A (long) while ago, Julie posted about a Chrome plug-in that counted your tabs at the end of the day and, for five days in December, let you choose which charities you wanted Google to donate to – your donation based on the number of tabs you had opened. It seemed like a really good idea for someone like me, someone who can perform the control + T (command + T at work…) move in her sleep. By the time I heard about it, it was a little late to download it – only one day left for donations. And I’m still a Firefox devotee, despite flirting with Chrome from time to time. But most importantly, the donation point seemed to only come when you close your browser at the end of the day – something I hardly ever do.
I get connected to my tabs. They get way, way out of control and eventually cause Firefox to crash. And even before that point, they slow down most of my other tasks, and I’ve grown accustomed to the weird delay caused by leaving open 10, 20, 30, more tabs at the same time. Some are my go-to tabs, the ones I check all day long, almost every time I log in, and those I’m happy to close at the end of the day and bring back the next – Gmail, Google Reader, Flickr.
With the rest, well, there’s where I get myself into trouble.
The rest represent things on my to do list, inspiration, ideas. There’s recipes to try, blog improvements to check out, ideas for posts. There’s random things I want, ideas and dates and sites I want to remember. There’s the reminder that I need to get a different parking permit downtown.
It’s really inefficient.
I’ve tried online bookmarking tools. I’ve installed ReadItLater. I star things in Google Reader, I pin photos to Pinterest. I’m all over the place.
I’m not sure of a solution, really, so I thought I’d ask how others categorize, organize, remind, decide, and generally set themselves up to be able to handle the rush of information, good and bad, that comes from spending a lot of time online. Do you multitask like I do? Do you have a magical formula for making it all make sense?
(coming later this week: the power of the favicons and why your site should have one to help out an addict like me)