Funny that I should run across this post from Pete Brown on, in this case, saving links, but what he writes really applies to almost any save it for later service”:

I was reading a review of some new link-saving app and was about to click Install to give it a try. Then I remembered that link-saving apps—like read-it-later services—are where things go to die.

I was just thinking about this last night so the serendipity of reading his post is amusing. I used to use for saving links then bought a license for Anybox on the Mac and iOS. I use Omnivore for saving things to read later”. But here’s the thing: I don’t go and read things later. I also generally don’t use any of the links that get filed into Anybox. Pete is right - these apps are where things go to die.

That isn’t to say that they aren’t useful for certain types of professions, or for people who do things like reviews for fun, but Pete’s take, and what I hear from most people who use these services, are that they are digital graveyards. To really make use of these tools you need some sort of workflow to deal with them. I’m getting to the point where I don’t have the wherewithal to deal with this stuff. It’s just more stuff that ends up taking room in my already-too-stuffed-up brain.

But Jason!” you say. The point of these tools is so that you don’t have to remember or think about that stuff.” and you’d be right for the most part. Except for me. I keep thinking about all of the crap I’ve got stored in those tools and why am I not reviewing them. That gets back to Pete’s point about needing workflows:

I do not need to have some complicated system of reminders or whatever to point me back to this pile of archived crap to review it.

Me either.

May 14, 2024