I wrote last year in a column that our technology picks are simply matters of personal preference. Because someone chooses Android and another chooses the iPhone isn’t a big deal, and it’s certainly not something worth arguing about. The fact that I’m not switching to Android or any other platform isn’t a big deal.
I generally read every Ben Bajarin article I could get my hands on because he is so thoughtful and laid back in his opinions. Moltz agrees that Bajarin is “one of the good ones”. Finding a person who is opinionated but not militaristic is a breath of fresh air in the current technological landscape and that is unfortunate.
In this article, Bajarin’s ability to make a logical argument against the previous discussions and redefine the conversation to that of smartphone maturity is uncanny. I consider myself a mature smartphone user and I have tried every platform I can, but in looking back on what drew me to each platform over the years, I am reminded that I came back to iOS because it “just worked” every time. In other words, less worry, more productivity.
However, in Bajarin’s words: “The fact that I’m not switching to Android or any other platform isn’t a big deal.” Or, at least, it shouldn’t be.
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.