When You’ve Always Done Something That Way…

I decided this morning that 5am is not the best time of day for anyone to change things up on me.  It’s way too early to problem solve.

But I had to this morning.

I started my regular routine, tip toeing down the hallway so that I don’t wake the dog, turn on the news on the television, and sit down to do some reading.  I was curious – Flipboard had updated itself yesterday.  What’s new?

My curating/storing routine is well documented here in the blog and I’ve shared it with others during presentations.  There’s another aspect that is not widely known because it’s probably of no interest to others but it’s a biggy to me. 

While I share stories as I read them, for the most part, there are times that I want to give one special treatment.  It might be that it’s going to inspire me to do some further research or fact checking or it’s directly related to something I’m working on or it could be a million other things.  For those stories, I’ve always tucked them away in my private Instapaper account so that I don’t lose them. 

So, it so happens that I run into such a story this morning during my reading.  Instead of the standard share to Twitter, I go to tuck it away into Instapaper.

Except the option wasn’t there.  So, I did what any rational thinking person would do at 5:06.  I tried again.  Then, I tried again only clicking on the sharing button harder.

Nothing.  What the heck? Maybe I’ll write it off to the upgrade and I need to do into the settings and add it.  How to do that?  Nothing was apparent.

Then, I realized that the sharing icons were actually on a sliding menu so I slide and found the option to add additional services.

I was quite surprised to see that that Instapaper wasn’t there.  The only service of that genre would be Readability. 

I poked around for a while and, if it’s there, I’m not seeing it.  I suppose I could write an email rant of complaint or go into the support forums but I needed to do something right now.  Besides, it’s a new release – it may just not be there now or maybe there’s a reason that the service was dropped.  Who knows?  I’m just the end user.  But, I still have this document that I want to tuck away.  Hmmmm.

Can’t beat them? 

Join them. 

I’ll just create another Flipboard Magazine and make it private for my eyes only.

Just to rub it in … I’ll call it “My Instapaper”.  After all, at 5am tomorrow morning, I don’t want to go looking for a Magazine called “Stuff I would normally put into Instapaper but can’t”.

And, I’ll probably poke around Flipboard support and drop them an email letting them know that it would be a nice feature to have back.

Enough of this early morning problem solving…

2 thoughts on “When You’ve Always Done Something That Way…

  1. Good morning Doug! It appears you and I have a similar morning routine (without the dog and 5 am start)🙂. You had me worried about this update but thankfully my Instapaper-style app still works well. Have you ever tried the app called Pocket? I don’t know Instapaper well enough to know if they have similar features but it works well for me when I want to read or re-read something later. Just a thought. Thanks as always for your appreciated digital pioneering!

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