Lists and Lists: Keeping is not the same as finding

LOGO2.0 part IWhile I share his feelings about stuff and storage, I am not sure I totally agree with his take on the electronic “stuff” we save. I do love my lists…no secret there. I have at least three different notebooks full of lists right now. Plus a list sitting on my desk of things to do…and, we created a grocery list this morning over coffee.

Of course, I also have quite the growing list in my del.icio.us account.

The difference, for me, is that I can usually find what I want in those lists and in my electronic storage. Using tags and decent descriptions makes it easier to locate things later. I guess my inner librarian helped me out there.

Perhaps that is what we all need to keep up with these electronic dumps o’ info….an inner librarian who will take a little time up front to give enought metadata to make the stuff “findable” when that “later” from the “I might need this later” actually comes up.

Basement.org: Enough With The Lists

So do we throw it all out? Nope. We store it. The same goes for information on the web. There’s too much of it…and in a lot of cases the stuff is actually pretty good. So we collect it for umm…future consumption (at least that’s what we tell ourselves).

The result is the de-valuation of information. It’s less about the quality of any discrete piece of content and more about the numbing consequence of sheer abundance.

Image: ‘Grocery List
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