I mentioned I think — or maybe it was in a different space — that I moved all my bookmarks into del.icio.us last week and I’m working my way through, updating, changing, deleting, deciding whether a given bookmark should be “public” or not …
I click on old bookmarks. Sometimes they are dead as a doornail. Sometimes they shift you over to a new URL. Sometimes …
Came across this one just now that had really morphed.
A while ago I was trying to decide whether to give up some magazine subscriptions and (truth tell) piles of old magazines — archives of periodicals that I might look at once every three years and, instead, sign on AND PAY $4.95/mo to KeepMedia, which offered 150+ titles online.
We sympathize with the postal carrier who, not just for us but also for others, walks down 40+ stairs from the nearest street to reach the cross path that connects with our walking path. He walks down the path to our stoop and up 18+ steps to our door to deliver our mail and magazines. And back down again and up and down again and up … as he walks down our walking path, delivering mail.
He walks another almost 100 steps down the steps to the next walking path to deliver another batch of mail.
Maybe, I thought, we could lighten his load.
I thought about it, do I want to give up my physical magazines, um. I thought about it, set it aside, thought about it. …
Turns out good thing I didn’t tie my wagon to that horse.
KeepMedia is now MyWire.com and a fine app MyWire.com may be, but it’s not what KeepMedia promised.
Word to the wise. Those packrats amongst us worry about stuff like this … give up your physical archives? Trust the Web? Trust the vendor not to change his business model?