In his latest post, Jeremy Keith elegantly brings together a myriad of topics that are close to my heart. Control is why the tools that put content in orbit exist, an how when we look at the stars we’re taken back to the things we love.
[…] the truth was always that once something was out there on the web, users could always find a way to read it, alter it, store it, or revisit.
This is an important point: attempting to exert too much control will be interpreted as damage and routed around. That’s exactly why RSS exists. That’s why Readability and Instapaper exist. That’s why Findings and Readlists exist. Heck, it’s why Huffduffer exists.
Jeremy’s post struck home because I’ve been collecting digital bits as well, and it’s when I return to them — favorite tweets, starred articles on Readability, highlights on Readmill — that I look once again at these things I love with a new light and can see the connections made through the global conversation.
That’s what I do here at The Pilcrow, too. Nowadays, linking and commenting may seem commonplace on the web, but I think of them as the dearest and most personal form of collecting.