I‘ve never hoped more for a blog article to turn into a sales pitch…
I have no doubt that these things will continue to get better over time, but I also think that something like 80-90% of what he describes in this piece is within reach if you use Notion (especially true with iOS integration). I have a searchable, taggable archived index of my entire web reading list + bookmarks, as well as easy access to all of my notes, thoughts, shopping lists, etc. on all of my devices.
I am eagerly awaiting API support in notion, but generally it’s close enough to a “memex” that I have been able to stop fussing around with meta-problems and focus on what I actually want to do.
I’ve kicked Notion’s tires, and it looked like a nice WYSIWYG wiki with table support. I must have missed how it can be used to collect links. How do you do it?
There are browser plugins for Firefox/Chrome — similar to the bookmark button, and in iOS you install the app and then it’s available under “Share” (I configure this so it’s the first option).
You can create multiple databases in Notion, and as far as I can tell, any database with a “URL” property can receive bookmarks from the browser plug-in. The rest of the properties are configurable.
I prefer to use only two link databases (reading list, and “bookmarks” — for general reference material that I don’t necessarily want to queue up), and then use tags and filters to segment via database views.
Queue management for inbound digital content
Essentially information overload how do we deal with the non-stop barrage of information in a way that is effective, efficient and still valuable. IMO an untapped problem that is only getting worse.
RSS is ok in that role. I find news using RSS, select them on my mobile, then push to my Kindle. Often awesome content turns out to be just a clicky title and very little content.
Yeah, the “read later” flag that most newsreaders have is very useful. I use it constantly in Feedly. I also like Feedly’s “Boards”, which are just customizable tags for articles, since you can add any URL to them, making them a nice personal bookmark-tagging system.
I don’t find the queue to be much of a problem. Yes, it is annoying to have so many “unsynchronized input queues” but on the other hand the flexibility to add and remove queues all the time is also necessary.
Currently, I focus on my digital brain and I find the act of connecting informations more valuable than the ability to trace it back to its source. If I can it link, it works fine. For video, personal communication, chat, it does not work well, but at least the information is in my system.
Also somewhat related - possible “honorable mentions”: Zotero (AGPL), Perkeep (Apache 2.0).