As the future of computing continues its migration from the traditional desktop to the web, organizing important applications and other troves of information will become more important than ever. Do you just store it on your browser? Or do you store it somewhere on the web for others to see?
Well, if you don’t know the best course of action, this Wired piece does a nice job of showing what options are out there.
Bookmarking at one time was just a nifty feature and nice add-on to the web browser, but now it seems hardly so trivial when you consider all the information we have to keep track of as members of this World IT department. According to this study by IDC (a sister company of CIO’s publisher), the 2006 “digital universe” was about 161 billion gigabytes (161) exabytes in size. IDC predicts that we should see a “six fold annual information growth from 2006 to 2007.”
Here’s how the study described the size:
This digital universe equals approximately three million times the information in all the books ever written – or the equivalent of 12 stacks of books, each extending more than 93 million miles from the earth to the sun.
How exausting to think about. For me, any relevant piece of information gets marked three times. I mark it to my personal browser (Firefox), one to social bookmarking site del.icio.us and a third to hybrid social networking/social bookmarking site StumbleUpon. After tagging and jotting notes about what interested me, I move on. At least, that’s what I do.
What about you?