Too much information, and too many ways to store it

Some days I feel like I’m drowning in electronic ‘stuff’; information and articles and papers that I don’t have time to read but that I’d really like to keep, just in case I happen upon some time when I’m cleaning behind the filing cabinet.

And so I try all sorts of new/interesting ways to creatively managing this ‘stuff’, and then I end up drowning in (mostly) electronic solutions instead, forgetting i have accounts and not using them to their potential at all!

I use Evernote, only I’d forgotten that I use Evernote and I’d been not using it and storing things in Word documents in DropBox instead. So, I use DropBox too, clearly, and iCloud (although I don’t know what this is really). And then there’s Facebook and Twitter and Google+ (I have an account but I don’t really know what this does either) and Pocket and Penultimate and Skitch (although I think this only does pictures and I only have it because it links to Evernote) and real physical beautiful Moleskin notebooks (in five different colours), some of which talk to Evernote. Then there’s my three (or is it four) email accounts. I have a 3-Minute Journal, an Outlook calendar, a Google calendar and an iCloud-mail-something calendar too. Then there’s Pinterest which seems like a good idea for ‘storing’ things, but it is public, so I’m not sure if that would be appropriate and what about Tumblr?

And if I keep thinking about it I can keep naming ‘solutions’!

Which makes me wonder how it is to be a student? As an undergraduate, how would I navigate all of this ‘stuff’ when I have NO idea which bits of it are important, and which aren’t? And who would teach me, or would I just have to figure it out on my own?

And so then I wonder about our responsibilities as academics? What should we teach our students about all of this? The assumption that they already know is unhelpful. We need to show them how to manage all that information, to think critically about it and decide what is useful to them and how to store it in a meaningful and retrievable way for future use.

Which makes me wonder, what would be a good tool for that, and can anyone explain Reddit to me?

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3 thoughts on “Too much information, and too many ways to store it

  1. Just back from 4 computer-free days on two Inner Hebridean islands and I come across today’s blog. I could have written it myself! I too have a Facebook account, and twitter and LinkedIn and more than one email account but just how many I’m not sure. I too have used Evernote but not for ages and have no idea what I’ve written there. And Skitch is on this machine too. I started using Koku to keep track of money and it’s over a year since I updated it! Life is just too short for all this electronic stuff and it must be worse for those with G, GG GGG or GGGG links to mobile phones and get notifications of twits twites and tweets every other minute to distract them from real work or play. People are more interesting.

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