Here is a list of the web applications that I use in some way while I consume, process, and publish data online:
- Scrapbook - Firefox extension for archiving a web page to your computer only
- Google Notebook - application for clipping sections of content into a notebook, where you can group similar content
- Diigo (I previously used Furl ) - social bookmarking application that allows you to clip content and archive online copy of full content
- Delicious - the social bookmarking application that i've used the longest. I have Diigo post a copy of each bookmark to del.icio.us
- Google Docs - web based word processor that can also publish to a blog
- Wordpress - open source blogging engine
- Clipmarks - similar to Diggo, with a touch of Google Notebook, it allows you to clip content easier from a page and share it via a blog or email.
- Google Reader - very close to being the best RSS reader
- Feed Demon - passable desktop RSS reader for windows that syncs with newgator service, and Net News Wire
- Net News Wire - my favorite Mac feed reader (see review here )
- ecto - my favorite desktop blog editor
- Gmail - my favorite email client, and one that can be used to store practically anything (aka CRM, storage, Task Manager )
- Gmail This! - a bookmarklet that clips a link and selected content directly into a new gmail message
- Send via SMS - a button on certain services that allows you to SMS data to yourself or others (Hopstop and Google Maps do this too)
At some point I touch every one of these applications. Whether its just reading RSS feeds, publishing blog posts, or trying to capture useful information for later. This drives me nuts! Some days I use diigo, others I use google notebook, and then with some articles I clip content for offline use, so I use Scrapbook.
There always seems to be exceptions for each piece of software. There's always some small reason that I can't use it, so then I have to go find another. Diigo limits how much you can clip and won't archive password protected information. Google Notebook becomes hard to manage once you have over 20 or so notebooks. Google Docs doesn't fully integrate with Wordpress. Google reader is great for reading feeds, but terrible at organizing them into folders. Clipmarks is similar to Google Notebook and to Diigo, but lets you clip more content from different parts of a page. You get the idea.
The point is: There is a workflow to processing information, and there are only a limited set of actions that you can take at any point in time. The process has been stewing in my mind for months, and now i'd like to map this out, and see why no one has yet come up with the ultimate solution.