On Bookmarking

First, a confession: I’m a hoarder. A fucking hamster that takes anything that even resembles something that could be of use at some point in time, and saves it.

Notes, URIs, images, etc. I don’t know if I act like this naturally, or for how long I’ve been doing it, but I know this behavioral pattern fits my online activities. There’s a certain fear that things will be forgotten.

I’ve tried many bookmarking apps and systems: Delicious, Evernote, GimmeBar, Pocket, etc. You name it. Each, and every time I am looking for something, I go to Google first (I default to Google, like many other people, I may presume), and 99% of the time I find what I’m looking for.

The question I am asking myself at the moment — and writing this down, since I’m sort of thinking out loud — do bookmarking services rely on our mental model, on this fear of ours that we might never come across something again, more than there is a realistic need for those services themselves?

What’s wrong with just remembering things you think are important? When did we stop doing that?

I know it’s tough nowadays, information overload, yada, yada, but in reality, we just need to consume less. We need less of everything.

We don’t need better and faster bookmarking, or bigger storage. We need better quality filters.

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