I’m happy to announce that the latest update of AcceleReader for Chrome brings article filtering to Pocket.
Articles may be filtered by age or length:
- By length1, articles can be filtered as Quick Reads (<4 mins), Medium (4-8 mins) and Long Reads (>8 mins)
- By age2, the articles can be filtered as Fresh (< 1 week), Ripe (1-2 weeks), Ageing (2-4 weeks), and Old (>4 weeks)
The filtering interface is brought up by:
- clicking on the total time displayed on top left, or
- by pressing the key ‘.’ (Period).
It can be dismissed in the same manner, or by clicking anywhere on the page.
After reading-time tags for mobile, this is the second big feature I’ve been enjoying using myself, and hope other users like it as well!
Aside: Interestingly, I’ve also been noticing the bias against medium length articles since I turned this on. I filter and read the quick reads whenever I’ve got a couple of minutes – reduces the number of unread articles. And I read long reads if I’ve got a bit more time on hand – takes big chunks out of total time number. The medium reads have been getting ignored :/
Note: The filtering feature is still under development, and thus has some constraints3.
- AcceleReader converts the length of article, in words, to estimated reading time, in minutes. The reading speed assumed for this conversion is 200 words per minute. ↩
- Age is defined as least of time since added, and time since the article was last opened in pocket. ↩
– For age-based filtering to work, Trello-style ageing is required to be enabled in extension settings
– However, this impacts UX badly when filtering for Ageing or Old articles, since the fading reduces readability of their titles ↩