(UPDATE, Apr. 20, 2005: Furl and Del.icio.us: Almost Perfect Together)
I’ve reluctantly come to the conclusion that my current approach to providing lists of interesting links (via “grab bag” articles) is not sustainable. I’m forever behind. I’m serious. In archive, my CONTENTIOUS-to-do category was up to nearly 225 items!
Also, while it helped simplify presentation to group items into topical lists, that approach also has disadvantages namely, I could only assign categories to the list as a whole, not to specific items in the list.
My goal with my grab bags has always been to enable my clients and readers to learn from my never-ending learning process. However, it simply takes too much time to write a blurb on every item I discover that’s worth sharing. If I fall too far behind in noting useful items, some of them lose the value of timeliness.
So here’s my solution: del.icio.us an amazingly useful online tool I’ve long overlooked…
WHAT IS DEL.ICIO.US?
Here’s how del.icio.us defines itself: “[This tool is] a social bookmarks manager. It allows you to easily add sites you like to your personal collection of links, to categorize those sites with keywords, and to share your collection not only between your own browsers and machines, but also with others.”
In addition, you can add some rudimentary notes for each item. That function is a bit limited, but it’s still useful enough to suffice as my new mega-grab-bag.
(What’s a feed?)
Items are listed in the order added. Right now I’m working through my considerable backlog. But I should catch up in a couple of weeks, I think.
I will still maintain a Furl archive of all the items I mention in CONTENTIOUS, since del.icio.us does not store a copy of bookmarked pages. But if you want to follow what I’ve been reading and doing online, check out my del.icio.us page.
I plan to offer occasional updates in CONTENTIOUS of new additions to my del.icio.us page. However, that will probably consist of a short item about the best item in a particular category, followed by a link to the del.icio.us page with the rest of the items in that category. Or something like that. I’m still working out that part.
Anyway, I just wanted to give you a heads-up about this change. I know many of you are very fond of my grab-bag articles. I wanted to continue to offer you that value I just needed to make the process more sustainable and flexible.
Let me know what you think!