Apple is apparently implementing their own "Reading List" feature that current speculation says is squarely aimed at Instapaper and Read It Later. This came out of a MacRumors report on early builds of Lion, the next version of Mac OS X. VentureBeat rightly supposes there will be complimentary features on iOS devices.
As Delicious (and before them, Backflip RIP and good riddance) showed, bookmarks are significant social objects. Bookmarks are also a significant personal utility, much like an address book or calendar. I've often considered building an Instapaper or Read It Later type of app, I can't count the number of times I've found something I've wanted to read but didn't have time to read it that instance. Numerous efforts to build interesting things with bookmarks have risen and fallen (ma.gnolia.com) or stalled (sigh... xmarks, simpy). I'm convinced that the emergence of the mobile web and the native app ecosystems that play with them will create an abundance of new opportunities. But developers need to be enabled. Apple, please give us API's, not more silos!( Apr 30 2011, 09:22:48 AM PDT ) Permalink