Managing the firehose

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I get information from lots of places.  Some of the information are cool things I might want to do–like write a paper, apply for a grant, try something in class, etc. Some is stuff I want to write about.  Some is stuff I need or want to send to someone else.  My strategy has been to just leave the tab open.  But then, sometimes Chrome crashes or my computer crashes and bam, all that stuff is gone.

I had been using the handy-dandy “save for later” feature in Feedly and then using IFTTT to save it here as a draft, but that’s not proving very effective.  And there’s no way to tell it why I’m saving it. And if I find something somewhere else, like Facebook or Twitter, I’m struggling to save those appropriately, too.  And I’ve tried to use Evernote effectively.  What I miss is old  It worked so well.  Sigh.  I need to rethink this.  Anyone have ideas?

4 Replies to “Managing the firehose”

  1. My “organization” is much the same as yours. I keep thinking I need to do it better and OneNote comes to mind as a tool. But I never get there. The closest I get is tweeting links to interesting things and reviewing my tweets later in the week.

  2. I have absolutely no suggestions for you. However, when you find a system, please share it with me.

    I do the same thing with tabs, but in Firefox. When I close it or it crashes it will reopen with all of my tabs in place. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not.

    I’m trying to get in the habit of reading something right away or sending something to someone right away so that it doesn’t pile up. Of course this doesn’t always work out.

    Tom Woodward is a smart guy and does a Weekly Web Harvest, which is an interesting way to keep track of findings.

    Libraries weed books that don’t get used so that the good stuff is easier to find. I’m trying to incorporate that philosophy into my collection of links (scattered all over from Evernote to Diigo and beyond).

    I guess I had suggestions after all. Don’t know how well they work though.

  3. I don’t keep tabs open for more than a day. I have a few folders in my bookmarks that I use as preliminary catchment on major themes (e.g. Teaching, Research, Family, Personal). Bookmark into the appropriate folder, forget until the end of the week: review & then properly file/employ if useful.

    Evernote’s very good for me but only because I use the tagging system voraciously. I have tags for all of my courses so I can take notes on student presentations and then compile all of the feedback/marks by clicking the appropriate tags.

    Even so, term time sucks for trying to keep on top of things. I’m barely managing and the worst of it is hitting in the next month. Ack!

  4. Everybody seems to a different system they wish were better. I’d venture it’s not about the superiority of any tool; it’s whatever compels us to stick with a habit.

    I have delicious bookmarks back to 2004; the site is still alive but I got tired of its wonkiness and search failures. I’m not really consistent in Evernote, but like its availability on all devices. Alec Couros showed me once how he saves and organizes all the videos he finds in Evernote and relies on it to build his presentations.

    I imported my delicious bookmarks to diigo and use that primarily to bookmark, I followed the steps outlined (on his blog I hope) by Darren Kuropatwa who likes redundancy planning. You can set up something to copy bookmarks made in diigo back to delicious, and there is a script (iftt?) that copies it also to Evernote. I go that but have never looked at the alts.

    I don’t like having more than maybe 10, 12 tabs open. I tend to keep just ones open for things I might do in the same or next day. That way it’s a reminder of stuff I should be doing. I’ve seen Tom
    Woodward laptop, he seems to have 50 tabs open and says he relishes the clutter.

    I’ve relied more in the last year of searching in Chrome history to refund something I saw last week, or more.

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