I have played with the thought of getting a Mac developer account for a while. Foremost to begin working on a Mac version of atsumeru, but also to push some smaller Apps I have lying around as far as it makes sense to publish them. Thanks to Apple merging the iOS and OS X development programmes I suddenly found myself being able to also offer OS X Apps.
One of those Apps is “Never Read”, which I wrote at the beginning of the year to get rid of the article backlog I tend to accumulate over time in my Pocket account. Until that time I always manually deleted articles added more than 30 days ago, except the ones archived or starred. The idea there is: If I didn’t make the time to read an article within 30 days I probably never will. The article is considered not being interesting enough for me in the first place, so I might as well get rid of it entirely.
If not for my friend @gueorgui having the same problem and looking for a solution for his “Pocket bankcruptcy”, as he charmingly called it, I probably would still do it manually. Seeing that people other than me have interest in my method of clearing the read later backlog as well, I took a couple evenings off to write Never Read to make it easier for all of us.
Should Pocket bankruptcy be a problem for you as well, I recommend considering my approach. Never Read is going to be a great help to not lie yourself out of the situation. You might think “but maybe I will read it later”, but really you won’t. It’ll be just another article you’ll never read.