In this post, I wrote about why I tried to quit social media, and why I ultimately came back. Except I didn’t do a very good job of it. I had a very hard time putting into words what it was that disturbs me so much about my relationship with social media.
About 6 weeks ago, I decided to delete all of my social media accounts (except goodreads.com). I deleted my Facebook account years ago, because I think it’s creepy, and Mark Zuckerberg hates his users. I also deleted LinkedIn before this, because for my profession there are better ways to connect; like github. But I did delete my App.net, Twitter, Reddit, and Google Plus accounts.
tl;wr: bookmarklets are awesome, and you should use them.
When I was home for Christmas, I discovered that my brother didn’t know what bookmarklets were. This sort of blew my mind, because he is a pretty savvy internetter. I use bookmarklets more than any other bookmark I have. The fact that he had no idea what they were made me realize that maybe they aren’t commonly known and used. Which, frankly, is a shame.
TL;WR: #FirstWorldProblems and Google is EVERYWHERE
Google makes me nervous. The oft mentioned slogan “Don’t be evil.” makes me even more nervous. Google has to make a point of reminding themselves not to be evil. People don’t walk around with the mantra “don’t murder anyone” repeating in their head. Unless that is actually a risk. I use Google a lot, and I’ve been thinking lately about using them less. This post is mostly just me thinking “out loud” on how, or even if, that’s possible. Hell, this blog is hosted through Blogger, which is owned by Google.
UPDATE: I recently discovered that in Android, if you use voice search and start with “note to self,” it will email you with that as the subject line and the rest of what you say as the body. I updated my Gmail filter to label anything from me with the subject line “Note to self” as “todo.” This means I can now add to my to do list using my phone’s voice recognition.
[If you want to cut to the chase, here’s the ifttt recipe, so you don’t have to read anything else to do what the post’s title suggests.]
I am a massive fan of todo.txt. I’ve tried a LOT of to do list managers. Remember the Milk, Hive Minder, toodledoo, pen and paper, my email inbox, the built-in Blackberry and Outlook to do managers. There are probably more – those are just the ones I could think of in about a minute. For a person who is constantly in a terminal, todo.txt is the way to go.