I am once again overwhelmed by too much information.
And lately, I’m even overwhelmed by too many tools to access, filter and read that information or to save it for later or add it to various Web 2.0 tools.
On my browser bar alone I have my Google Reader Subscribe button and the ability to save information to Kirtsy, del.icio.us, Second Brain, Instapaper, Evernote, Tumblr, and more recently Strands and Twine.
Before I talk a little more about Strands and Twine, I have to voice a few complaints:
- I’m getting tired of having to learn new iconography every time a new site launches and decides to create a unique set of icons to represent the same functionality found on their competitors’ sites. I would love for everyone to adopt a basic set of icons to illustrate features such as Profile, Settings, Publish, etc. so I’m not trying to figure out that that stapler icon means files. Kudos for the adoption of the RSS feed symbol. Let’s get more of those universal icons, please.
- I’m growing weary of all this new terminology that is proprietary to a particular site. Do new companies really believe that their terminology will become the definitive words that we’ll be using 5, 10 years from now? I mean every one of them? What struck me during the demos of both Strands and Twine (which I like, by the way, so don’t let this rant confuse you), is that “strands” and “twine” both basically stand for “interests.” Why not call them “Interests”???
Phew! Okay. Got that off my chest. Now on to Strands and Twine.
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