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2 December, 2005

Antisocial software

I'm not really into the collaborative aspect of the web: I publish photos here, not at Flickr, StumbleUpon is kind of annoying, and I don't remotely support bittorrent-like p2p networking.  Likewise, though I like the idea of online bookmarks which I can access from multiple computers, the publicly-shared, social element of del.icio.us doesn't remotely interest me.

Hence, I was interested to hear about LookLater, via Lifehacker. It's pretty much the same thing as del.icio.us (searchable bookmarks online), and compatible with that, but not open for everyone to see one's private bookmarks.

I'm not perverse enough to go to the effort to immediately transfer my del.icio.us bookmarks over to LookLater, but don't expect the former to receive updates from now on.

Needless to say, it's not necessarily a matter of using LookLater or del.icio.us, so the services are complementary; some might wish to have both public and private bookmarks, but, well, not me.

Comments

Thanks for the post about LookLater.

As you say, the services are complimentary. I like the social sites in that in a couple of link hops I can find other sites that interest me but having all my bookmarks public is a little weird. Thats why I created LookLater.

If you have any suggestions about how to improve it just drop by the forums and leave a note.

Thanks.

- Doug Martin

Posted by Doug Martin at December 3, 2005 10:38 PM

I'm guessing that the reason you 'don't remotely support bittorrent-like p2p networking' is the piracy aspect, and admittedly it's used a lot for that. But p2p (and bittorrent in particular) do have legitimate uses. I use bt to get all sorts of completely legal files, mainly Linux distribution iso's and that kind of thing. It reduces bandwidth requirements for the organisation in question and improves downloading speeds for the people downloading the files.

Posted by danbee at December 5, 2005 10:24 AM
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