makes it so much easier for me. Enjoy.

Earleene- I love the Mac world! I have been practically living at the apple store. Just got the brand new 27' dual processor, mega HD and LED screen imac. It rocks!

Oct 27, 2009 09:54 AM #53
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Cindy Rester
Realty Executives SE LA - Mandeville, LA
Realtor

Thanks for sharing - This is a GREAT Tool!

Oct 27, 2009 10:26 AM #54
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Brian Birkel
Deeb Realty - Bellevue, NE

I have been using this tool for the past couple days after reading your blog.  It is so helpful.  Before I would save an article in my favorites and intend to go back to it later and of course it gets mixed in with everthing and lost.

Now its just a to read file and I get rid of them when I'm done.

Thanks

Oct 28, 2009 09:12 AM #55
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Ken Bryant
Action Real Estate Group - Diamond Bar, CA

I've been using this tool for a little more than a year now...
It's great!

Thanks for sharing

Oct 01, 2010 12:10 AM #56
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