Fortunately, many learners have discovered Glasp to be a helpful tool. We get a lot of feedback from learners, which helps us improve Glasp. We spoke with Puppy Tsai, an associate product manager, and an avid newsletter reader, for this interview. We found her use case and insights illuminating. We hope they will be useful for other learners, product managers, and newsletter readers. Let’s look at her reading process and how she manages her workflow using Glasp.
What you will learn in this article
- Use Case of Glasp
- Before Glasp - Problems
- LinkedIn Post
Puppy currently lives in New York, USA. She is an associate product manager. She found Glasp on LinkedIn and started using it two months ago. She reads a lot of newsletters about product management, learning, and life lessons. As a result, her Glasp page contains highlights from sources like Substack, LinkedIn, FS Blog, Ness Labs, and James Clear.
• Glasp (Highlight & Note-taking + Future References)
• LinkedIn (Discover Content + Post)
• Refind (content discovery)
Use case of Glasp
Glasp: Thank you for taking the time and allowing us to talk! We’re excited to hear feedback from you. First of all, could you tell us how you use Glasp?
Puppy: Sure. I’m an avid reader of product management and learning content, so I read a lot every day. When I’m reading newsletters and web articles, I highlight important sentences, leave my notes, and add tags to the articles. Glasp allows me to highlight important parts directly on the original content and leave notes from the sidebar, so it doesn’t disturb my reading experience at all. I don’t come back to My Highlights page often, but I feel safe because my reading articles, highlights, and notes are there.
Glad to hear that. We see you’re reading a lot of good content, but how do you discover content to read?
I used to find content on LinkedIn. I searched for some words and followed thought leaders in product management. But I started using Refind and subscribing newsletters on Substack. They are the primary source for me to get good reading lists. Refind sends me five to ten curated good content in the newsletter every day, so I open it and choose what to read. And Substack is a good way to get insights from writers directly. Even if I don’t search, there is a lot of content to read in my inbox.
Also, once a week, I look into the Glasp Explore page and filter by topics. It’s interesting to see what content other learners are reading. I could find serendipitous content there.
Thanks for using Glasp. We use Refind, too. But don’t you use Twitter? We think many people use it to find content to read.
I used to use Twitter, but I prefer long-form content. Twitter has threads, but it’s not easy to search for good threads and look back at them again. And short-form content wouldn’t be good for me because I read them as tips or just non-organized information. This information is a sugar rush, so it’d be helpful for the short term, not in the long run. On the other hand, on long-form content, I can read and understand the background of content, see writers’ insights, and organize them logically which helps me apply it to my work.
That’s really good! And we feel empathy with you. What would you do after you discover this content to read?
I open and scan them. If I think it’s worth reading, I keep tabs being opened and read carefully. While I am reading, I highlight and take notes from the sidebar on Glasp. And Refind has a bookmarking feature, so if I want to read it later, I bookmark it on Refind.
Also, I post what I read and learned on LinkedIn every day, so after I read articles, I output my organized knowledge on LinkedIn posts.
Before Glasp - Problems
That’s a really great habit! What did you use before Glasp?
Before Glasp, I used to use Instapaper. I open Refind and newsletters on mobile and save them on Instapaper. As I prefer to read long-form content, I read them on the desktop. Instapaper is not good for the desktop. Then, I started using Notion to take notes and clip web content. I open the browser for articles and Notion to take notes on two monitors. But I didn’t like this flow because it was inefficient, and I couldn’t organize them easily. So, I use Instapaper less and less.
I see. We don’t read articles on mobile, so we feel the same. Glasp has a feature to export all highlights and notes into Notion with one click. Do you use it?
I take notes and leave my thoughts on Glasp now, so I don’t use it. If I come back to my profile page on Glasp, I can see all, so I don’t feel I need to organize them on Notion, too. And I used to take notes on Notion, but not now. So, it’s mostly only web-clipped information. I haven’t tried the one-click export feature but I’m planning to do so after I organize my Notion.
Also, I’m picky about what content to save, and I’d like to keep the Notion space very well with high-quality content. Glasp is better to store them before putting them.
That makes sense. By the way, we see you posting on LinkedIn continuously. What and why do you post on LinkedIn?
Thank you for looking at it! I first started #30DaysofPup to do 30-day challenges on a theme with one post a day. It has been a fun way for me to stay out of my comfort zone. Then, I decided to transition from data to product management, so I decided to do #365DaysofProduct and post about product management and learnings daily for 365 days.
Oh, so are you posting 365 days in a row? That’s amazing! How many days have you shared a post so far?
At this point, it’s 240 days. So, it’s around 2/3. Every day, I receive comments from people who study product management and feel empathy for learning, it motivates me to continue doing that. And I know some people who do continuous posts on LinkedIn, so I’d like to keep doing with them.
And I am a person who is motivated by my post streak and history, so even when I don't feel like posting, I look at my past posts on LinkedIn and keep myself doing. In that sense, Glasp's GitHub-style board is nice. I can look at my board and count how many days have passed since I started using Glasp.
Thank you! But what made you start posting on LinkedIn? And the motivation has changed?
I started it during the pandemic because I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself. At first, I didn’t have any engagement, but I just kept doing it because I believe it’s important to stay consistent when it comes to withstanding the discomfort of learning and growing. Then, I started to interact and connect with more and more interesting people, which motivates me to continue.
As time went by, the motivation was generally the same but started to shift more heavily to sharing my learning and building my personal and professional presence on the Internet. I’m still unsure about it, but I’m sure I’d continue posting on LinkedIn!
We agree that by sharing things you learned, you can connect with like-minds, and it’s a natural desire of people. We hope that everyone does the same as well, and Glasp is a tool to promote it. Do you have anything to say to other learners?
By sharing what you learn on social media, you can connect and interact with people and increase your credibility. People give you feedback. And it’s a fun experience to see people reading and learning from your post. And then, they will provide you with feedback and insights, and you will learn from them. It’s a great loop. To start doing it, you need to continue reading, collecting ideas, and expressing them in your own words. I hope there will be more learners joining Glasp to enhance the positive learning cycle together!
That’s good feedback! Thank you for sharing your feedback and insights. Let us know if you have any other feedback and suggestions!
Sure! It’s my pleasure!
In this interview, Puppy describes her reading and posting flow. We understand that her workflow is unique among Glasp users, and it’s helpful for other learners on Glasp. We were pleased to hear that Glasp helps contribute to her increased productivity. We hope other learners who read her interview can benefit from her perspective and practical insights into her workflow. Please let us know if you have any requests for new features or suggestions. We always appreciate hearing from our Glasp community!
More about Puppy
- Glasp: https://glasp.co/#/puppy
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pupt/
- Website: https://linktr.ee/puppytsai
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