How bookmarking systems quickly go exponential on me.

by Joe Archive on May 5, 2010

Earlier today, I followed a link tweeted by Chris Brogan to a blog post of his that I wanted to read. But I didn’t want to read it at that exact moment – sometimes I actually do want to do some actual work – so I bookmarked it (more precisely, I clipped it to Evernote, but that’s not a critical fact in this story), just as I do when ever I have something I want to read later on the web.
The problem arising this evening is that, the article I bookmarked is full of links, so I opened the interesting ones up in tabs – now these include a bunch of pages that I either want to read later (because I don’t have infinite time right now – even if I am just babysitting a matlab job that will die if I let my laptop sleep) or that contain guides to doing things that I want to, but I’m not ready to do them right now. Either way, I want to bookmark these pages too.
So now a trend is forming – the same one that quickly makes a mockery of every bookmarking scheme I try to use – even if I delete the original article from my list of bookmarks, there are now several more than I started with – and this happens for most pages I bookmark!

How bookmarking systems quickly go exponential on me.
Earlier today, I followed a link tweeted by Chris Brogan to a blog post of his that I wanted to read. But I didn’t want to read it at that exact moment – sometimes I actually do want to do some actual work – so I bookmarked it (more precisely, I clipped it to Evernote, but that’s not a critical fact in this story), just as I do when ever I have something I want to read later on the web.
The problem arising this evening is that, the article I bookmarked is full of links, so I opened the interesting ones up in tabs – now these include a bunch of pages that I either want to read later (because I don’t have infinite time right now – even if I am just babysitting a matlab job that will die if I let my laptop sleep) or that contain guides to doing things that I want to, but I’m not ready to do them right now. Either way, I want to bookmark these pages too.
So now a trend is forming – the same one that quickly makes a mockery of every bookmarking scheme I try to use – even if I delete the original article from my list of bookmarks, there are now several more than I started with – and this happens for most pages I bookmark!

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