Currently I have 177 bookmarks. That’s right, just 177 websites have been fortunate enough to find their way into my web browser, and survive long enough to be saved, cataloged, tagged, and then released back into the wild. To be fair, I had well over 3,500 bookmarks using Ma.gnolia, a service that I can’t even link to because it died. The server the website was running on crashed, the owner of the site said that the backups were corrupt, and I managed to successfully recover 12 bookmarks….ugh.
This was back in 2009, and to say that it’s been hard being able to trust web 2.0 start ups with my data again is a gross understatement; I’d sooner attempt a tooth extraction with a wine key than put that much time and effort into creating another database I didn’t have control over (which is why I have automatic weekly backups of this website sent to me via e-mail, saved to my internal hard drive, and then backed up on another external drive). It’s been slow going, and while I’m still a bit anxious about “getting back on the horse”, Diigo has done a great job of providing me with a stable platform for saving, and sharing, my bookmarks. However, despite all of the pretty tags below, I can’t help but thing that it’s still a pathetically small amount of websites. It makes me feel ashamed to call myself the “tech savvy educator”, and makes me wonder if perhaps I might change the site name to the “learning to live with it educator”. I’m not sure how snappy that title is though.
If there’s one thing you’d be ashamed to admit publicly about your use of technology, I dare you to share it today, and link it to this blog post. There’s safety in numbers, right? If not, at least enjoy my Diigo tag cloud. It’s grown a bit since I last posted my tag cloud back in November of last year.