The revolution of how you organize your links and your data

Alexander Steinhoff |

„I want to revolutionise how people structure and manage information. Information structure was the focus of my PhD thesis, and I think that the current way we sort our things in our computers and online is ineffective and unhandy. We all know those large folder trees that are difficult to manage and annoying by the sheer number of clicks needed to navigate through.

That’s because all our tools – our operating system, our browser bookmarking, our project management tools – are based on the file structures that we are used to from our physical world.
Join me on this small brainteaser: Imagine a bookshelf segmented in different compartments such as „science-fiction“, „novels“, „social criticism“ and so forth… which compartment would you put Orwell’s 1984 into? Any one of them would fit! Hence we start creating hierarchies to account for the complexity and we usually end up in a mess. In my imaginary bookshelf, there are no compartments and a book can be about anywhere. But every book has little paper tags attached to it, as many as I want. I can filter for these tags, and so 1984 pops up whenever I filter for any of the three categories above. Imagine the bookshelf contains a few million books and you’ll quickly see how much more practical that would be.

That’s why I believe that the future is tagging instead of filing. Not only for social media but for all our digital information. To start the revolution, we have developed Tagpacker is a free tool for organising links to any online content, such as articles, videos or websites in a neatly structured way, based on tagging rather than filing. But it goes beyond that for it allows to share these bookmarks with others. Our goal is not only to revolutionise the way information is organized but also how it is being shared.“

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