Very soon after I started using bookmarks back at the dawn of time (ca. 1995) I found them too tedious to be worth the trouble. I spent lots of time categorizing them, but very little time actually using them. It took me a little while using a blog to realize that my blog is the answer that eluded me with bookmarks. I use my blog mostly as an extended outboard memory. It helps me refine what I think about a site, add some notes, and then store it in a searchable zone where I can easily find it again. I’ve made use of this site retrieval aspect of blogging again and again. Blogging is what bookmarking should have been.
Most of the time.
But there are still plenty of interesting sites that don’t warrant even a paragraph. There aren’t enough hours in the day to make blogworthy notes about bookmarkworthy sites. Some sort of bookmarkish approach is still needed. But what? A recent NY Times article discussed this topic: What’s Next: Now Where Was I? New Ways to Revisit Web Sites. Recently, though, I’ve become enamored with del.icio.us, the social bookmarking service with the absurd name. I resisted for a long time solely because of the ridiculous name, but eventually peer pressure got the better of me. Don’t make the same mistake I did. Hold your nose and dive right in. It’s a very good service, and one that benefits much from its community-oriented aspect. What is Clay Shirky bookmarking? This: http://del.icio.us/cshirky. What does Jon Udell have to say about Bloglines? http://del.icio.us/judell/bloglines. And finally, this is me: http://del.icio.us/gulley