Friday, August 1, 2008

Shiney new pennies and retiring applications

I think a lot about old ways of working, and how we have to let go of the artifacts of the past in order to make way for the new. Now I'm starting to think about this in a much shorter time frame. Do we need to be abandoning some of our social networking applications to make way for the second and third generation tools? As new capabilities emerge (shiny new pennies) shouldn't we be abandoning some of those earlier relics?

Where I'd been thinking about this already, Yahoo's release yesterday of the new and improved delicious just served to highlight the issue. Matthew Ingram asked the obvious question: Delicious 2.0: Who bookmarks any more? Good question? A day late and a dollar short? I still use Magnolia, but I've been using it less and less. Between search and sharing in Google Reader most of the benefits of social bookmarking have been rendered obsolete. Maybe I should just stop?

Think of all the current tools that FriendFeed and Feedly have the potential to displace? Many of the things that have our attention today may have just been gateways to much more interesting ways of working. I suspect that we will be looking back at these early tools and be laughing at just how crude they really were. Which begs the question: Besides social bookmarking what else should be on the hit list?

1 comment:

Bud said...

I agree that delicious may be becoming obsolete, mainly because it does not cover my feed reading in google reader. I still tag, favorite, and bookmark there. I was once using netnewswire along with a tool to fire the url's I found interesting into deliciousl. The problem is that netnewswire was specific to a specific computer. When I moved into the cloud (i.e., using google reader), that way of doing things did not follow.