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Tumblr.

by Chris Coyier

Tumblr

Keeping track of your web wanderings for future use can be tricky business. This is how I attempt to stay organized:

1) Bookmarks: Tried and true. I have a massive pile of them. I bookmark everything as I go along and then every so often I clean house by junking old and useless stuff and filing the good stuff. I use Foxmarks to stay synchronized across computers.

2) Del.icio.us: This is what we use here at FreshArrival to stay connected with each other about possible upcoming posts. Kind of a “best of” bookmarking thing. Sorry, no peeking! We also use WordPress “drafts” for this.

3) Google Notebook: I use this for cases where I want to save not only the URL but a snippet of text as well.

4) Gmail: For really important things I don’t want to forget, I open up a new message in Gmail, paste it all in the body, and save it as a draft. This way they are always staring me in the face.

Most of these accumulated, bite-size, web nuggets are nothing more than a chuckle, an ah-ha, or a keepsake…largely unsuitable for blogging. But whose fault is that, the blog itself or the tools that create it? I say it is the tools. Tumblr introduces a new set of tools that turn this highly personal scrap heap into a fascinating stream-of-conscientiousness, web-style.

To explain things more matter-of-factly: Tumblr is a new web service where you create a Tumblelog, “a variation of a blog, that favors short-form, mixed-media posts over the longer editorial posts frequently associated with blogging. Common post formats found on tumblelogs include links, photos, quotes, dialogues, and video. Unlike blogs, this format is frequently used to share the author’s creations, discoveries, or experiences without providing a commentary.” (Wikipedia)

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