It can be easy to write a positive review of a cool new app or gadget, but how does that product hold up over time when the newness wears off and the routine of life settles back in?
-Shawn Blanc, “Revisiting All My Past Product Reviews and Recommendations: What Stuck and What Didn’t?”
I like these types of posts, those that show that the writer thinks about the long term viability of the apps and gadgets reviewed on their site. It keeps the writer honest to their readership about their recommendations. With Shawn’s site, it is astounding the sheer number of things that he has reviewed over the years, so this is an important exercise in what is still useful, no matter what the initial verdict was. In addition, just like being wrong about a prediction, the explanations of why something that got a positive review is no longer in use are candid and appreciated. I can only guess the countless items that didn’t make this already full list.
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.