How to Send Pocket Items to Pinboard

I’ve used Pinboard as my “catch-all” on the Internet for some time now. It collects links I tweet, blog posts, and things I save to Instapaper. With a pro account, I know I can always see these pages, even if the originals go away.

(I view Pinboard as my personal weapon against link rot.)

Recently, I’ve been playing with Pocket, as research for a review pitting it against the king when it comes to reading later.

One big draw back to Pocket was that I couldn’t figure out how to get it to send things to Pinboard automatically. Turns out, the service can do it, as long as you do a couple of things.

  1. Visit the Privacy page under the Options section of the Pocket site and turn off RSS Feed password protection.
  2. In Piboard, add your account name under the “Read it Later” section on the Settings page.
  3. Wait for the services to do their thing.

I like Instapaper, and I like Marco. Plus, I know how Instapaper makes money. Pocket doesn’t seem to have a business plan. All in all, while I don’t think I’ll be switching to Pocket, it’s nice to know Pocket can sling stuff to Pinboard for me without any fancy scripting or ifttt magic.