How Refind became one of the pages I have used most in the last two months
I first wrote about Refind on June 2: I had only been testing it for a few weeks, but I thought it could bridge the gap between reading news and maintaining a database of what I find interesting, which is very important for my work and online searches. I started out very much in test mode to see how it worked, and today, just over two months later, I realized that in the most-frequently used pages tab that comes up when you open a new tab in Chrome, Refind is already in first place, above other services I frequently use such as LinkedIn or Medium.
This isn’t the most scientific metric: there are services I use constantly and simply keep open with fixed tabs and there are others I use more often but usually via my smartphone… but one way or the other, Refind is now among the pages I spend most time on over the course of the day. I still use Feedly for news, but Refind has is one of the two services I use to store anything I find interesting and which I use more and more for recommendations when I finish reading my Feedly subscriptions. The other is still Flipboard, where my magazine, Technology readings, has more than 20,000 readers.
Technology readings on Flipboard
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What do I like most about Refind? Firstly, its simplicity. A simple little button in the browser, which when pressed allows me to store the page I have open at that moment and that I can send either to my private Reading list, where it is stored and is then passed from Soon to Someday and from there to Archive; or in Profile, which is public, and where I tend to store what I write. Interestingly enough, my Profile on Refind already has around 500 subscribers who use the tool as a feed reader (obviously, that’s nothing compared to the 50,000 subscribers who subscribe to my page in Spanish on Feedly, or the 32,000 here on Medium, but taking into account the selective popularity of these types of page tracking tools and Refind’s short existence, that doesn’t seem bad to me).
The other reason I have grown to like Refind is its search function: every time I consider writing about something or preparing a topic for a class, an article or a conference, I look in Refind to see the most recent thing I have read about the topic, or even extend the search to All links to see things other users of the application have considered interesting. I share this feature with Feedly, which also has a fantastic search function as part of its premium offer, which I pay for from the start, knowing it was going to become an important tool for me.
Third, but not least, the content discovery function: Refind algorithms learn from the type of news I store in my Reading list and Profile and suggest similar links or on the same topics, that I can also refine by telling it what kind of topics I want more of or that don’t interest me. With just a few clicks, I have a content suggestion system that has has already inspired me to write in several occasions. The suggestions are also well sized, around 20 links a day, so as not to be overwhelming but still provide interesting content.
In just two months, Refind has become one of the services I use most. I still haven’t used the function that allows you to incorporate your recommendations into Chrome’s initial tab, simply because I don’t want to be distracted every time I open a tab and prefer to keep shortcuts to my most used pages there instead, but it’s almost the only thing I don’t use. I would like to have the option to make my Reading list public, but mainly because I tend not to use it as such: most of the time I store stuff in Reading list I have already read, and I could use it to share interesting news like I do on Flipboard.
In short, a great tool that after two months constant use I can highly recommend.
(En español, aquí)