In my post Better Communication is not More Communication, I mentioned that I have 10 tabs in my browser’s tab set. Several people in the comments and on Twitter asked me what they were.
My tabs fall into functional groups. Infrastructure, Communications, and Experiments.
Infrastructure are ones that I need for basic operations:
2. Google Calendar
Communciations are the goto applications for me for social networking:
4. Google Reader
5. Twitter (I still have this come up in a tab, even though I’m using TweetDeck – just to stay honest)
Experiments are things I’m trying out and kicking the tires on. These come and go. They are currently:
Ten tabs and no more ever in my “JimKit”.
There is another tab set called “Utility Belt” that has almost everything else in it that I can draw from when I need to. They are utilities and I can view them one at a time and shut them off when done. When I recently added Quub to the experiment list, Identi.ca went into the utility belt.
The utility belt is not a graveyard, it has many things I use rather often including:
- Google Docs
They are honest-to-god utilities that I could not live without. But, just like I don’t call up every application on my hard drive when I start the computer, I don’t want to bring up every site I have a password to.
Best to stick with 10 and be able to have some coherence to your personal social media world.