When I looked at the link John Gruber posted to the new Bluetooth 4.0 tagging system called Tile I was surprised to see a lack of support for Android in the FAQ.
Tile looks awesome and it is a shame that Android phones can’t use such a great new technology, but this is part of the problem of fragmentation as a whole; the platform on which said fragmentation occurs is technically irrelevant. Even if Android itself supported Bluetooth 4.0, that would not equate to a realistic support in devices. If I was an Android OEM, I’d be rushing to put out the exclusive Android phone that supported technology like Tile, maybe even partner with the company.
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.