A permanent library in Pocket

Hail the online Permanent Library. Now you can read even content deleted from the internet if you have already saved it on Pocket. What surprises me is the news about Pocket’s new features is completely silent on its precursor. Is public memory so short?

Pocket Premium, the newly launched paid version of Pocket, gives you access to what’s being called a Permanent Library. The Pocket blog says:

Permanent Library automatically stores a copy of the articles and web pages you save. This means the content you care about is safe and always available, even if it changes or is deleted on the Web. From the moment you upgrade to Premium, both new and existing items in your list and Archive become a permanent resource.


But Pocket Premium is not the first to keep backup copies of every item you save so you can view it at any time, even if it disappears from the Web.

I remember Furl, a social bookmarking site which used to archive complete copies of pages saved by its users so they could access them even if the original content was modified or removed, says Wikipedia.

Strangely, the stories about Pocket Premium made no mention of Furl.

Furl was bought by LookSmart in 2004. It was later acquired by Diigo and shut down in 2009, according to Wikipedia.

I just had my first look at Diigo — and liked one thing about it. You can not only save web pages with it — but also annotate them, make highlights and sticky notes.

I wish annotations could be made with Pocket too. Highlights and sticky notes could be useful when you are reading long stories.

Besides the Permanent Library, Pocket Premium has other powerful features.

“The free version only searches the URL and title of the content you save; the paid version searches within the text, and you can also search by author, tags, and keywords,” says Lifehacker.

Personally, I am happy with the free version of Pocket.

Pocket is growing fast. The company now has 12 million registered users, up from 9 million a year ago, says The Verge.

I love Pocket – and need it all the more now that I don’t have regular internet access. On the days that I do, I save all the good stuff on Pocket to read later.  That’s another good thing about Pocket. As CNET says:

With the Pocket mobile apps, you don’t even need an Internet connection to view the items you’ve saved, which makes it great for travelling.