The problem is the Internet is big. Really, really big.
It is so big, it is hard to keep track off just the small bits of it you are interested in (those small bits always seem to get bigger as the Internet itself gets bigger). You surf around a bit, find a site that is interesting, add it to your bookmarks so you can come back when it is updated again, and the next thing you know, you have 1000 bookmarks.
Worse yet, you have no idea which websites have been updated. You find yourself spending a lot of time visiting sites and finding that nothing new has been posted or that the latest post is not what your interested in anyways. So, you go the the next site where you find the same thing. Finally, you find one of your favorite sites has something new and exciting. Now you only have 997 more sites to check.
“Space,” it says, “is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space, listen…”
-Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy
There are those that predict the Internet will eventually contain the sum total of mankind’s knowledge.
With all the stuff on the Internet that is wildly made up, inaccurate, or just a plain old lie, I’d say there is already many times the sum knowledge of man here already. Even if we haven’t actually gotten all the real knowledge converted to the bits and bytes of digital storage. There is a lot of cool stuff you may want to keep track of and it can quickly become a lot of work and cause all that information overload thing people like to talk about.
So how can you keep track of all the things that interest you on the Internet?
Well, some sites offer an email subscription. Unfortunately, not all do. Plus, if you subscribe to too many sites in your email, you end up with a lot of email to get through before you find the mail your friends and family send you. You may miss that email about the most important meeting you have to attend in your life because there were too many email updates from basketweavingforlife24hoursaday.com (or something else that momentarily caught your attention – and no, I hope that is not a real site).
Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a simple way to keep track of when all your favorite Internet sites were updated?
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