ambientfindability… wtf? aka the post in which I finally admit to utter ignorance instead of simply displaying it

Can someone, please, explain to me del.icio.us? Because I’ve been there; I’ve read the home page; I’ve clicked around. I’ve discovered links to it and tried to understand them in context. And I just don’t get it. And I’m not talking about the whiny, reactionary “I don’t get it” of buying a new cellphone of a different brand and stubbornly refusing to read the manual and encountering that culture shock of suddenly having to think inside a Scandinavian head instead of a Korean one or whatever. I’m talking about playing around with something, generally understanding how it works, and still having no clue what it’s for. Yeah, that kind of “I don’t get it.”

Granted, this is probably a bad page to start on, but ambient findability seems like an interesting idea to me. And to give you some of that all-important context, I almost thought I understood what it was going to be about when I read this Sterling post. I thought it was a book. I mean it looks like a book, right? And del.icio.us mentions “chapters,” but at the same time it totally obfuscates the fact that there might be a book, if there is, in fact, a book. Which I think is my point about not getting del.icio.us. Because what it seems like to me is a well-implemented tool for hiding and disorganizing information. And I’ve already got one of those, balanced precariously atop my neck.

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