I have had a good time using tumblr over the years; I have enjoyed linking and sharing. But honestly, keeping up with a blog is hard work and there are enough voices to share what I enjoy. Tumblr has made the process basically painless, but what I recently realized is that I lack the desire to write what I really want to discuss. I would prefer instead to meet up with people over coffee and discuss it in that style instead.
Here’s the issue: when writing about technology in this day and age, you are dealing with a cutthroat industry. When I started to read about the fact that some of the more prominent writers post hundreds of links and dozens of full-length posts per week, I was reminded about just how little I care.
Now, when I choose to share something or comment on something, I will do so through other means, whether that be Facebook, Twitter, or any of the other services of which I am now a member. Once I am done with my graduate degree, I will rethink this decision.
Of course, if you are reading this, you might want to think about messaging me on Facebook or Twitter or something because we should be friends or at least acquaintances.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.