I’ve been an Instapaper subscriber since forever (I tried Pocket back when it was Read It Later but didn’t really like it) but this may well make me switch. Instapaper hasn’t run quite as well since Marco Arment sold it (and it was then sold again), so an open source option looks mighty appealing.
The only thing keeping me with Instapaper, personally, would be the Kindle digest option, as that’s how I primarily consume my reading list nowadays.
edit: Oh, actually, it looks like Calibre supports Pocket. I already have a cronjob set up that runs a set of Calibre scripts nightly, so that could work.
This is really a shame. Mozilla invests tons of money in a company producing closed source software while there’s this free software alternative that has been well established against that quasi monopoly. They should support Wallabag instead of Pocket… sometimes I just don’t understand the Foundation’s decisions… (and i know they need money, but this seems like a decision contrary to their principles)…
Pocket has a business model and larger audience. If they adopted Wallabag then they would be competing with Pocket, through acquisition they also get rid of their largest competitor. C'est la vie.
I too wish they supported OSS like Wallabag, but I likewise wish more OSS products had robust business models.
Presumably Pocket will become licensed as Open Source?
I do agree with you here, though.
(I have nothing to do with any of this, even though I work at Mozilla)
Super cool! :)
Yes, that’s why I created an account yesterday and transitioned many of my open tabs into it.
The Mozilla foundation is about OSS. Pocket will become OSS. Mark my words.
“Mozilla invests tons of money” – I haven’t seen any reports of how much Mozilla spent on the acquisition. The numbers may have worked out to be something reasonable for Mozilla, on a per-user basis. It really depends on the company’s trajectory and the investors' view of the company.
Acquiring a service that has lots of users and some penetration on mobile devices might not be a bad investment. I guess we’ll know in a few years.
A good way of describing Mozilla is “principled but pragmatic”. Basically, be principled, but not to such a degree that you shoot yourself in the foot in the process. A textbook example of this was the decision to adopt EME.
I’m not very familiar with either Pocket or Wallabag, but I’d guess Pocket has better market penetration and recommendation algorithms which would support existing Mozilla initiatives like context graph.
Those deckchairs aren’t going to rearrange themselves!
This is totally unexpected, but really great news. I’m curious to see what will happen in the next few months. I personally trust Mozilla more than any other organization.