Do you use bookmarks in your browser? It seems weirdly antiquated now, 2014, making links to favorite web sites, meticulously organizing them in folders, IN Firefox. I should be putting it all in the ‘cloud’, right?
Some of you have gotten into the online bookmarking site we looked at in Week 1, Diigo. I use it regularly now for the things worth sharing, along with my bookmark bar in the browser for email, online dox, Pandora, and more my personal day-to-day to-dos.
The point here is I just got my laptop totally redone, the browsing experience starting from scratch. I could load up my stored bookmarks of course, but this is like a new apartment, and maybe I should get some new furniture. Bookmarks define my neighborhood web, and I am getting to see where I go most frequently as I rebuild my collection. Sure, Google knows exactly where I’ve been and loves to remind me, but I am going to try to be more aware of the patterns of my internet explorations to see what serves me; what’s working and what’s not. How I can be more productive, and maybe carve some new trails.
I used to play a game with my best friend where we’d think up internet domain names we thought might exist, and see if they really did. There was always funny stuff to discover. This was back in the 90s when there seemed to be more quirky homemade websites. I sort of miss the random freshness of the internet. The next time I Google something I’m going to skip to the 778th page found.