Weekly Links Post (experiment)

The following is something I’m experimenting with. I’ve been pretty interested in workflows lately and I’m trying to get a little more out of bookmarking. The ability to create a summary post at preset time intervals based on a particular tag is something Diigo offers. I’m hoping that taking advantages of some of these bells and whistles will help me come to like Diigo.

After using Diigo for a few months, I still don’t like it. For instance, their bookmarklet loads, then pauses and adds something that makes me hit the wrong button about 30% of the time. I’m also not a fan of the way they embed ads. I miss Delicious Classic like people missed Coke after the debacle that was New Coke. After the Yahoo abandonment I hung on because I’d always preferred the simplicity. Eventually, the poor performance of the remixed Delicious literally forced me to leave. Way too often bookmarking a page resulted in having to hit refresh before I could interact with it again. That’s impressively dysfunctional. The subsequent loss of link rolls and other basic functionality eventually resulted in my move to Diigo.

My current setup is supposed to mirror Diigo to Delicious which then feeds my Pinboard account. So if Delicious ever stops actively breaking things, I’m prepared to return. It may be that Pinboard is the path but I haven’t messed with it enough.

  • Lift up your e’en to yon cauld face
    And lat your hert grow still:
    Auld is the world, but young the days
    O’ kindness and guid-will.

    -the readings of many of the poems are available in audio format and are worth listening to

    tags: poetry english scottish audio weekly post

  • I use a trick with co-workers when we’re trying to decide where to eat for lunch and no one has any ideas. I recommend McDonald’s.

    An interesting thing happens. Everyone unanimously agrees that we can’t possibly go to McDonald’s, and better lunch suggestions emerge. Magic!

    It’s as if we’ve broken the ice with the worst possible idea, and now that the discussion has started, people suddenly get very creative. I call it the McDonald’s Theory: people are inspired to come up with good ideas to ward off bad ones.

    tags: theory McDonald’s idea creativity post itrt

Posted from Diigo. Other links are here.

2 thoughts on “Weekly Links Post (experiment)

  1. Tim Stahmer

    I’m still with Delicious after all these years and I think the new owners have been doing a good job of fixing problems and adding features. However, I’ve also been eyeing Pinboard because of the one major problem with Delicious: it’s free. I’ve become very vary of free services with no apparent means of support, especially after the Google Reader mess.

    The reality is that companies have to make money or they go out of business, get bought and the product I like changes to something I don’t, or the service is killed. It’s hard to get that concept across to many people I speak with, especially teachers. Let’s face it: we’re cheap! :-) and for organizations that need to make a profit, the warm feeling that comes from helping education doesn’t pay the server bills.

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    1. Tom Woodward Post author

      I was ok with Delicious until the bookmarklet started acting up in Chrome on my Mac. It was slow as dirt and then did weird things that required me to refresh the page in order to interact with page elements again.

      I moved to Fever for a GReader replacement. It’s ok. Limited issues may be the fault of my cheap hosting.

      Pinboard seems pretty decent. I may make the move.

      I figure most of these people are mining our data and selling whatever they can. Maybe that doesn’t pay well enough. Seems Google would do it as part of the lock in halo.

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