It is surprising how much of my personal (and professional) knowledge is just a list of links with some context. Some times the context is just tags and sometimes it is notes and meta information and even a few reflections. Here are a few tools I use.
Bookmarks and Social Bookmarking tools
I have been using them for a while but since I keep switching browsers, I keep losing a bunch of them. I started using delicious but over a period of time, its browser plugins are all broken. I still do have a lot of stuff in my delicious account.
The problem with bookmarks as well as delicious is that you need to be explicit. There is a chance to build something that is a bit smarter in several ways. More on that in a different post.
Evernote is one of my current favorites. The advantage is that it works pretty well on Windows, Android and iPad. You can sync your stuff on multiple devices. The disadvantage (at least for me) is that it is not easy to link across notes or notebooks.
I don’t particularly like Google docs to do anything personal. I use it for shared lists and some other stuff but I have this uneasy feeling about having everything in Google.
For a long time this was my personal KB. But occasionally it gets corrupted. It does not have some of the capabilities of Evernote (formatting, synchronization etc.) but very simple to use and is great for cross linking notes.
This is another one of my current favorites. It has a few problems but may end up working well in the long run. I use a private Twitter account to save links with some context and found an open source python program to download tweets (mine and others as well).
My blogs (both public and private) are probably the most effective. The public blogs are a bit skewed since I also tend to think about my readers. Some times I fiddle with them months or even years after I write them. I don’t delete outdated blog posts even though some times I feel that I should.
I tried many others – email, OneNote, Word docs etc. None of them worked to my satisfaction.
What about you? What works for you?
Though not directly related to the post here are some links you may enjoy: