The old saying is “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” and, one the whole, that’s pretty good advice. It’s certainly something I’ve mentioned previously when looking at generating online income. As we’ve seen recently in the UK with the Northern Rock fiasco, keeping all your money in one bank account isn’t a smart move either!
However, there are some times when it makes perfect sense to keep everything in one place.
On the face of it, putting in place a bookmarking strategy seems like a pretty dull thing to talk about but my personal experiences over the last few months have led me to the conclusion that it’s an important factor of effective time management.
How so, Mike?
Well let’s start with the death of Betsy, my old computer. It took me a long time to find a way to import all my bookmarks from my knackered old hard drive to my new computer. This process wasn’t helped by the clunky security “features” of Vista. I spent many hours trying to get the data across followed by several more searching online for a way that would actually bloody well work!
Next up, after I’d managed to get everything copied across, was the sheer volume of stuff I’d bookmarked in my imaginatively titled “To Be Read” folder. This folder contains stuff that I’ve seen around t’internet and I want to blog about, read further or retain as a reference site. The folder currently contains over 500 items. If I mooch across to Google Reader and have a look at my “starred” items, I see that I currently have 380 items. A quick check of my StumbleUpon profile reveals 171 favourites. Del.icio.us shows 90.
Current bookmarked items: 1200+
Number of sources: 4
Number of duplicates: ???
It’s really odd because as I was growing up everyone considered me to be a really well organised person so how have I managed to get myself in such a mess? How can I easily find information when I haven’t got a clue where I saved it? I remember bookmarking a site which was talking about blue widgets but do I scroll through 500 headlines from my To Be Read folder clicking on random links in the hope that I’ll find it?
So all of this has brought me to the conclusion that it makes perfect sense to keep all of my bookmarking eggs in one great big bookmarking basket and I’ve chosen to use del.icio.us for this purpose.
- All my bookmarks will be accessible from one place rather than scattered across various sources
- I can tag every bookmark with specific words so I can find them quickly
- I can access my bookmarks from any computer
- I will avoid duplicating bookmarks
- I can share my stuff with the community
My main reason for using del.icio.us rather than any of the other similar sites out there is because I love the simplicity of the site. Installing the del.icio.us Firefox extension makes it so darned easy to add new content and the ability to both search and add multiple tags makes the whole thing a breeze.
This is where it scores against StumbleUpon. Whilst SU allows you to apply multiple tags, it only allows you to search single tags so if I want to find that great article I read about the WordPress entrepreneur who developed a wicked AdSense plugin, I would have to look through each individual tag to find the post. With del.icio.us I can search for wordpress+entrepreneur+adsense+plugin.
I’ve just started adding specific tags for articles I want to blog about or read in greater detail (i.e. the To Be Read folder). Once I’ve blogged about the post or got round to reading it I can either re-tag it or delete the bookmark altogether.
It’s going to take me ages to import all of these scattered bookmarks into one place but, once it’s done, it will save me shedloads of time in the long run. No more hunting around for stuff, it’ll all be in one place and this should free up some of my research time to be used for more productive purposes. Like having a beer 😎