OK, before you read any further I want you to go into your Diigo (or whatever social bookmarking application you use) and tell me the number of items you have bookmarked. Go ahead, I'll wait...
Now let me ask you this? How often do you actually go back and use those websites? Now I'm not talking about the ones that you use on a regular basis (in fact, you probably have those urls memorized -- as do I), no, I'm talking about those posts, articles, etc. that you bookmarked that will help you do x, y, and z should the a, b, or c situation arise and Mr., Mrs. or Ms. is not available to answer your question. Yeah, THOSE bookmarks!
If you're like me, when the aforementioned occurrences happen, I tend to either use Google to find my answer or I reach out to my PLN on Twitter. So what exactly will happen to all of those bookmarked pages? They'll collect 'digital dust'. And then the day arrives when I'm feeling particularly ambitious and decide to just dive into Diigo and hit 'delete'. What about you?
As my husband can attest to, I have a thing for magazines. I LOVE to purchase them, tear out things, pass them along, etc. I think that if we purchased one of those log makers we'd have enough fuel to get us through the winter (OK, OK, I know that the winter in the East has been mild, but still).
So I was on one of my frenzied shopping sprees this past weekend and picked up an issue of Real Simple. I didn't pay any attention, just realized I didn't have that cover in my possession and assumed it was a new issue. Two shopping stops later I ran across another Real Simple whose cover image I also did not recall -- in to my shopping cart it went.
Imagine my ire when upon arriving home I noticed that BOTH Real Simple issues had the SAME date (February 2012) AND that the content was the same.
I've posted an image above for you to see what I am talking about.
How do you feel about publishers switching covers to appeal to different markets?
I've owned an iTouch since they first came out. In fact, I owned a 1st Gen iTouch up until December. Amazing, right? Considering that I'm such a Gadget Geek. I set up my 4th Gen iTouch, transferred over all my apps and I 'thought' I was good to go. Ah, happy oblivion....
Three months later, on a Sunday afternoon, I remembered that I hadn't seen some feeds I had emailed to myself from my Feedler account (my FAVORITE Google Reader app, it just works for me). It ONLY just registered, because I tend to 'mail' these links to myself in the middle of the night when I'm still in a fog (I really should stop trying to do anything beyond playing Drop7.) With a little sleuthing I discovered that although I had set up my email account on my iTouch I had forgotten to type in the password. OK, that was easy to fix. I vaguely wondered how many links I had lost as a result, but figured if I just now thought about it the links couldn't have been that important.
I glance up at my screen and -- WHOA!!!!!!!!!!! My gmail has just registered 61 new emails!!!! What??? I sheepishly click over to the tab and sure enough. All those emailed links which I thought were lost forever, guess they were just in cyber-limbo.
So when you get your iDevice, don't forget to COMPLETELY set up your email! Or be prepared to confront a deluge of emails when you finally (like me) do figure it out!