For those of you who haven’t come across one of these yet, these posts are just links, there’s no explanatory or summary text. Although I sometimes think adding some would be beneficial I’ve stuck to simply calling out the sources we value. And it is for this very reason that I often get asked why I write a news round-up post each week. Well the reasons for this are:
- It allows our remote team to easily share and digest the things that we find interesting as individuals
- I, and a few other members of our team, can’t get into RSS readers
- I love The Week magazine and think its format is something that is ideally suited to the Web
- We are responsible for the hosting and back-up of this data
I also get asked why I don’t use an online/social bookmarking doodah.
Well, I’ve certainly tried but I’ve never really bought into them.
This may have something to do with the fact that even on my own computer I constantly back-up my bookmarks. Therefore, the thought of trusting our bookmarks to a hosted service alone really doesn’t sit well.
But you do it with email don’t you?
Err, no actually I don’t. I use mail clients that back up all my emails and all work related ones get dumped on a back-up drive and then they’re piped out to S3.
What S3?!!!! But you don’t control that.
Yeah, I know but I trust Amazon.
Irrational maybe, but I’m paying them for a service and they haven’t let me down yet.
The other major reason I do write-ups on our blog is that other people seem to appreciate it.
I’d be happy using something like delicious in addition to our regular write-up but this still wouldn’t fulfill all of the reasons we do a write-up.
Hence, the decision to stick with our current approach.
That said, I did recently bookmark this … so who knows you may be seeing a delicious embed some time soon.
I doubt it though.
UPDATE: I finally made the move over to Delicious and believe it or not I’m really pleased I did!