Discussion: What functionality would you love added to Pocket the most? (March 10th, 2019)
This is an exact copy of a letter I sent to Pocket today:
I love Pocket, especially on Firefox, iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire, but I'll wait until I renew my monthly subscription for $4.99 per month. There's so much room for improvement and I have lots of faith in the active development of Pocket, especially on Firefox for Desktop! Just this morning at church, I've thought of many, many ways it can be improved for everybody.
(a) Payment methods. -- I'd love to be able to store up to five credit/debit cards, one PayPal account, one Amazon Pay account, and one Google Pay account on my Pocket Premium account so I can easily choose which payment method I want to renew my Pocket Premium subscription with, after Pocket improves its security all around.
(b) Editing titles. -- I don't like it that I can't edit titles of pages I've saved in Pocket.
(c) Tag character limit. -- I find the limit of 25 characters in tags too restrictive. I think a limit of 50 characters is much better, especially since I use tags like "active development of firefox", "exploring dc, maryland, and virginia", and "newer device in 2020 or 2021".
(d) Pocket on game consoles. -- I'd love the Pocket app to be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch so I can read articles from the comfort of my couch.
(e) Linking Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo!, and AOL. -- I don't like it that I can only link my Facebook and Twitter accounts on a mobile app for Pocket and not through Firefox, and I'd love Yahoo! and AOL account integration on my Pocket account, along with sign-in to Pocket for all four of those platforms in addition to signing in with Firefox on my laptop.
(f) Stacking subscriptions. -- I'd love to add time on my Pocket Premium subscription well in advance of when it needs to be renewed, up to a limit of five years after today just like I can with my Office 365 Personal subscription, which will auto-renew on 3/9/2024 with my PayPal account. I really love being able to "set it and forget it" when it comes to auto-renewals for my subscription-based programs and apps on my Dell Inspiron and iPhone.
(g) Firefox integration. -- I'd love better Firefox integration with Pocket. For example, it would be great if I could view my Pocket list with the same great user interface on the Pocket website in my Firefox bookmarks library alongside the bookmarks menu, toolbar, and other bookmarks, with the Pocket list being separate from my Firefox bookmarks in those three other categories. In other words, I don't like having to go to getpocket.com to see my Pocket list in Firefox. I want more than one way to get to my Pocket list in Firefox.
(h) Grouping articles. -- Similarly like Firefox container tabs, I'd love to group my Pocket list with categories like shopping, banking, news, personal, traveling, and plenty more. I love the suggested tags feature, but it certainly doesn't do everything I need it to on a daily basis, especially not on the iOS, Android and Kindle Fire mobile app for Pocket.
(i) Profile picture. -- I don't like it that I can't change my Pocket profile picture in Firefox. I disconnected my Google account from Pocket and then immediately added it back. The profile picture matches my Google account on the iOS app, but still shows the old Google account profile picture when I use Pocket in Firefox on my Dell Inspiron on Windows 10.
(j) Duplicate pages. -- I don't like it that there's no notification if I'm about to add a page which is exactly the same as one I've already added in terms of the URL. It would certainly be great to have this as an option I can turn on and off in the Settings page in a browser.
(k) Sorting pages. -- I don't like it that I can't sort pages I've saved to Pocket by name like I can with Firefox bookmarks. I also don't like it that I can't auto-sort pages by name like a Firefox add-on called "Sort Bookmarks" does for me, with folders before loose pages.
(l) Page count. -- I like it that I have the option to show how many pages I have in Pocket on my iOS app in the app's badge count icon, but not in Firefox. Why not on all devices?
(m) Public lists. -- I'd love to be able to make my list public as an option with a simple link I can copy and paste into an email. There's nothing I need private from others on my Pocket list. It's just a listing of websites like The Washington Post I always love to read.
(n) Errors with some webpages. -- Sometimes, Pocket saves the mobile version instead of the desktop version of websites when I click "Save to Pocket" in Firefox on my Inspiron. I never want the mobile version of webpages on my Pocket list. It would be great if I could tell Pocket to always save the desktop version of whatever I want saved to my Pocket list.
(o) Internet Archive integration. -- It would be great if Pocket included a button that lets me save a webpage to the Internet Archive, often called the "Wayback Machine", just by clicking or tapping on it. I wouldn't mind if this feature was exclusive to Pocket Premium.
(p) Two-factor authentication. -- Just like Firefox, I'd love to get two-factor login codes for my Pocket account either by email or authenticator app like Microsoft Authenticator.
I just gave you sixteen ways I'd love Pocket Premium very much can be improved for all. I'll pass on the pro-rated refund when my subscription expires on April 10th, 2019, but I'll get another month of Pocket Premium for $4.99 on June 10th, 2019 and see how far the development of Pocket has come in exactly three months from the date of this letter.
Please consider at the very least one of my sixteen suggestions to improve Pocket for all.
Thomas James Seymour
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