Glasp lets you highlight all kinds of web articles on the spot. It does not use a reader view which allows it to preserve the original article’s formatting. In addition, you can also highlight PDF files from the web and YouTube transcripts.
Glasp combines aspects from social media apps and highlighter apps, giving it a community-focused experience. All highlights and notes are public, which encourages users to share what they learn and in turn, gain insights from like-minded people.
Glasp is a “social web highlighter” for the desktop. This means that your highlights and notes in a web article will be available for public viewing by everyone who comes across your profile page or if they stumble upon the article you highlighted in their feed.
For example, you can denote yellow for highlights that spark an idea, red for disagreement, green for confusing concepts, and blue for important points.
Glasp lets you import highlights and notes from Kindle. This process involves importing either all highlights or a selected book from the Notes & Highlights on Kindle Cloud Reader.
Matter, on the other hand, calls itself the “one place for all your reading” for mobile devices. It is both a read-it-later and reader app that is designed to be a private reading experience.
For exporting, Glasp allows you to export highlights and notes from individual web content or as a batch. You have the option to export in the following file formats: .txt, .csv, .html, .md, and .png.
An exclusive feature in Glasp is the ability to pile-on highlights. This is when your follower highlights through the web content that you also read and highlight. You will receive a notification in your Glasp feed whenever someone pile-ons your highlights.
Since the app is focused on the reading experience, you are only limited to highlighting web articles, Twitter threads, and newsletters. If you prefer to listen to the web articles, Matter allows you to highlight audio as well.
Glasp is available on the Chrome Web Store and the App Store as a desktop extension. It supports the following browsers: Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, Brave, Opera, and Vivaldi.
Glasp vs. Matter: Which Highlighter App Should You Use?
Matter also has the option to sync your highlights and notes directly to the following apps: Roam, Obsidian, Notion, and Readwise.
In a content management workflow, Glasp is the temporary area between content discovery and permanent place.
If you prefer a social component to your highlighting experience, allowing you to share insights with others, Glasp is a great option.
it has Pocket and Instapaper integration that allows you to import your library, including tags and folders.
This is an intended feature as it helps users share their insights from other learners, though some people may not like it and prefer their highlights and notes to be private.
Matter originally allows you to share your highlights and notes, implementing a similar social aspect to Glasp. However, they have moved away from this feature, putting all highlights and notes in private.
Matter has the functionality of a read-it-later app, allowing you to save articles using the mobile app or the browser extension.
The mobile app also lets you switch between text and audio, allowing you to listen to the articles that you have saved.
Audio Queueing is also an option that lets you listen to your saved content as a playlist.
Toughts & Comments
Thank you Nic for writing this!
Glasp vs Matter, which one is better
현재로선 glasp을 mobile device에서 추가할 방법 없음. damn
같은 Read-later 서비스이지만, 비전이 다른 사례