and I share a passion for hacking into automation workflows to make us more productive - or so we tell ourselves
We've skirmished on the topic of productivity before: http://diginomica.com/2013/09/28/productivity-secrets-prioritization-rules-organization-drools/#.VATCePmwJ4c
Recently we had a Skype session that was intended to help him sort through some glitches in his curation workflow. (He's become disenchanted with Delicious and looking for more ease of content tagging and searching). But actually it was him giving me advice on better use of Evernote - a solution many swear by I haven't had any use for. More on Evernote in my next curation update..
Anyhow, I recommended to him that he reconsider Delicious, but look at more intentional tagging when articles enter the system (it's hard to mass edit them in Delicious later). I also recommended tag bundles, where you can easily group related tags as I have done for enterprise project failure, thereby avoiding glitches in how you tag individual pieces by putting them in one place:https://delicious.com/jonerp/tag_bundle/project%20failure
I'm not confident in the future of Delicious but your data is exportable and I haven't found a better solution for tagging articles and sharing them publicly. In my workflow, I start in my newsreader (the awesome paid version of Newsblur), and tag/add articles, often with my own bits of commentary into Delicious right from Newsblur, which then goes out into my jonerpnewsfeed in a variety of locations including Twitter (@jonerpnewsfeed). So, my Delicious archive of about 7,000 of the best enterprise pieces is publicly searchable at: http://www.delicious.com/jonerp
Tags in Delicious have their own individual RSS feeds, so I can subscribe to some of my own tags (for example tags related to media and blog post research).
But Chris is less happy with Delicious from a mobile app standpoint. Given that Delicious isn't built for the long haul business model-wise, I recommended Scoop.it. Den Howlett turned me on to Scoop.it and it has potential for both individual and enterprise curation and sharing.
The free version has some good capabilities (though they are aggressive about getting you to upgrade). I'm experimenting with two Scoop.it channels: #ensw
diversions - questionably relevant, edgy fodder to brighten your enterprise slog: http://www.scoop.it/t/enswdiversions
media disruptions - attention, monetization and whatever catches the eye: http://www.scoop.it/t/enswmedia
Since Scoop.it has an enterprise curation business model, it's likely to be around for a while and to keep improving its mobile apps (I like the mobile look and feel of the channels).
The great thing about these channels is that it fits into my general view, which is: if I'm already tagging content, why not share it? I monitor media becuase I'm in that biz, and blog about it sometimes. The diversion stuff is more fun and funky than anything, but I feature the best of that stuff in my weekly hits and misses column on diginomica.com
. So I needed a good way to organize it anyhow.
Anything you can organize and tag publicly, it just makes it easier for sharing.
I haven't tried to backup scoop.it
, but you can RSS your channels so that works as a good collection of prior links. Search is a minor issue - there is a good search engine on a per channel basis, but you can't use it when logged into your own back end. You need to view your channel on a different browser where you are not logged in. Then you can search your channel. This isn't perfect for the tagging and searching features you would want out of a platform like this, but it's not bad either.
All these tools are free though Scoop and Newsblur both have paid versions that add significant new features.
Looking forward to Chris' comments as he gets tries to sort his curation and tagging workflow. Meantime I need to update on how I'm going to use Evernote based on his advice....