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Personal Information (mis)Management

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

I think I’m finished. A combination of technologies have increased my ability to access multiple channels of information and effectively brought my productivity DOWN in the process. I’ve got RSS streams for every kind of data imaginable, and they all feed into my favorites bar in Firefox, where I can click on deceptively simple-looking drop-down menus to find “all the latest”, at least until I realize I’ve spent another day chasing my tail again and promise myself to do better tomorrow. Photos, audio files, design guidelines and best practices, and–here’s the clincher–ALL OF THOSE DARN NEW “WEB 2.0” SERVICES! How am I supposed to keep them straight? I’ve got media spread across who knows how many AJAX-interfaced servers… Each one gets around 21 seconds of attention before the siren song of del.icio.us/flickr/reddit/blink/furl draws me toward its ever-receeding flame of promised reward.

OK, OK, so it isn’t quite that bad, but I have definitely noticed an increasing breadth to the type and amount of web-based applications that are available. Working the good ones into my workflow takes considerable effort, and discovering which ones are any good is an increasingly daunting task.


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