I’m a long-time user of Instapaper, going back to when the original creator, Marco Arment, still owned it. He sold it to a company called Betaworks a few years ago. They’ve done a good job of keeping it going without screwing up the base functionality. They’re now selling it to Pinterest though, which seemed kind of weird, but makes sense when you think about it. Pinterest is all about saving images from the internet, and Instapaper is all about saving text from the internet, so I guess the two products complement each other.
I’m hoping Pinterest continues maintaining the product without ruining it (or shutting it down). I know some people are already jumping ship, but I don’t see any reason to do that just yet. (Now if Yahoo had bought them, I’d be looking for alternatives right now…)
If they do shut down or screw up the product, I’ll probably either move to Pocket or maybe try to use Evernote for this.