I want to share with you a useful internet tool that I use on a regular basis. If you have not heard of it before, it is called Clearly (from the Evernote team). Let me show you how it works! (In case you are wondering, NO, I am not paid to write this…)
Suppose you click on a link on Facebook (or other social media), and you arrive at a website that looks something like this:
Clearly (pun intended), there are many things on the right that are not part of the article that I am going to read. (There is also an ad at the top that was not shown in the above screenshot.) The screenshot below shows how the screen is taken up by Ads or other components:
I have installed Clearly on Google Chrome, which gives me this little task lamp button near the top of my browser.
All I have to do is click on the Clearly button, and watch the magic! This is what I see at the click of the button:
Now, I can read the article without any distraction and I am able to enjoy the content a lot more! If you are already an Evernote user, you can also make use of the toolbar on the right to clip the article to your Evernote. You can even customize how you want Clearly to display the cleaned up article. How amazing is that!
Understandably, many blogs or news websites etc. need advertisements to keep them running, so Evernote Clearly is a nice and simple tool that cleans up a website for more enjoyable reading. When you want to revert to the original website, all you need to do is to click on the “back” arrow on the Clearly toolbar or simply hit “Esc”.
Try it out for yourself and let me know how you like it!